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by BigIdeasGuy
September 8th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 998
Views: 111978

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Also when is the last time a railroad cared about a locality it's located in? I've never heard of railroad of cooperating with a community when it doesn't benefit them. And at the end of the day they really don't have to because of rules in place at the federal level
by BigIdeasGuy
August 22nd, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95649

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

I've long thought that 5th should be closed between US Bank Stadium and Target Field to all cars, with the exception of those entering or exiting a ramp. In those situations you only allow access to the garage from the nearest ave. Add bike lanes, a bunch of great trees encourage sidewalk cafes, etc...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 19th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Upper Harbor Terminal
Replies: 50
Views: 8161

Re: Upper Harbor Terminal

I'm trying to figure out how the people on the lawn section behind the suite tower building are going to see the stage. Presumably there is going to be some pitch to the lawn and the building doesn't appear to have a 40' high gap in it more like 20'-25'. I have a hard time figuring how the people at...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 19th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 742
Views: 78180

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I stoped and looked around the stadium for a few minutes this evening here are a few things I noticed. 1. They only have 2 large white wave pipes left to install and both of those appear to be waiting for some work on the press box/premium seating to be finished up. 2. The brewery/restaurant/bar on ...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 30th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 392
Views: 56335

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

I'm sure I'll get ripped mercilessly for even proposing this but wouldn't it make sense to run LRT down the center of 94 as part of rebuild in a dedicated guide way? Take the Green Line/Riverview tracks from UD to the Xcel roughly then go right down the center of 94 with stops at Snelling and Huron ...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 28th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1956
Views: 235910

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'

I don't think anyone here is even remotely excited about United Properties scaling down their plan, I'm certainly not, if you don't believe me go back and look at my posting history. But at the end of the day United Properties has back the city into a corner on this one. Assuming UP refuses to the p...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 26th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1956
Views: 235910

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'

I'm sure I have a (well deserved) reputation here for being overly critical and negative but this is sure is a disappointment. I find it fascinating that we can somehow get great to amazing projects on B or C level parcels and nothing but good enough to meh for A level parcels. All that said this is...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 12th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories
Replies: 58
Views: 9375

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories

This proposal will certainly present challenges when it comes time to redevelop the Crooked Pint/Eagle Bolt buildings. But that was likely going to be an issue with anything developed on this lot.
by BigIdeasGuy
July 12th, 2018, 5:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Smith Lot - 5th Ave and 7th St - Micro Apartments and Diner
Replies: 11
Views: 2642

Re: Thrivent Smith Lot - 5th Ave and 7th St - Micro Apartments and Diner

How To Do The Bare Minimum. A play in three acts by Thrivent Financial.
by BigIdeasGuy
July 9th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1055
Views: 138404

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

I totally understand the argument to tax land and not buildings but couldn't that result in mediocre building in prime spots? For example Ackerberg decides to just throw up the ugliest, cheapest 5 over 1 we've seen just to make the land profitable and not taking such a bath on the taxes? Plus that w...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 28th, 2018, 2:00 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 742
Views: 78180

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

There are also gaps between the sections of the exterior as well where the steel ribs are. Hopefully the materials can stretch over time and close those because it doesn't look great with those gaps and the tabs. But I'm holding back final judgement until they are completely done with the exterior.
by BigIdeasGuy
June 28th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 144
Views: 35514

Re: Stadium Village

I would guess that this is more or less an extension of that plan but who knows. I'm pretty sure there was something about that plan in a regents board packet a few months ago other than that who knows if it's still a thing
by BigIdeasGuy
June 27th, 2018, 7:15 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 144
Views: 35514

Re: Stadium Village

I'm not sure if anyone saw these two Twitter threads but clearly the UMF and United Properties clearly have something really big planned. They want to create a "gateway" district, it's clear they have the land and we know they have the money to do something really great but we'll what the come up wi...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 20th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 144
Views: 35514

Re: Stadium Village

I was thinking something more along the lines of an plaza/seating/green space that is part of the buildings design but sure whatever I'm the idiot.
by BigIdeasGuy
June 19th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 144
Views: 35514

Re: Stadium Village

I was going to make the same point that other people made do we believe the U of M foundation has the will power and ambition to build something great here, we know they have the resources. But honestly a little green space at the corner of Washington and Huron wouldn't be the worst thing so long as...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 11th, 2018, 4:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1956
Views: 235910

Re: Gateway Tower (Four Seasons/RBC) - 43 stories - 513'

Maybe the city can get a nice vertical piece of public art to straddle the valet entrance to the garage in an attempt to hide it.
by BigIdeasGuy
June 11th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Hotel News
Replies: 233
Views: 57014

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

I wonder if this could be reviving a Century Plaza / convention center development. Please, please, please let this be the case, it makes almost too much sense. Hollow it out by taking out the parking ramp in the center and build a nice glassy tower growing out of that. Use the current building as ...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 7th, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1956
Views: 235910

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

I get what they were going for and I really like it in concept but it just doesn't work for some reason. It reminds me of the Wells Fargo Tower with the vertical ribs breaking up the glass facade. I guess it isn't elegant enough to pull it off maybe if it was a few stories tall (I'm not just saying ...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 7th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 27066

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

The apartment building is positively great but the hotel is still pretty rough. Sherman definitely needs go back and figure out a better cladding than what they currently have. The hotels street level facing Portland needs some work as well, the meeting room at 7th and Portland not a coffee shop is ...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 7th, 2018, 2:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 211
Views: 23497

Re: Arby’s Island

Woof. Outside of kinda cool curved wall following Lagoon there is exactly zero to be really excited about in this project. The first floor has a bunch of doors but who is going to want to live at street level facing Lake St, at least they have private terraces I guess. The retail at Lake and Lagoon ...

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