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by twincitizen
December 18th, 2018, 3:54 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 277
Views: 14768

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

Maybe he was ready to be done anyways, but I really liked Charlie Zelle in this role (ok mostly just his manner of speaking and somewhat unplaceable east coast accent...but also he was open to studying freeway caps and such. I don't recall any specific situation where I was like "I disagree with thi...
by twincitizen
December 18th, 2018, 3:45 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 132
Views: 8345

Re: Metropolitan Council

She was just reelected to serve a second term as Mayor of Maplewood...a term which hasn't even begun yet. She seems like a fine candidate to lead the Met Council, with her long legislative experience, mayoral experience, etc. But the timing is odd for her and for Maplewood, which will have a vacant ...
by twincitizen
December 18th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 779
Views: 81179

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

On my way home from Southdale last night, I was racing against a northbound 465 bus in the crosstown commons, and had the following thought...is MVTA planning to restructure service? With the Orange Line running every 10-15 minutes well into the evenings, it would seem that MVTA could cut back a lot...
by twincitizen
December 18th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41256

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Yep: https://www.metrotransit.org/Data/Sites/1/media/midtown-corridor/midtown-greenway-track-detail-option-2.pdf But this was drawn up prior to SWLRT getting a tunnel. It assumes Midtown would run between the SWLRT tracks and the trail. And this drawing still shows the Abbott/31st/Chowen circle in i...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 10:56 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: Pittsburgh

Looks like my barely-educated guess wasn't far off: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2018/04/02/Pittsburgh-population-decline-international-immigration-Latinos-Bhutanese-Asians/stories/201804020011 Basically, in addition to metro Pittsburgh having an atypically low foreign-born population, ...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 969
Views: 139226

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

There's gotta be a street-level Chipotle in the works for the north end of Nicollet or Hennepin, right? How long can this market be ignored. I can't imagine it would get less business than the one at Nicollet & 11th...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 10:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 969
Views: 139226

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

and C) isn't very good ;)
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 9:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41256

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Anyways, for more evidence as to why I don't think tracks can be linked on the west end (even for out-of-service trains), it would be instructive to scroll through this presentation: https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Current-Projects/Southwest-LRT/Publications-And-Resources/Committee-...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41256

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Yeah that Oreos&Milk post is pretty obviously ill-informed and wrong. The rest of us have all read the Midtown AA study from 2013, which clearly includes stations at Hennepin, Lyndale, Nicollet, 5th, Chicago, and Bloomington Ave. The entire route was estimated at 13 minutes from West Lake to Hi-Lake...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1573
Views: 245018

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

It's under Anything Goes: https://forum.streets.mn/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1841 Has anyone updated the Google Map at the top of this thread? Do we care about that anymore or was that more of a 2012-2014 thing? Is it so out of date it's not worth the time? Observation on this forum's 6.5 year anniversary...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 9:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 969
Views: 139226

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

There are plenty of affordable food options around Downtown Minneapolis. They're just not greasy national burger chains. That's ok. From 9am-3pm tho. Aside from the Potbelly in IDS and Chipotle on Nicollet & 11th, basically none are open after work hours or on weekends. The only places to eat after...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Prudential/Target Credit Building - 3701 Wayzata Blvd
Replies: 26
Views: 4203

Re: Prudential/Target Credit Building - 3701 Wayzata Blvd

Safe to assume Opus is not planning any additional development on a portion of the parking lot at this time? It would seem a no brainer to put an apartment building on the south end of the site. Here's what the property lines look like: https://gis.hennepin.us/property/map/default.aspx?pid=290292432...
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists
Replies: 302
Views: 25601

Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

twincitizen wrote:
May 5th, 2015, 6:31 am
I just re-read this whole thread.
Did it again 3.5 years later.
by twincitizen
December 17th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 969
Views: 139226

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Pretty disingenuous to make that map of "the biggest and cheapest fast food chains" and not include Subway, which has 6+ locations downtown. Agreed. Not including Subway, Jimmy John's, etc. on the map is dishonest. Subway has more US locations than McDonalds, so does Starbucks (McD's is #3 now). Sp...
by twincitizen
December 15th, 2018, 7:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41256

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

See SWLRT platform plan here: https://metrocouncil.org/getdoc/985dda48-2db6-4e55-82c4-6ab861881de2/Image.aspx To enter the tunnel that will begin just northeast of the Lake St bridge, SWLRT tracks will begin dropping below grade immediately east of the West Lake Station platform. That grade differen...
by twincitizen
December 14th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 55
Views: 3113

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

It’s bonkers that Linden Hills has no limited stop or express service to downtown, considering the lengthy trip time on the 6 today. There is the 146, but that’s way down on 50th St, well outside of walking range from Linden Hills ‘Village’. The lack of highways in this part of the city, combined wi...
by twincitizen
December 14th, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 779
Views: 81179

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

No new news for us nerds, but here's the latest project update email blast: http://metroorangeline.cmail19.com/t/Vi ... 32AAFB68BF
by twincitizen
December 14th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: Pittsburgh

Yeah that 95,000 must be the metro area drop since 2000, or a typo entirely. Still, Pittsburgh proper has lost 32,000 people between 2000 and 2017. Most of that was 2000-2010, but the population has continued to shrink, losing a couple thousand in 2010-2017. What makes this super odd is the Pittsbur...
by twincitizen
December 14th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 486
Views: 41256

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

A few things folks. 1. this thread exists. Let's try to keep train talk here and not in the Midtown Greenway thread, which is primarily focused on the existing trail and potential extension over the river (Short Line Bridge) to St. Paul. I moved the last couple of pages of posts accordingly. 2. Metr...
by twincitizen
December 14th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh: population still shrinking, incomes rising https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-a ... ew-economy

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