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by BigIdeasGuy
September 12th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 18355

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: 18355

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: 18355

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: 18355

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: 18355

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
August 29th, 2017, 8:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20994

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

This could either be a massive step forward to making "East Town" a better place to live, work and play or another acceptably mediocre project that doesn't accomplish much but eliminate another surface park lot. I'm not holding my breathe.
by BigIdeasGuy
August 18th, 2017, 7:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W
Replies: 130
Views: 20166

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.
by BigIdeasGuy
July 27th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 128
Views: 23474

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

1. Are we at the point where we can spilt the Doran development off to it's own thread. 2. This looks like the stump 20 story version of Galtier Plaza with less glass. 3. I'm with Mr. Shoes on this one. The whole project could have been amazing with two skinnier towers on opposite corners of the blo...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 14th, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20994

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

Legally, yes. There's nothing in the zoning code that says proposals have be a certain level of grandeur. Approving new buildings isn't a policy decision, it's a quasi-judicial decision that the plan meets all applicable zoning codes. If the building is allowed by zoning, the city legally has to ap...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 13th, 2017, 7:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20994

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

If it needs variances there's no room to negotiate, that's not how variances work. If it needs a CUP, that gives the city a little more bargaining power but still not very much. So, for the most part, everything you're asking the city to demand is something the city has no legal basis to demand. Ok...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 13th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20994

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

No, try again. That should be the city's response to this turd of a proposal. If they are going to insist on the 600 park spots they city should insist that apartments cover the entire exterior at a minimum if not higher and a decent amount should be Section 8/low income/workforce housing. Along wi...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 12th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20994

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

No, try again. That should be the city's response to this turd of a proposal. If they are going to insist on the 600 park spots they city should insist that apartments cover the entire exterior at a minimum if not higher and a decent amount should be Section 8/low income/workforce housing. Along wit...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 26th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95767

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

One of the ideas I had a few years ago was to turn 5th into a Greenway between the Commons and Target Field. Widen sidewalks, add bike lanes, plant a bunch of tree and add other landscaping, etc. I realize with the parking ramps that have access on 5th there would still need to be a few cars but the...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 24th, 2017, 12:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 78812

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

How is possible that using the CP spur between Randolph and the Davern only saves 1 minute compared to using W 7th? Especially if the streetcar is running in mixed traffic during that time. The CP spur adds .2 of a mile to the length but shouldn't more than made up for running in a dedicated right o...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 24th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 2700 University Avenue Development
Replies: 144
Views: 29913

Re: 2700 University Avenue Development

As I was waiting to board the Green Line at Westgate yesterday I notice first floor windows of this building had a "coming soon" with a bunch of cocktails on it. I have no idea if it's going to be a full restaurant or just a bar.
by BigIdeasGuy
April 22nd, 2017, 8:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 511
Views: 74697

Re: Mayo Clinic Square

Why not? His wing can be right next to Chris Pratt wing and across from the Jessica Biel and Winona Ryder wings.

I can't believe I missed this last night but a decent amount of space would need to be dedicated to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
by BigIdeasGuy
April 21st, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 511
Views: 74697

Re: Mayo Clinic Square

I'm just spit balling here but how cool would it be to have a museum dedicated to pop culture in Minneapolis/Minnesota and how it intertwines with American pop culture across from First Ave. Obviously a decent part would be Prince and Bob Dylan related but you could also cover the history of Minneap...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 21st, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 56378

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (~28 stories / 280 units)

I know this is an unpopular opinion here but I kinda like the design including the windowless elevator tower. Simple, straight forward, it knows what it is and wants to be and does that very well. The frontage along 4th St on the other hand is unacceptable. Street level retail absolutely needs to co...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 11th, 2017, 7:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 788
Views: 67149

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

While I think that Doran is capable of building good projects I agree that he isn't the developer that's going to take the risk to make this a truly amazing area. Just western block alone has a ton of potential, thinking about it at work today there should be 2 towers on that block alone. At the cor...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 10th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 788
Views: 67149

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

If I read the Journal piece correctly, and the Journal is reporting it correctly, Doran and CSM are only planning a single tower of 18-20 stories, in the 4th paragraph Doran say the includes A tower. I really like the fact they are wanting to include a variety of different housing types but they are...

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