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by Mdcastle
July 6th, 2016, 10:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43702

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

Another idea is if when you've been picked up in a self-driving gasoline rental car to head to Chicago for the weekend, if you'd be able to rent the electric car you own to the same agency rather than have it sit in the garage for the weekend.
by Mdcastle
July 6th, 2016, 10:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43702

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

I already know plenty of people who rent cars for long trips rather than use their own car. I also know plenty of people at work who rent cars to drive to other midwestern cities, and who rent a car rather than get mileage to drive their own car. I also know of and have used plenty of car rental pl...
by Mdcastle
July 6th, 2016, 10:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43702

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

Yes I'm sure that in a world where specialized vehicles are frequently rented by consumers, all vehicle rental agencies will still be at the airport. I don't think so, but they'll be no need to locate them in the neighborhood either, because no neighborhood location would be as convenient as one sh...
by Mdcastle
July 6th, 2016, 8:28 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Widening of Snelling Ave?
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: Widening of Snelling Ave?

Also, based on our observations from when my sister attended Northwestern, it's mainly middle class to rich kids that have probably never used a bus. It wasn't often that they'd leave campus at all, but when they did they'd all pile into one of the few cars on campus and go to Target or the movies o...
by Mdcastle
July 6th, 2016, 7:19 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Widening of Snelling Ave?
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: Widening of Snelling Ave?

They already have a layout, so it's possible. Why is it necessary? Because there's a severe congestion problem (LOS F) at the signals and this project will fix it. Unless the locals want to cough up a *lot* of money for interchanges, a more permanent fix isn't going to happen with this not even bein...
by Mdcastle
July 5th, 2016, 6:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43702

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

Or else just rely on self-driving gasoline cars for long trips if battery technology doesn't get any better. The existing gasoline supply should last a long time if all the intra-city driving was converted to electric. I'm personally a skeptic on whether the rental model in general will come to pass...
by Mdcastle
July 5th, 2016, 9:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43702

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

I keep hearing different opinions on whether battery technology will get good enough for an electric car to be an only car for the average person. Of course if the rental model of driverless cars comes to pass, and I'm not at all sure it will, that point would be moot because you could order up a ga...
by Mdcastle
July 4th, 2016, 12:34 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 22626

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

Luna Di Luna is a new restaurant that's been a hit with area residents. It's a traditional Italian sit-down place in the former Taco Bell / Pawn Shop / Smoke Shop on Lyndale.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luna-Di- ... 4528048523
by Mdcastle
July 2nd, 2016, 10:16 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 9735

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

Nothing too exciting. Green Horizons, a lawn service / landscaping / snow removal company is building an office/warehouse/outdoor storage facility.
http://sunthisweek.com/2015/09/24/city- ... ds-parcel/
by Mdcastle
July 2nd, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 512
Views: 43702

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

While watching a Harry Potter movie in a car that wasn't meant to be fully autonomous.
by Mdcastle
June 27th, 2016, 8:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Parking Facilities
Replies: 162
Views: 21729

Re: Downtown Parking Facilities

The only time I had the misfortune of needing to park in downtown Minneapolis for the whole day was when I was on jury duty. (this was pre-light rail). They specifically suggested we not park in the Government Center ramp due to the expense and suggested we look for a surface lot.
by Mdcastle
June 24th, 2016, 8:10 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 716
Views: 88120

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Not trolling. When urbanists throw out buzzwords like "sprawl" or "walkability" or "sustainability", that leads other people to believe they have a fundamental hatred of cars and houses and want to force everyone to live in an apartment within walking distance of a grocery store like you would in Eu...
by Mdcastle
June 24th, 2016, 10:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: White Castle and Holiday at Central & Hennepin
Replies: 119
Views: 12104

Re: White Castle and Holiday at Central & Hennepin

I know people that need gasoline can just drive farther to get it (or stop on their way home from longer trips), but not being familiar with the neighborhood, does the fact that gas stations are the de-facto corner grocery stores serve a purpose? Or that with a bigger station they could have more gr...
by Mdcastle
June 23rd, 2016, 7:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: White Castle and Holiday at Central & Hennepin
Replies: 119
Views: 12104

Re: White Castle and Holiday at Central & Hennepin

What would a White Castle and Holiday Station look with a high FAR and good urban standards, if it's even possible? Losing the drive-thru isn't an option considering how much of their business they'd lose without it, and gasoline pumps take up a lot of space, so what do you suggest? Working with som...
by Mdcastle
June 23rd, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 100
Views: 11524

Re: U.S. Highway 169

Besides Cargill and UHC don't forget about Target, Amazon, General Mills, and SuperValue
by Mdcastle
June 23rd, 2016, 4:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: White Castle and Holiday at Central & Hennepin
Replies: 119
Views: 12104

Re: White Castle and Holiday at Central & Hennepin

Whether they don't fit your urbanist tastes is another story, but there's obviously something wrong with the buildings; business owners don't tear down and rebuild just because they're bored. The Holiday seems very small for a modern gasoline station both in terms of the pumps and in the size of the...
by Mdcastle
June 23rd, 2016, 4:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 100
Views: 11524

Re: U.S. Highway 169

Big shocker, people that took a survey on US 169 use Highway 169 and don't want to be stuck in traffic.
And the 169 shield looks like a Wisconsin county highway marker.
by Mdcastle
June 20th, 2016, 7:12 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Chanhassen - Chaska - Carver County - General Topics
Replies: 103
Views: 12488

Re: Chanhassen - Chaska - Carver County - General Topics

It's no coincidence it's near the railroad tracks and the US 212 freeway- the original purpose of US 212 was to link Jonathan with the rest of the metro. Today it doesn't look much different from any suburb because the non-residential components never came to pass and the assumption was still that e...
by Mdcastle
June 19th, 2016, 10:06 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Valleyfair - Shakopee
Replies: 42
Views: 10133

Re: Valleyfair - Shakopee

Latest rumors: The Asylum is moving from it's home in Bumper Cars and it's not moving to a permanent haunt structure. Normally when haunt moves it's because the location is unavailable for construction. Important looking people have been seen taking measurements of the building. With the announced g...
by Mdcastle
June 15th, 2016, 7:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)
Replies: 155
Views: 13975

Re: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)

Looking at Dakota County's list, they're all either on state trunk highways or county state aid highways the county wants to to become trunk highways (in this scenario it would be trade where the county would take some trunk highway that don't need expansion). Existing county state aid and trunk hig...

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