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by xandrex
July 12th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1482
Views: 154121

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

As a fan of Republic, I still mourn it leaving Uptown. Really wish there was something in that vicinity at least similar to it in vibe.
by xandrex
July 9th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Theater Garage Marquee Apartments - (Franklin & Lyndale)
Replies: 532
Views: 55149

Re: Theater Garage Marquee Apartments - (Franklin & Lyndale)

I've definitely seen people on site recently, but I agree that it appears to be moving slow. (This is actually something I've noticed with several other projects recently as well - perhaps the construction worker shortage means less can get done in the same period of time it did just a few years ago).
by xandrex
July 3rd, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'
Replies: 76
Views: 13103

Re: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'

That's probably true, though Manhattan had a drive-thru McDonald's until about 5 years ago. (It ended up being swallowed by the Hudson Yards development from the looks of it).
by xandrex
June 26th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Nicollet Ave Apartments - 1700 block of Nicollet
Replies: 15
Views: 2885

Re: Nicollet Ave Apartments - 1700 block of Nicollet

Noticed a sign around the construction site the other day that refers to this as Nico Apartments. Not sure if that's news.

Anyway, construction website up with some renders and a flyover video. http://yellowtreecorp.com/project/nico-apartments/
by xandrex
June 10th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: State law: Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: State law: Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswal

What would happen if a significant police presence were occasionally...present...solely to ticket this infraction? I suspect that would give the law some visibility. I believe St. Paul does this every year at strategic intersections. I know they did at one of the intersections downtown near Rice Pa...
by xandrex
June 7th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 528
Views: 57997

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Echoing Matt’s comment on the Strib site, I don’t like the resignation to the Parkway being a commuter route east of Portland. I live right at the Parkway/Portland mess, and I want to see it calmed severely instead of allowed to stay a speedway. Figure out how to do meandering split one-ways from 3...
by xandrex
June 6th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 216
Views: 32868

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

Yeah, units here really aren't for typical DINKs. They're for the folks who can afford Lake Minnetonka or Chain of Lakes homes -- investment bankers, some higher-paid doctors, corporate execs, etc.
by xandrex
June 6th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 80
Views: 6281

Re: Electric Scooters

Scooters don't seem to sit in any location for very long. I'm on a pretty quiet street, but there's someone on the block who rides one home from work from time to time. It's gone within the hour.
by xandrex
June 6th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 716
Views: 88057

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

For some reason, it really feels like there's more to the move than Herberger's leaving. It's a store my grandparents shop at when they have a coupon, so I scratch my head and wonder the same thing sdho does - how could a library possibly draw fewer patrons than that?
by xandrex
June 5th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43684

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Yeah, I don't disagree that some of those people exist - just that most people who I've seen make that excuse haven't always been genuine. Regardless, it's clearly a reality for some, and even if it isn't, we'd still want to reduce emissions. That said, I'm surprised anyone would cite the Hennepin/L...
by xandrex
June 4th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Snelling Yards affordable & senior housing development - 3601 44th St E
Replies: 20
Views: 4770

Re: Snelling Yards affordable & senior housing development - 3601 44th St E

Wow, each building essentially an island surrounded by parking. Yuck.
by xandrex
June 4th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43684

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Not biking because of tailpipe exhaust seems to be largely a boogeyman of folks who don't want to bike in the first place (either searching for an excuse not to do so or as part of an anti-bike argument). In most parts of the city, exhaust largely isn't a perceptible issue. And for what it's worth, ...
by xandrex
June 4th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Electric Scooters
Replies: 80
Views: 6281

Re: Electric Scooters

I was wondering why I've seen so few scooters this season, including none from Jump at all.

I've still only used a scooter once (just for a few blocks, because it happened to be sitting near my house). The consistency with which they're available is just...not good.
by xandrex
May 21st, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1034
Views: 133259

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

HUGE Improv Theater to purchase the Art Materials building and will relocate to the location in 2020. Some fun renderings included with the article.

https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-li ... inneapolis
by xandrex
May 14th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 947
Views: 82215

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

That's interesting to see. I wonder why our transit commutes are so short. I'm guessing a combination of relatively compact local service and extensive express service that doesn't face much congestion on highways (and can use shoulders to pass)?
by xandrex
May 14th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 317
Views: 22506

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

It's obviously not a simple solution where you can just throw money at NOAH and problem solved. Public housing is absolutely part of the solution, and I hope Hennepin County will contribute more. On the topic of substandard NOAH: I have to imagine that there's a way to pencil out buying properties t...
by xandrex
May 13th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 317
Views: 22506

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

That comes with ongoing maintenance and replacement costs, though. And to me there's a moral question as to whether publicly-owned housing can appropriately be kept substandard (which is why some of that NOAH is affordable). That's true. I wasn't factoring in some of those costs over 10 years. Cert...
by xandrex
May 13th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 317
Views: 22506

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

Man, at $375,000 per unit of affordable housing built, it sure seems like we could just buy up a bunch of NOAH and hold prices at an affordable level.
by xandrex
May 9th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 175
Views: 19644

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

The article seems to indicate that the movie theater and restaurants are doing quite well - and anecdotally, the few times I'm in one of the restaurants there, that seems accurate. It's the retail that's the issue, and I wonder if maybe surface parking is just...psychologically preferred for that? I...
by xandrex
May 9th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 518
Views: 104033

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

I'm all for restoring the grid, and this seems like it could be fairly easy with, what, an easement?

It's probably fair to say this argument is more important once "Towerside" develops more. Alas, we'll probably develop the area and make it impossible to build any of these connections.

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