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by Mdcastle
May 27th, 2016, 4:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 978
Views: 135482

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Sounds like a great place for a light rail and freight rail line to give people an alternatives to driving trucks and single occupant cars along the corridor an option. A lot cheaper than $50-$70 million to make the road safe and efficient.
by Mdcastle
May 27th, 2016, 2:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 978
Views: 135482

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

There's something to be said for closing the glaring gaps in our expressway network even if the raw traffic counts don't merit it. (See the new MN 60 expressway which has about 5,000 a day) It creates a cohesive system, encourages commerce, and increases safety on these routes that tend to have heav...
by Mdcastle
May 26th, 2016, 9:25 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23499

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

My observation is that when something gets truly decrepit on Lyndale the land is desirable enough someone buys it out and fixes it up or redevelops it. Besides the new Italian restaurant some Examples- the credit union replacing two gasoline stations, Tony's appliances and the popcorn shop replacing...
by Mdcastle
May 26th, 2016, 5:20 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23499

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

The commercial definately got overbuilt in the 1980s-1990s around Oxboro, the anchor tenant in the one northeast of 98th and Old Shakopee is a beauty school that got displaced by the new city hall. But I don't really see a problem with Lyndale Ave. Fast food drive-thrus have to be somewhere, and ine...
by Mdcastle
May 17th, 2016, 4:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 58666

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

There's more to selecting a candidate than whether they support the bonding and transportation bills or not. As a Republican supporter as much as I want roadway capacity expansion this is not going to make me switch sides. So I seriously doubt that any representatives will not be elected because the...
by Mdcastle
May 13th, 2016, 10:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 3535 Grand Ave S
Replies: 42
Views: 13035

Re: 3535 Grand Ave S

No matter what happens, it's not going to be possible to build anything but McMansions unless we address some of the policies constraining land supply. You have 1) Anti-growth policies like the MUSA line 2) Minimum lot size zoning that most of the suburbs have. When these combine and a typical subur...
by Mdcastle
May 12th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 23499

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: 13035

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: 978
Views: 135482

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: 17392

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: 23499

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: 23499

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: 23499

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: 66285

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: 5238

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: 5238

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: 52145

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: 23499

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: 23499

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: 22412

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.

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