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by QuietBlue
July 12th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 885
Views: 112744

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

It makes sense. The hotels and offices alone should provide a decent customer base, not to mention people who work at the mall, and of course mall visitors themselves.
by QuietBlue
June 27th, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1190
Views: 142257

Re: MSP Airport

I've noticed many more flights taking off to the south recently, across the river. Anyone know what's going on with that? It's become quite the topic of discussion on my local Nextdoor, where people are complaining about the noise. I think the complaints are silly; it's really not that bad, but I am...
by QuietBlue
June 8th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: 7250 France Avenue - Edina
Replies: 33
Views: 2496

Re: 7250 France Avenue - Edina

Eh, I think the objections are silly, but people are freaking out about less in Minneapolis, so...
by QuietBlue
June 6th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: New Orleans
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Re: New Orleans

My review of the French Quarter: This feels like it reasonably could be a first neighborhood of a US major city to function well and eliminate all cars. It helps that it was built long before cars. :) But yeah, I love the French Quarter; I went to New Orleans for the first time in April and really ...
by QuietBlue
June 6th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 172
Views: 14309

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

BoredAgain wrote:
June 3rd, 2018, 6:25 pm
The millennial generation is larger than the boomer generation. Things will still shift because people are living longer, but we're not jumping off a cliff.
Correct, but Generation Z is smaller, which contributes to the issue.
by QuietBlue
June 6th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2018
Replies: 242
Views: 12453

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

Yes, that too!! Maye Quade won a swing seat by a pretty thin margin in '16. Better hope the people of Apple Valley are still fired up to vote DFL in a non-Presidential year (when turnout is down), AND that the DFL candidate is, y'know, good. It just doesn't add up. Picking someone from the metro, w...
by QuietBlue
May 22nd, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 172
Views: 14309

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

It's probably also not a good idea to assume that Millennials won't change their political views over time, either, considering that's exactly what the Boomers did (Gen X too, though not as much so far).
by QuietBlue
May 18th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 305
Views: 20371

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

Came here to post that myself. It's a good example of why just building luxury apartments and letting other apartments become affordable due to age/quality doesn't work, because those apartments will just end up getting upgraded or replaced.
by QuietBlue
May 15th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 902
Views: 73676

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

While it's never great to see a company leave, they didn't have much of a presence here to begin with, and their HQ was only here because they were once part of Cargill. The Twin Cities won't miss 150 jobs, especially not these days. I doubt even Plymouth will feel much impact.
by QuietBlue
May 9th, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 155
Views: 19330

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

Burnsville has been hit really hard the past couple of years on store closings, especially the national clothing store chains. They were doing better than most malls around here for a while, but they had the wrong assortment of stores at the wrong time. It doesn't help that they've traditionally bee...
by QuietBlue
May 1st, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 994
Views: 93901

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

It's funny that someone would call the proposed development "eyesores" when the intersection currently has two shuttered buildings, a vacant lot (that looks like it was probably another closed business), and a rather sad-looking laundry. Yet that, somehow, is better than what's proposed?
by QuietBlue
April 26th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 885
Views: 112744

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Yeah, the pricing they originally proposed would not have worked here, so it's good that they changed that. The food options are intriguing.
by QuietBlue
March 30th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 938
Views: 128307

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

The impression I have is that companies do want to be downtown, but in high-quality spaces, hence the disconnect between Class A and B space. Which I can understand, especially since a big part of the reason for being downtown is image and attracting employees. There's not as much benefit if your co...
by QuietBlue
March 23rd, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)
Replies: 433
Views: 49437

Re: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)

Just to clarify, I'm all for expanding the Red Line to downtown Minneapolis, because that will make a lot more useful, particularly for riders traveling outside of rush hours. My intent was to show why others may not consider it necessary, but I think that doing so is a good idea as long as it's not...
by QuietBlue
March 23rd, 2018, 8:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 938
Views: 128307

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

What do you all think about the reports that Target and Kroger might merge? While that brand doesn't have a big presence in our area, it's the second-largest retailer (behind Walmart) and 18th largest company in the U.S. according to Wiki... this could be good for downtown. I think it's very unlike...
by QuietBlue
March 23rd, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)
Replies: 433
Views: 49437

Re: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)

There's no way a Red Line bus that has to make all of its existing stops plus a stop at MOA on its route is going to be as fast as the existing express buses. That's what it would be up against. Sure, a Red Line bus that goes downtown is going to be faster than Red Line + Blue Line, and it would be ...
by QuietBlue
March 22nd, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)
Replies: 433
Views: 49437

Re: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)

One issue with replacing the express buses with the Red Line would be the extra time added to trips by servicing the MOA; getting in and out of there would slow things down a fair amount. Also, some of the express routes that run along Cedar/77 don't just run through that corridor -- they stop elsew...
by QuietBlue
March 22nd, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)
Replies: 433
Views: 49437

Re: Red Line (Cedar Avenue BRT)

Since there are already express buses that run along the Red Line route (albeit during more limited hours), that's probably part of the reasoning too. Most people already take those if the timing works out.
by QuietBlue
March 16th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Condo Rental Caps: Economics and Equity
Replies: 21
Views: 1467

Re: Condo Rental Caps: Economics and Equity

I think one big reason is lending. FHA isn't the only one that limits amount of rental units. FNMA also requires at least 51% owner occupied units in a project for the project to get CPM approval, which is a standard approval for FNMA. Since almost all loans are completed to FNMA guidelines, this i...
by QuietBlue
March 9th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Zoning, building codes, enforcement in the courts
Replies: 36
Views: 2384

Re: Zoning, building codes, enforcement in the courts

Yeah, Johnson's comments were pretty disappointing (but given who he represents, I suppose it's not totally unsurprising). I'm not in a position to buy at this point, but I sometimes look at property just to see what my rent dollars could buy (result: pretty much nothing, but I admittedly have a pr...

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