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by RailBaronYarr
December 11th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 361
Views: 16291

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

But no one is saying "increased supply of housing negatively affects affordability." They are saying that new *luxury* housing negatively affects affordability. And that's almost certainly true in some cases. As I said, it's being overgeneralized but that shouldn't cause us to completely discount t...
by RailBaronYarr
December 11th, 2017, 4:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 785
Views: 66319

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

^...But that would have been the case if the city used the special taxing streetcar TIF district of 8 parcels to fund its share, right? The city would have committed a certain amount of dedicated revenues, then worked with the Met Council to find other local dollars to then apply for federal matchin...
by RailBaronYarr
December 11th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 785
Views: 66319

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Well, the project area as defined in statute doesn't include much of the starter line that would extend down to Lake St, so you could obviously build a line that extended beyond Nicollet Mall onto other streets, but just not pay for it with this special taxing district. So something that went up Was...
by RailBaronYarr
December 11th, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 785
Views: 66319

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Maybe someone can point me to state property tax laws saying otherwise, but is the city not able to establish a value capture district that assesses local property owners for public improvements and just go do it? Is there something special about a streetcar, aBRT, or anything else that would preven...
by RailBaronYarr
December 8th, 2017, 11:21 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 361
Views: 16291

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

First, we need to dispel the notion that increased supply of housing negatively affects affordability. Except that's not what people are saying. I don't think we can say that putting luxury housing in "desireable" areas hasn't increased housing costs. I don't think we can say it has, either. Okay I...
by RailBaronYarr
December 8th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 156
Views: 18013

Re: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)

I'm a little confused on the focus of ire on this one. This isn't the only structure that's gone up in/near downtown that's around this size. The Edition on the west side of the new park, basically all the stuff in the Mill District and many of the North Loop buildings, etc. I think it's maybe a sha...
by RailBaronYarr
December 7th, 2017, 2:25 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 436
Views: 39981

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Well, as a member of the CLIC who saw all the projects being funded with the neighborhood parks money, I can say that there's a lot of core-function-spending going on in the near-term. The city (wisely) restricted that money to those neighborhood parks by ordinance, which the park board commissioner...
by RailBaronYarr
December 6th, 2017, 12:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 217
Views: 23531

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

After a day thinking about this, I actually am more disappointed about the project on the whole. Yes, these designs check the "good sidewalk, bulb-out, street-tree, etc" list. The pavers will mean drivers go slow. Lanes are narrowed. It's all the core things you expect in a good street. But, these a...
by RailBaronYarr
December 6th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics
Replies: 677
Views: 40746

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

Wasn’t sure this appeared anywhere else, but a parking lot is proposed to be apartments and a hotel in March Holmes, at the corner of SE 9th St and 6th Ave SE. http://finance-commerce.com/2017/12/hotel-rentals-pitched-in-marcy-holmes/ Article talks about two separate projects, one on (part of) the ...
by RailBaronYarr
December 5th, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 280
Views: 33389

Re: Northern Lights Express

I mean, not to get all nitpicky (since I know the thing I'm about to talk about also serves trucks), but the state did just spend over $150 million relocating a highway to a new big bridge that makes driving from Virginia to Duluth much easier than having just closed the road entirely. Obviously any...
by RailBaronYarr
December 5th, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 255
Views: 31911

Re: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)

I'd really like a hard journalism take comparing monthly rent at:
- Concrete-built high rise with views and a pool, literally 18 steps from a LRT station
- UMN-owned apartment buildings
- Concrete block dorm rooms
- Non-profit co-op housing
by RailBaronYarr
December 5th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 255
Views: 31911

Re: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)

Floorplans are online with some "starting at" prices per person for different unit sizes: http://hubminneapolis.com/Floor-Plans Some highlights (as much for me to reference back to if these prices get pulled from the site): 347 sqft Micro Studio: $1150 357 sqft Studio: $1310 403 sqft Studio Large: $...
by RailBaronYarr
December 5th, 2017, 1:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements
Replies: 217
Views: 23531

Re: Pedestrian Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

Agreed, although I'm fairly disappointed to see a lack of sidewalk-level bike facilities on 5th Ave. These streets and intersections will all obviously be much calmer after this project, but 5th is wide enough to fit them in (yes, I'm more open to the idea of losing~16 on-street parking spaces to do...
by RailBaronYarr
December 3rd, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 2008 Bryant Avenue Apartments
Replies: 134
Views: 8634

Re: 2008 Bryant Avenue Apartments

Yeah count me in the camp that thinks the ramp out front rather than relegated to the back is a good thing. Obviously the developer's desire to have basement units meant the ground level was higher than might otherwise be, necessitating more ramp. Still, the tradeoff is worth it - I'd rather have mo...
by RailBaronYarr
December 1st, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Residences at 33 S 5th St, 40 floors. 451 feet (cancelled)
Replies: 49
Views: 3771

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

One thing that struck me about the parking levels is that the floor-to-floor height is 10'8", which is exactly the same as a typical residential clear height. Since the ramp is only on one side, it'd be possible for them to convert parking to residential starting on the topmost ramp level *relativel...
by RailBaronYarr
November 30th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics
Replies: 677
Views: 40746

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-206879.pdf Oberpriller is proposing 10 2-story townhome units in 2 separate row buildings at 2407 2nd St NE, a 0.47 acre parcel with a ~100 year old prairie home. Mix of 2 & 3 bedroom units slated for rental, asking for ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 21st, 2017, 11:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 636
Views: 71913

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Ehh... It's what, 16 miles of track from Fridley to SPUD, with no stops, in 40 minutes. That's 24 mph or 38 kph. Having just given commuter rail way more thought than I'd like, the numbers off the top of my head for the RER and S-Bahn are ~50 kph, and that includes stops every 1-2 miles or so.
by RailBaronYarr
November 20th, 2017, 6:54 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Granary Corridor
Replies: 12
Views: 2382

Re: Granary Corridor

I'm not sure the *best* use of the ROW in the trench is for cars (vs other potential modes that could take advantage of the grade-separation), but I can't say that reducing traffic on University Ave by increasing vehicle connections is a bad thing. I also can't say that adding another E-W backbone a...
by RailBaronYarr
November 17th, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Labeling the Transit System

I haven't chimed in here before, but I honestly think it would be a bit silly to have 10 or so highway BRT lines all with a color and METRO branding, even if stop spacing and frequencies/span are similar to LRT. I know that the METRO branding conveys a certain level of service, including experience ...
by RailBaronYarr
November 17th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Labeling the Transit System

I think I disagree labeling the Greenway "streetcar" as such given its stop spacing and dedicated ROW. More importantly, I'm wondering how the Met Council's studied Highway Transitways will be labeled in our system. They seem to be very similar to the Orange and Red Lines (station locations/design, ...

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