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by Mdcastle
May 12th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23239

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

Notes from the Old Cedar Ave trail meeting: I was only the 2nd person to sign in, So I was able to talk to the city engineer as long as I wanted to: *The Bloomington Trail WILL BE FULLY PROTECTED and 8-10 feet wide all the way to the bridge. None of that "nothing between me and cars but paint" type ...
by Mdcastle
May 12th, 2016, 9:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 3535 Grand Ave S
Replies: 42
Views: 12939

Re: 3535 Grand Ave S

We kind of got away from this for a while, a lot of the mid-century ranch houses and ramblers except for maybe some brick or stone under the picture window one side was about the same as any other side, but now the typical Shakopee McMansion has all sorts of gables, stone veneer, and pillars on the ...
by Mdcastle
May 12th, 2016, 9:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 958
Views: 116697

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Are people in this area used to parallel parking, or is this one of the areas where most people haven't done it since their drivers test and would refuse to or even have no idea how to do it now. I can't help but think that's one of the reasons (besides fitting more cars in) that they put diagonal p...
by Mdcastle
May 5th, 2016, 11:16 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 84
Views: 12305

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

It's odd that Blue Cross opens an office in Minneapolis after they consolidated all their Eagan employees onto the main campus including selling and vacating that building and relinquishing their lease at Eagandale. A combination of fewer in-office employees and taking over Yankee Place North when t...
by Mdcastle
May 4th, 2016, 7:06 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23239

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

That's a better way of putting it; it's the implications of alleys that some people don't like, such as harder egress in a car, valuable back yard space taken up by a garage, and such. Meanwhile seeing driveways and garages in front isn't seen as an issue for some, just normal. (And I hate vinyl sid...
by Mdcastle
May 3rd, 2016, 10:53 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23239

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

Here's one idea I thought of https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/26523494420_c06f3142f5.jpg IMG_9154 by North Star Highways , on Flickr A shared wall on a garage wouldn't be as objectionable as one on a living space, the driveway would be a shared easement or else one person would own both lots with...
by Mdcastle
May 3rd, 2016, 7:07 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23239

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

Assuming we're throwing existing zoning and codes out the window: Are there house designs that could fit it a standard Bloomington lot if it were divided into two? Say at least 1000 square feet and a 2 car garage and enough back yard for a small deck or play area. I'm assuming this would need to be ...
by Mdcastle
May 1st, 2016, 3:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 64717

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

I haven't been to Union Depot before so my sister and I decided to go and take advantage of the free park and ride and free LRT passes. It took about an hour and 20 minutes from the 28th Ave station as opposed to probably a half hour driving and my sister was like "that takes a long time but at leas...
by Mdcastle
April 28th, 2016, 9:35 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Winona
Replies: 19
Views: 3860

Re: Winona

Yes, maybe a more clear way would be to state what each cost would be from the baseline of zero dollars instead of the baseline of what the budget is: Original Budget: Full Rehab $35 Million Current Estimates: 1) Full Rehab: $65 Million 2) Quick Fix: $15-$40 Million 3) Demolish: $7-$10.5 Million 4) ...
by Mdcastle
April 28th, 2016, 5:33 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Winona
Replies: 19
Views: 3860

Re: Winona

Options for the Bridge: 1) Do the project as originally planned: $30 Million over budget 2) Do a quick fix for a 20 year design life; remains fracture critical and weight restrictions likely: $19.5 Under to $5.5 Million over budget 3) Demolish the old bridge, deal with building a second span when tr...
by Mdcastle
April 25th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 529
Views: 48930

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

Right now self-driving cars can do routine, well mapped situations pretty well. Once idea might be to designate the freeways and some major highways as "autonomous vehicle corridors". You'd still have to drive your car if you wanted to go to a resteraunt in Uptown on a Friday night but a long commut...
by Mdcastle
April 21st, 2016, 5:11 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23239

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

I asked the engineer about a few things. The northbound aux lane will start at Cliff Road. I could see this changing in a few decades when the interchange is rebuilt or the area is redeveloped, but for now traffic modeling shows that traffic flows better with the lane starting at Cliff Road. All the...
by Mdcastle
April 21st, 2016, 7:46 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23239

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

When they wanted to get out of the city for good, my parents looked around in Burnsville but ultimately bought a house in Bloomington because they didn't want the hassle of crossing the river... in 1968. Construction shouldn't be too bad because they're maintaining two through lanes and the Lexus La...
by Mdcastle
April 18th, 2016, 1:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 52
Replies: 150
Views: 22038

Re: U.S. Highway 52

Generally speaking Mn/DOT proposes a RCI, than the locals go ballistic and cough up funding for an interchange instead.
by Mdcastle
April 14th, 2016, 2:34 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23239

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

Speculations: 1) Bloomington tended to grow out from the settlements of Bloomington, Oxboro, and south from Richfield simultaneously. This isn't too far from the Bloomington settlement at OSR and Penn. 2) The land is a lot more level than the rest of west Bloomington, which has significant hills, wh...
by Mdcastle
April 13th, 2016, 5:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: St. Croix River Crossing
Replies: 197
Views: 30228

Re: St. Croix River Crossing

Some absolutely massive ringer cranes have been brought in. Originally the project was going to be done using three sets of segment lifters, but with the delays and early winter last year they weren't able to finish placing segments on Piers 8 and 9 last year so they can't move them to Piers 10 and ...
by Mdcastle
April 6th, 2016, 7:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Valley regional rail (Shakopee, Mankato, beyond)
Replies: 55
Views: 7105

Re: Minnesota Valley regional rail (Shakopee, Mankato, beyond)

Valleyfair is a non-issue. The only time a train stop is justified is a couple of nice weekends a summer. They're not in the same class as Cedar Point or even a typical 6 Flags park so you don't have a lot of out-of-the region tourists that would be flying in wanting to go there. Most of their low w...
by Mdcastle
April 6th, 2016, 2:04 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Legacy Town Suburbs (Hopkins, Anoka, Stillwater, Shakopee, Chaska, etc.)
Replies: 31
Views: 1684

Re: Legacy Town Suburbs (Hopkins, Anoka, Stillwater, Shakopee, Chaska, etc.)

ImageIMG_0346 by North Star Highways, on Flickr
Towns prominent enough to be on the map in 1922 might be one way of looking at it.
by Mdcastle
April 5th, 2016, 2:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 958
Views: 116697

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Once you've spent money at the Lake Street businesses they don't care how hard it is to get back home.
by Mdcastle
March 31st, 2016, 10:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Freight Rail News and Happenings
Replies: 132
Views: 17318

Re: Freight Rail News and Happenings

MN 100 wasn't really planned in an overall fashion after it was created in 1934 as a trunk highway belt-line. Aside from the original Lilac way segments and the sections supplanted by interstates, it's been build and interchange here, construct or reconstruct a couple of miles there. I recall back i...

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