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by David Greene
June 28th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 518
Views: 104034

Re: RE: Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

New owner will rename, renovate troubled 180 E. Fifth building in St. Paul This is a donut shaped building, I imagine the floorplates might be tricky for modern office tenants. Why not convert to apartments? We had some of our offices there before we moved. I much preferred it to Galtier. Much more...
by David Greene
June 25th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 998
Views: 110137

Re: RE: Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Politicians aren't the best at using the correct terms for transit services. Except Opat has been at the forefront of the project since it started as BRT. He absolutely knows what he's saying. And he had a history of snubbing the Northside, even when he represented part of it. It's devisive languag...
by David Greene
June 24th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 998
Views: 110137

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Man, that tweet gives me all kinds of creepy, mixed feelings. On the one hand, calling the line "suburban" may be a political ploy to make the project more appealing to <whomever>. On the other hand, it's very insensitive, almost to the point of being outright racist. Opat is completely dismissing t...
by David Greene
June 6th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 216
Views: 32873

Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

I'd wager it's enough if they are trading a house (i.e., equity) and only upgrading a few hundred thousand over their old place. PAs make 120k+ often, as do some specialized types of nurses (anesthetists). With a 120k salary, a generous 170k down payment and minimal living expenses someone could af...
by David Greene
June 5th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 216
Views: 32873

Re: RE: Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

Just think of the number of doctors, NPs, PAs, CRNAs and other professions at HCMC and the U of M hospital. That is large number of people, many that may prefer to live close to work. I can guarantee you that NPs and PAs make nowhere near enough to afford these. Maybe a couple both working as NPs a...
by David Greene
May 19th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1640

Re: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding

Good.

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by David Greene
April 10th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3765

Re: Green Line LRT

What you're describing is basically the PRT fantasy but much more complicated. Huge distributed computing systems are difficult to build. I don't have the proof in front of me but I would not be surprised if such an optimization problem is NP complete or worse (computer-speak for, "I can't solve thi...
by David Greene
March 5th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?
Replies: 41
Views: 2791

Re: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?

That's hilarious.

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by David Greene
March 2nd, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 189
Views: 36012

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

Target, UPS or FedEx?

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by David Greene
February 21st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1640

Re: RE: Re: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding

This is definitely an easier lift than the gas tax! One does not happen without the other. Suburban and rural legislators won't vote for transit money without road money in return. My fear is that the inevitable gas tax reduction will result in a decrease in or elimination of the transit piece, lea...
by David Greene
February 21st, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1640

Re: RE: Re: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding

Remember that the existing half-cent transportation sales tax doesn't go away, and in Hennepin and Ramsey counties at least, there's no indication that anyone (except Jeff Johnson) is looking to shift it from transit to highways. Right, but the total would still be much less than a lot of places. S...
by David Greene
February 20th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1640

Re: RE: Re: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding

Here's a crazy idea.... Why don't we just apply the regular state sales tax to gasoline, in addition to the "user fee" that is the gas tax? It's been talked about in some corners but is seen as politically infeasible. Personally I would love to see some gas tax money go to a real highway BRT line a...
by David Greene
February 20th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1640

Re: RE: Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

His budget also calls for a 1/8th cent addition to the metro transit tax and (maybe most significantly) a shifting of Metro Mobility off Metro Transit's books. That's where the transit money is in this proposal, and it's significant. I don't know how Metro Mobility factors in, but 1/8 cent for tran...
by David Greene
February 4th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 25757

Re: Interstate 94

It's weird to me that people do this. Every once in awhile someone from works mentions taking 35W into downtown during rush hour from South Minneapolis and I just wonder why. Pick a street that's not already clogged with through-commuters. I don't get why this is so surprising. I drive from Minneap...
by David Greene
February 4th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46976

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

I call BS on fiber optics. There is absolutely no reason the system needs the bandwidth fiber supplies. If they're taking the opportunity to lay fiber for other services, that's one thing, but aBRT is *not* driving the laying of fiber. Whoever said that is either terribly misinformed or has some age...
by David Greene
February 4th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2280
Views: 220478

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

KSTP, the Fox News of Minnesota. Actual local Fox 9 News is pretty decent, it turns out.

EDIT: I didn't read down to the byline at first. Jay Kolls. Why am I not surprised...
by David Greene
February 1st, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46976

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

If they're willing to look at doubling the length of the E Line, I've gotta imagine they'll look at it for the B Line too. Hopefully going directly from Marshall to Selby, not swinging up to University like the 21 does. How important is the connection to the Green Line at University? Sent from my P...
by David Greene
January 18th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 146
Views: 10435

Re: Metropolitan Council

I almost believe that, except Lamb served under multiple very different administrations and was very effective under all of them. Why *now*?
by David Greene
January 15th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2280
Views: 220478

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Given what we know, I can't think of a good reason to dismiss someone who is apparently highly respected by the workforce and who has room the agency pretty effectively

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by David Greene
January 14th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 146
Views: 10435

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The whole thing is disgraceful. Why do we care if homeless people ride transit anyway? Don't they have things hard enough without being pushed out of yet more public places?

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