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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: 416

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: 516
Views: 55843

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 - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 206
Views: 30587

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: 79
Views: 5835

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: 704
Views: 85779

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: 511
Views: 42818

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: 4711

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: 511
Views: 42818

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: 79
Views: 5835

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: 131588

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: 944
Views: 80714

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: 22296

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: 22296

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: 22296

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: 170
Views: 18460

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: 512
Views: 101681

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.
by xandrex
May 9th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 170
Views: 18460

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

I am honestly disturbed by the idea that a shopping center that has on-street parking, underground parking, *and* above-ground ramp parking — all free — is thought to be floundering because it doesn't have convenient-enough parking. The weird thing is, despite all of that parking, it's never seemin...
by xandrex
May 9th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 512
Views: 101681

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Do you mean by officially connecting 5th to Westgate?

If so, is that even necessary? Would it provide a connection more meaningful than the (probably only quasi-public) one that exists?
by xandrex
May 7th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17343

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

If I'm remembering correctly, they kinda let any city that was interested put their name down. Wouldn't want to hurt Ramsey's feelings, ya know?
by xandrex
May 6th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 170
Views: 18460

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

Article in TCB on why West End struggles with retail (apparently too big to be an entertainment complex, too small to be a retail mecca): http://tcbmag.com/news/articles/2019/ma ... wrong-size

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