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by nate
August 3rd, 2015, 7:27 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Condos, construction liability laws, etc.
Replies: 85
Views: 2726

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

I'd argue apartments are better for the city: 1) Faster development cycle. 2) Flexibility for residents to move in/out as lives change. Wanna give downtown living a try for a year and see if you like it? Rent an apartment. You're not married to the neighborhood. Wanna give downtown living a try but ...
by nate
August 2nd, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Los Angeles
Replies: 54
Views: 7577

Re: Los Angeles

That is the first time I have ever heard anyone call LA real estate cheap. Although in comparison to the superheated SF and London markets, it probably is.
by nate
August 1st, 2015, 2:45 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: West Grand Apartments (2138-2146 Grand Ave)
Replies: 7
Views: 1985

Re: West Grand Apartments (2138-2146 Grand Ave)

Developer: So I built is this hideously ugly, badly proportioned student ghetto with all
by nate
July 31st, 2015, 12:33 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: New Bell Museum/Planetarium
Replies: 51
Views: 8964

Re: New Bell Museum/Planetarium

I kind of like it.
by nate
July 27th, 2015, 3:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3151

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

Strib story with headline that makes no news (Green Line was always going to surpass Blue Line for ridership) but a great chart showing ridership at each station for the last 12 months. There are some really interesting trends here. http://www.startribune.com/green-line-lrt-ridership-surpasses-blue-...
by nate
July 9th, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3151

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

Anecdote. The quality of the LRT operators varies widely. Some are great at starting and stopping smoothly, others jerk their way into nearly every station. The smoother operators also seem to hit green lights mre consistently....at least as far as I've observed. What do you think?
by nate
July 8th, 2015, 10:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76780

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

I agree that the line must serve the core of DT St Paul, and froggies' map and twincitizen's explanation of the compromises involved are appropriate. Would it make sense to have a station between Davern and Montreal? There's lots of low-density superblock-style stuff there, but also a decent number ...
by nate
June 11th, 2015, 2:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 51779

Re: "A Line" Snelling Avenue Arterial Bus

To be fair to MT, escalation in construction costs has been pretty intense in the last few years. That especially hurts government projects, because they're typically on a longer timeframe for a variety of reasons. I'm also an architect, and I've got a job that's 10-12% over budget and another one t...
by nate
June 10th, 2015, 6:57 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 317
Views: 22307

Re: Subsidized Housing

That article is a little bit all over the place. The Hamline Station project referenced is only four stories. Two more could have been added while still being stick-built - why did that not happen? That would have at least lowered the per-unit cost. I would guess there were height or parking concern...
by nate
June 9th, 2015, 11:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 145931

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

I have to say that this is a really, really interesting discussion. 1) I think the point that Nicollet Mall suffers more from bad urban design (too few doors, not enough retail, generally poor street/skyway connections) at the building scale, as much as lack of programming or seating, is a very stro...
by nate
June 9th, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Permit Parking
Replies: 171
Views: 16395

Re: Permit Parking

HiawathaGuy wrote: I like having more eyes on the street personally.
Same here. I welcome hide and riders to my block near Lexington Parkway station. Particularly in the spring, fall, and winter when it gets dark earlier.
by nate
May 30th, 2015, 3:54 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Can Can Wonderland - Prior Ave
Replies: 6
Views: 2019

Re: Can Can Wonderland - Prior Ave

Very cool! That is a great old building with a lot of potential.
by nate
May 24th, 2015, 3:50 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Des Moines
Replies: 62
Views: 7008

Re: Des Moines

That's a pretty accurate description, if you're talking about the downtown area only. Des Moines really does not have the kind of moderately dense residential neighborhoods centered around walkable retail nodes that are so common in the Twin Cities. You don't have to get far out of downtown Des Moin...
by nate
May 24th, 2015, 2:19 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Des Moines
Replies: 62
Views: 7008

Re: Des Moines

I drove through on the way to Kansas City last weekend and decided to stop for lunch in Downtown Des Moines at the Farmers Market. It was really a great setup - 4 blocks of Court Ave were shut down to cars. Lots of food vendors and live music in addition to people selling produce. Lots of people out...
by nate
May 18th, 2015, 11:04 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 2700 University Avenue Development
Replies: 144
Views: 29147

Re: 2700 University Ave

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I like it.
by nate
April 28th, 2015, 11:30 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul
Replies: 210
Views: 35566

Re: Former Macy's Site

Given that the Traveler's tower was vacant for so long (which I had no idea about), and is not skyway-connected, I'd expect Ecolab's move to really liven up the 7th Place mall.
by nate
April 24th, 2015, 9:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 722
Views: 86504

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Cities crush rural areas in so many quality of life and economic indicators that I can understand why outstaters feel the deck is stacked against them. I have five different grocery stores within a mile or two of my house. My in-laws have to drive 45 minutes to get to Hy-Vee. I can send my kid to do...
by nate
April 22nd, 2015, 11:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 722
Views: 86504

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I, for one, think the idea of transporting prisoners to St Cloud on the Northstar is a wonderful idea. 1) It saves money and carbon emissions from having to put them in a truck and drive them up there. 2) It juices the ridership numbers of a horribly planned, lazily executed, albatross of a transit ...
by nate
April 17th, 2015, 6:23 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Office Market
Replies: 76
Views: 13351

Re: St. Paul Office Market

Sounds like the Ecolab move to the Travelers tower is going to happen. http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27930321/ecolab-acquire-downtown-travelers-building-move-operations I have got mixed feelings about this. Sounds like they will be abandoning all three of their buildings on Wabasha to conso...
by nate
April 12th, 2015, 11:13 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)
Replies: 49
Views: 13084

Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

There is a lot I'm not liking about this as it takes shape. -At least a few walk-up units, or even small patios, would liven up the Western façade. -Three stories seems very short for a full-block building. Why not go with four, and keep much of the parcel open for a future development? -No Universi...

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