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by BigIdeasGuy
May 13th, 2016, 2:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 78590

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Looking at the route I think it makes a ton of sense in a lot of different ways but there are a few things that leave me scratching my head. Is there really enough space for therm to make the 90 degree turn from Cedar to 6th? This seems like it would be super tight if it's even possible at all. I ca...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 13th, 2016, 8:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium LRT Station, Ped Bridge & Plaza (MSFA block)
Replies: 466
Views: 54148

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

This is more of an LRT question but how long and how much would it take to convert the station from side platforms to a center platform?
by BigIdeasGuy
April 8th, 2016, 9:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1956
Views: 235864

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

I feel like this proposal is one or two changes away from being truly great. To me it lacks some grace as it comes towards the crown and spire. It just feels boxy compared to elegant. I would also like to see floors continue up towards the spire tapering compared to the current glass "crown". I'm no...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 8th, 2016, 9:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 40766

Re: Stadium Village 26-Story Tower (Harbor Bay Real Estate)

There is very little not to like about this building, I especially think the retail fronting University is great. One of the very small changes I would like to see a splash of color somewhere on the tower. It doesn't have to be a massive use or super in your face, just a slight splash of something. ...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 1st, 2016, 10:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 177
Views: 23962

Re: Fantasy maps

It would be interesting to see what extension would have greater ridership. If/when SW gets off the ground I wouldn't be surprised if there was enough interest by the counties/cities and other parties to get a basic ridership and cost study put together. I understand the appeal the going to DT Chask...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 30th, 2016, 6:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 177
Views: 23962

Re: Fantasy maps

I was looking at the SWLRT route the other day I realized that would be possible to create a "River South" extension across the Minnesota River and into Shakopee so I quickly drew out a potential route across the river ending at Canterbury Downs. The route basically spits off at Flying Cloud Drive a...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 16th, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 495
Views: 50414

Re: Rush Line Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

How can we completely evaluate any route that enters downtown on East 7th (Options 2, 3, and 4) when we don't know how it will reach Union Depot, especially if LRT is the mode decided upon? The map clearly states routing and connection to UD are yet to be determined. To me it seems impossible to tru...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 11th, 2016, 11:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 58882

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Updates

BigIdeasGuy, Of course your “not going to get into a protracted argument,” you can’t win on the facts. My point is that there is very little beside irrational venomous dislike driving the dislike of the Wilfs and it oozes from this forum and its unseemly. Just so you know, as someone who actually i...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 11th, 2016, 8:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 58882

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Updates

I understand your point of view, largely that the city should be thankful for the Vikings are here and helped make DTE and the Commons possible, and that this is a rather minor request the city can do for the team which is a perfectly fine position to have. In fact part of me agrees with idea that ...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 10th, 2016, 6:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 58882

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Updates

Sorry, but this just strikes me as reflexive anti-Wilf complaining, particularly Grant's post. There's some merit behind the ceremonial vs. actual street name point, but we're still talking about a three-block stretch in which (as far as I can tell) the stadium is the only building affected. If we'...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 1st, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 463
Views: 70270

Re: Target Center Renovation

seanrichardryan wrote:Making a sow's ear out of a sow's ear.
It will never be anything but honestly. The worse part is we are going to be right back in this same position in another 10-15 years. I would've been cheaper to do it right this time then to cut corners left and right.
by BigIdeasGuy
February 28th, 2016, 8:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 109716

Re: 365 Nicollet - (Opus Ritz block)

I hope this project dies not because of the parking podium but because of the complete and total lack of ambition. That said I like the architecture of the building it just needs to have a grander vision. I'm usually pretty optimistic about the future of DT MPLS but if the economics of a taller buil...
by BigIdeasGuy
January 26th, 2016, 10:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Armory
Replies: 361
Views: 50786

Re: Minneapolis Armory

Do we actually know, right now, what exactly Abdul wants to change to the Armory exterior? It seems like the consensus idea is a loading dock of some sort but has that been confirmed?
by BigIdeasGuy
January 24th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Armory
Replies: 361
Views: 50786

Re: Minneapolis Armory

If he is going for tax breaks, then his balls are tied to no additions to the building, no ifs, maybes, ands, or butts. He has been developing long enough to KNOW this part of the tax code. There is no playing dumb here, He is doing a calculated move that now has him exposed. Now he wants to say, I...
by BigIdeasGuy
January 22nd, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Armory
Replies: 361
Views: 50786

Re: Minneapolis Armory

I should have been clearer I 100% support saving the Armory. I think it's an amazing art deco building, I know it PWA Moderne technically but close enough. I think it's going to be an amazing event space when finished that will be able to host an incredible number and variety of events. My bigger pr...
by BigIdeasGuy
January 22nd, 2016, 9:42 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Armory
Replies: 361
Views: 50786

Re: Minneapolis Armory

I've longed thought that historic preservationists should start walking the walk when it comes to their beliefs. They've been allowed to sit on the sidelines and micromanage little details to owners and developers who actually take the risk and use their own money to try bring new life to old spaces...
by BigIdeasGuy
January 22nd, 2016, 9:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Medical Examiner's Office - 530 Chicago Ave
Replies: 29
Views: 3571

Re: Medical Examiner's Office - 530 Chicago Ave

Governor Dayton included the new Medical Examiner building in his bonding bill proposal so this still has some life.
by BigIdeasGuy
January 8th, 2016, 11:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 463
Views: 70270

Re: Target Center Renovation

Lets just be honest the exterior of the Target Center is and will likely always be a turd. Yes it's an improvement but to make it worse than it currently is they would actively have to try to do so. To renovate the Target Center to the point where we won't be back at this same point in 15 years it w...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 11th, 2015, 8:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 78590

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Yeah, I think that's the most straightforward idea on the east end of downtown. I suspect the one eastbound lane of 4th would need to be removed/blocked in order for it to work, and the fancy entrance in front of the LRT maintenance building would probably need to be trimmed back, but I think the g...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 5th, 2015, 6:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 78590

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

The biggest argument for running LRT below the bluff seems to be it would make more use of Union Depot To me that's a distant secondary advantage. The primary reason to route it there is to ease through-routing to Rush Line. But you make an excellent point and if through-routing via 4th isn't too d...

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