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by talindsay
July 18th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 736
Views: 87851

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

So SPUD is too far from the major activity center to be any good for commuter-type operations. It's fine for things like Amtrak. But there really are a lot of places where a west-side commuter rail terminal could be developed in the unlikely event that commuter rail ever actually demanded it. I thin...
by talindsay
July 16th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 81
Views: 11497

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

Their jobs have absolutely nothing to do with basic parking economics. Why would any team from the Fed waste time away from projects they are assigned as part of their jobs, to look at parking? So that they sound passably intelligent in presenting their request to the city. You're right at a functi...
by talindsay
June 19th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 998
Views: 110181

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

OR let's just do some more piecemeal extensions, such as extending the Blue Line to Van White and Penn down Olson Hwy. I strongly agree. I wish our region would more seriously consider piecemeal expansions as money becomes available, with simpler planning and without federal money, and then using t...
by talindsay
June 18th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hi-Lake - Minnehaha Mall (Target/Cub) - Downtown Longfellow
Replies: 214
Views: 32651

Re: Hi-Lake - Minnehaha Mall (Target/Cub) - Downtown Longfellow

We went into that location many years ago in an iteration where it was a martini bar, I think. It was unremarkable. It never crossed my mind to try it again. I might give it a try - especially since some strib commenter told them to take foie gras off the menu, sounds like it must be pretty good - b...
by talindsay
June 17th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 58
Views: 9638

Re: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

Also, the 3-bedroom layouts make me think of Metric's "Satellite Mind".
by talindsay
June 17th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 58
Views: 9638

Re: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

This is interesting. I like that. Maybe it's because I'm middle aged, but I think about risks of ownership in this building. How well tested are all these interesting elements? It says "Condominium" so I'm assuming these are owner-occupied units, and it's a lot to ask a pool of random somebodies to ...
by talindsay
June 3rd, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 80
Views: 6284

Re: Electric Scooters

As a runner I can tell you there's more than enough of them lying around to block the running paths.
by talindsay
May 31st, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46991

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

Understand my bias: I live in Cooper. The Greenway is so far from the activity centers, and my understanding has been that they couldn't use the train bridge both for ROW reasons and for the condition of the bridge. Building a new river crossing, or rebuilding the existing bridge to handle both frei...
by talindsay
May 30th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Tim Hortons
Replies: 30
Views: 2991

Re: Tim Hortons

I recall talindsay once had some intel on this. I actually don't know how our franchisee was doing it. The US ones all over the northeast / eastern Midwest were using central bakeries and shipping to the stores, which was one of the reasons their products were noticeably worse than in Canada, where...
by talindsay
May 30th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46991

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

Car traffic east of Hiawatha drops significantly enough that I'm sure they could take the middle of the roadway for rail without trouble. I've always rather hoped that they'd do something along the lines of what they currently plan for Riverview - use dedicated ROW from West Lake station to East Lak...
by talindsay
March 27th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 550
Views: 83454

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Also, a hospital should be super easy to sanitize. Cinder block walls, metal counters, etc. are really easy to sanitize. Granite isn't bad, but wood is terrible.
by talindsay
March 23rd, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 550
Views: 83454

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Of course, the medical side of the U has more money and more clout with the legislature than other parts, but "slated for demo in the next 3-5 years" describes about 10% of the campus, and has done so for decades. The University wish list places any obsolete building, in any state of use, as slated ...
by talindsay
March 21st, 2018, 7:20 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 199
Views: 19357

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Arterial Rapid Bus

I suspect these events are far more for the people throwing the sand than the people having sand thrown at them. Ha, nice. I mean, if they were *actually* breaking ground in any meaningful way whatsoever, it wouldn't be so absurd. Given the tremendous amount of digging any project requires, it seem...
by talindsay
March 17th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Boston
Replies: 24
Views: 2394

Re: Boston

Well, they're buying 28 new ones for the new extension through Cambridge - their current Green Line fleet is 488 cars per Wikipedia. And the 28 are being built by a Chinese company that's setting up a facility just for that order so they may be very custom. But regardless, that's a good sign.
by talindsay
March 14th, 2018, 5:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43716

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

I only read half of that article but unless it gets a whole lot smarter in the second half, I'd say it's kind of idiotic. Where exactly do they think all those autonomous cars will go when they're not in use? Or do they expect them to be continually circulating, and see no problem with traffic in th...
by talindsay
March 13th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Boston
Replies: 24
Views: 2394

Re: Boston

I think everybody agrees in principle that the Green Line should be completely replaced. The challenges to that are legion, but the two big ones are cost and disruption. The Green Line would be insanely expensive to rebuild, at least in part because it can't easily be phased or segmented, and the se...
by talindsay
March 13th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 145
Views: 23339

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Height in itself is neither good nor bad. The fight is over density, and density is what a city needs, not height.
by talindsay
March 8th, 2018, 3:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 355
Views: 42589

Re: Northern Lights Express

This is a giant stretch, but in theory you could ride LA Metrolink Los Angeles-Oceanside, transfer to the Coaster and go Oceanside-San Diego. Two commuter rail lines, but they make an intercity route. No idea if this would ever be useful considering there is Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner that runs thr...
by talindsay
March 8th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 355
Views: 42589

Re: Northern Lights Express

The equipment will be owned by the funder, if they follow the normal model, and the funder will be setting the operational parameters, with Amtrak as the contracted operator. Regarding equipment, I don't know what they'll decide but new operations like these try to choose something a little more con...
by talindsay
March 7th, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 355
Views: 42589

Re: Northern Lights Express

Why would anybody expect differently? That's absolutely the norm for intercity services everywhere in the US - there are exceptions, but those are just that - exceptions. I've been on Amtrak-contracted services before, and the funders have the ability to make it more or less like normal Amtrak servi...

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