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by twincitizen
December 8th, 2017, 12:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 785
Views: 66528

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Even if Frey wasn't declaring this project dead, it would still be sitting on the shelf for years to come, because politics. The optics of tearing up Nicollet AGAIN, after we just went through 2 years of construction, are extremely bad! There is no way the project was going to have ANY political sup...
by twincitizen
December 6th, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 1837
Views: 157421

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Excellent point, but what do they do on the train? Answer: nothing. Absolutely legitimate concerns on both sides (pro-shield and shield-skeptical), but I haven't heard a persuasive argument why bus drivers should be viewed any differently than train drivers. In general, the less interaction the driv...
by twincitizen
December 6th, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 280
Views: 33414

Re: Northern Lights Express

Could we, as a group, maybe, just maybe, refrain from posting about fantasy extensions to routes that haven't yet been built, or even funded? It's fine to have those thoughts in your head (and maybe even whip up a map for your own personal enjoyment), but I am really not sold on the value of broadca...
by twincitizen
December 6th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 18334

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

What does this mean for some other County owned buildings? For example the Family Justice Center sits on a lot that is over half the size of the block. That would a nice property to get back on the tax rolls.... I doubt the FJC would move in the near future. Even though it's a Hennepin County build...
by twincitizen
December 6th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: New Thrivent Headquarters Building - 6th and Portland
Replies: 13
Views: 459

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

I was kinda hoping that they'd build the new HQ on the 1/4-block lot and sell off the full block for development, but the inclusion of a skyway connection on the new parking ramp development was a pretty clear indication that the HQ was destined for the full block. Off-topic: You never hear about it...
by twincitizen
December 5th, 2017, 5:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Cedar Avenue - Powderhorn-Nokomis area
Replies: 161
Views: 16939

Re: Cedar Ave - Nokomis Area

Good sandwiches, but overpriced and a downright terrible location for this type of business. Did they even bother putting up a sign? I think they completely misread the neighborhood on price-point, foot traffic, everything. Decent enough concept, which might've had a chance in North Loop, Old St. An...
by twincitizen
December 1st, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Residences at 33 S 5th St, 40 floors. 451 feet (cancelled)
Replies: 49
Views: 3948

Re: Residences at 33 S 5th St, 40 floors. 451 feet

In a way, it is kinda similar to their most recent projects (602 N 1st St and 3009 Holmes), just extruded up 40 stories. Both of those projects involved teardown & construction on tight, midblock sites without a lot of wiggle room. The downtown one is obviously much more challenging due to the heigh...
by twincitizen
November 28th, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 182
Views: 7905

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

The race for the GOP nomination just got a lot more interesting. 2-term Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens filed to run for Governor as a Republican. Surprised me a little as I had kind of assumed she was an independent or even centrist Dem. http://www.startribune.com/woodbury-mayor-files-to-run-...
by twincitizen
November 28th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth Business News
Replies: 12
Views: 3803

Re: Duluth Business News

Strib takes a tour of Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood: http://www.startribune.com/duluth-s-lin ... 0403613/#9
by twincitizen
November 28th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Theater Garage Marquee Apartments - (Franklin & Lyndale)
Replies: 498
Views: 45456

Re: Franklin & Lyndale Redevelopment

I'd call it Franklyn! If you follow the timeline of this thread, it appears Wedgeguy may have coined the nickname even prior to the appearance of the "Frank-lyn-stein" cartoon that was posted on the anti-development MRRDC Facebook page. RIP Alan :( As of several months ago, I'd heard from the devel...
by twincitizen
November 21st, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street
Replies: 61
Views: 5174

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street

I'd wager is this apartments based on the size of the units. The HPC plans show there being "alcove" units on every floor 9-27. If it were condos, I'd expect some larger penthouses on the upper floors, and just larger units in general, on all floors.
by twincitizen
November 21st, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4037
Views: 331778

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Anyone know when Bottineau is supposed to advertise construction bids? Another several-month delay for Southwest will mean that Bottineau will have practically caught up in terms of project readiness. Granted, Bottineau could still run into some lengthy environmental studies (delays) itself, but it ...
by twincitizen
November 17th, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project
Replies: 653
Views: 67206

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

There was some chatter up-thread about the Good Grocer building being torn down . That property and the vacant lot to the west will be added to the Nico property, and the alley will be redirected out to Lake Street instead of Stevens Ave, due to the new exit ramp & widening of Stevens. http://www.mi...
by twincitizen
November 15th, 2017, 12:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Elliot Park
Replies: 36
Views: 6018

Re: Elliot Park

Yes, those townhomes are hideous and should be replaced. Yes, the existing apartment building (fmr Madison School) should be renovated. Cool. But replacing the townhomes with a tiny 3-story, 22-unit apartment building in this location? Not acceptable. I don't expect them to build Grant Park or Skysc...
by twincitizen
November 15th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Arcadia on the River - 1101 West River Parkway
Replies: 22
Views: 2121

Re: Arcadia on the River - 1101 West River Parkway

While common sense and market reality would lead us to believe that the ~16 year old office building would remain, with a condo tower built on the parking lot, I don't think it's 100% a foregone conclusion. Bernardi stated they were looking at ~$200M total development cost. That would buy quite a bi...
by twincitizen
November 13th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line (Gateway Corridor) BRT
Replies: 305
Views: 44112

Re: Gold Line (Gateway Corridor) BRT

WashCo Commissioner Lisa Weik with an update: http://www.woodburybulletin.com/opinion/4358337-lisa-weik-viewpoint-key-phase-begins-gold-line-brt-project I don't think it was announced here, but the Gold Line project is now in the hands of Metro Transit for engineering/construction phase. The project...
by twincitizen
November 13th, 2017, 2:06 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Expo 2023
Replies: 34
Views: 2751

Re: Expo 2023

Decision to be made on Wednesday: MN vs. Buenos Aires vs. Lodz (Poland)
http://finance-commerce.com/2017/11/wor ... ming-soon/ (unlocked)
by twincitizen
November 8th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 366
Views: 16526

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

If you ranked Frey or Dehn first, your 2nd and 3rd picks didn't matter a bit. I would have liked to put Frey 4th, to prevent Hoch from winning, if it came down to those two, but it didn't, so it didn't matter. The only people for whom it would have matter are people who voted Nekima, Hoch, Hodges i...
by twincitizen
November 8th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 14116

Re: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017

Midtown really needs a backer at the county. It currently does not have one. Short of voting out the entire Minneapolis cohort of the HC board in 2018 (McLaughlin, Higgins, Greene), I honestly think we might just have to wait a couple years until shovels are in the ground on the two LRT extensions. ...
by twincitizen
November 8th, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 14116

Re: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017

Alright Fletcher! As stated above, my predictions are that Barb is out, but Reich eeks out a win. I'm totally fine with that result too. With Johnson (prez), Glidden (vice-prez), and Quincy (budget chair) all gone, we do need to retain some old hands. Pessenda also struck me on the kinda wacky side,...

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