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by BigIdeasGuy
December 26th, 2017, 8:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities Future Transit Map
Replies: 372
Views: 49338

Re: Twin Cities Future Transit Map

One of the ideas I've been kicking around in my head for awhile is an express LRT line between the DT's. I think the best way to accomplish that would be to run in a dedicated lane down the center of 94. On the STP end you use the tracks between Union Depot and the X that will be already be there be...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 20th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 108633

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Yeah, I’m not judging the street level presence yet. Minneapolis far too often, especially along Nicollet, sucks at getting buildings built with great street level presence and I’m just numb to it. Which is so odd because "0-15 feet are the most important" is pounded into our heads during architect...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 19th, 2017, 6:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: River Loop Apartments - W River Parkway & Plymouth Ave N
Replies: 21
Views: 3954

Re: Opus North Loop Apartments on W river parkway

Opus first proposed 200 apartments for this site and the neighborhood pushed back saying it wasn't what it was looking for, they were suggesting condos or a "structure of significance" they're words. While this isn't a bad proposal it's 1. still apartments and 2. doesn't qualify as a structure of si...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 16th, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mill City Quarter - 300 South 2nd Street
Replies: 201
Views: 43196

Re: Mill City Quarter - 300 South 2nd Street

This is nothing more than a guess that I have but the building at 2nd St. and 3rd Ave is going to be one of the first, if not the first, of this generation of 6 story stick built apartments to get torn down and redeveloped into something bigger.
by BigIdeasGuy
November 29th, 2017, 9:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20605

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

It will be interesting to see where this one goes. It's gone from completely unacceptable to mostly but not completely terrible. The Downtown Neighborhood Council rescinded it's support of the project on the grounds that it was too small essentially. Elliot Park supported the project but their lette...
by BigIdeasGuy
November 17th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 108633

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

The ground level is all glass and either lobby or retail, which is fantastic, and double height at the Nicollet Street lobby entrance, which is doubly nice. The bad part of the podium is that it contains parking. I don't quite understand why the wrap is broken up on the Marquette end, but I'm not t...
by BigIdeasGuy
November 17th, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories
Replies: 873
Views: 132467

Re: 200 Central - Alatus Tower (Washburn-McReavy Site) 483' / 40 Stories

I would guess at this point Alatus is probably wanting to wait until spring to break ground. That way they don't have to deal with frozen ground and the sod is just a winter long way to control erosion and improve the look of the lot over the winter even though it will likely be covered with snow.
by BigIdeasGuy
November 9th, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 108633

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Other than the godawful parking podium this thing looks really quite good. It's curious why some firms are able to wrap parking podium while others aren't. The city council really needs to find a way to prevent ramps from facing the street at any level not just at street level. Or at least require t...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 14th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Sibley Plaza Redevelopment [on hold]
Replies: 33
Views: 5328

Re: Sibley Plaza Redo

http://pasterprop.com/center.asp?bldgid=SBP

It appears that the owners of Sibley Plaza have a new plan for the property. At first glance it still looks pretty suburban
by BigIdeasGuy
September 29th, 2017, 8:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W
Replies: 130
Views: 19463

Re: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W

Funny, I'm not under the impression that what Uptown is lacking is a nightlife/cafe scene (though more of that is certainly welcome), but other uses like more office space. In a vacuum, this project is very nice - better than average design, some public-ish amenities, etc etc. But considering it's ...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 29th, 2017, 11:11 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W
Replies: 130
Views: 19463

Re: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W

I'm fully expecting acceptably mediocre. So pretty much the standard for a prime developable parcel in Minneapolis. I was pretty close, it's definitely a step or two above mediocre. I like that they didn't just copy paste every other 6 story apartment building in Uptown with the turret and use of d...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 22nd, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities Future Transit Map
Replies: 372
Views: 49338

Re: Twin Cities Future Transit Map

What is the reasoning behind ending the West Broadway Streetcar at North Memorial instead of going all the way to the Robbinsdale Transit Center?
by BigIdeasGuy
September 21st, 2017, 10:55 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17586

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

I agree there are definitely better sites in MSP but at the same time I totally get why the TCAAP people are pushing the site. It would be a terrible decision for them not to at least try to.
by BigIdeasGuy
September 13th, 2017, 5:26 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17586

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

David Greene wrote:
September 13th, 2017, 11:24 am
Target is actively hostile to Minneapolis. I have no sympathy for them.
I'm genuinely curious what has Target down to make you think they are actively hostile to Minneapolis?
by BigIdeasGuy
September 12th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 40261

Re: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)

The proposal on the motel block across from the Green Line Station was joint plan between United Properties and a U of M related entity correct? I can't remember hearing or seeing anything about that in what seems like a year at least. How are so sure they are alive Grant?
by BigIdeasGuy
September 12th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17586

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

I totally understand why Best Buy and Target aren't thrilled about their tax dollars going to subsidize Amazon and the messy politics involved but couldn't you make the argument that bringing Amazon here would help BB and TGT especially in terms of hiring the best talent. I know Amazon corporate cul...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 8th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17586

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

Not to pick apart your post but what is Baltimore's major University? Other than John Hopkins I can't think of one, although the University of Maryland isn't that far down the road. Johns Hopkins is #13 worldwide in the THE rankings . I know John Hopkins is a very good school I was more referring t...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 8th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17586

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

Re: Handicapping MSP's chances I think there are two possible interpretations of Amazon's motives. One is that they want a city where they can become kings, where Jeff Bezos gets the key to the city, where local politicians fall over themselves to please the company and state politicians throw tons...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 7th, 2017, 4:55 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17586

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

I feel like the Midway super block isn't going to be big enough for 8 million sq ft of office space and the Allianz Field. Plus there is going to be a bunch of other development come along with a corporate campus of this size, hotels are the easy example. There is no way that is all going to fit on...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 7th, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17586

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

I feel like the Midway super block isn't going to be big enough for 8 million sq ft of office space and the Allianz Field. Plus there is going to be a bunch of other development come along with a corporate campus of this size, hotels are the easy example. There is no way that is all going to fit on ...

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