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by mattaudio
August 30th, 2012, 9:00 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Pedro Park
Replies: 33
Views: 9568

Re: Pedro Park

And St. Paul could learn something about bike lanes. Too bad we can't have the best of both cities for both cities.
by mattaudio
August 30th, 2012, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: What will it take to develop DTE?
Replies: 132
Views: 15744

Re: What will it take to develop DTE?

Agreed with above. Compare to even downtown St. Paul, which is much more human-scaled in most parts. Most one way streets are two lanes with bumpouts, parking lanes on both sides, and more frequent use of turn lanes where appropriate. It's time to get rid of these 5-lane-width streets with 3-4 drivi...
by mattaudio
August 30th, 2012, 8:44 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Park and Portland Avenues
Replies: 93
Views: 14403

Re: Park and Portland

Bummer, same time as the Strong Towns On Tap
by mattaudio
August 29th, 2012, 8:05 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations
Replies: 445
Views: 57836

Re: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations

I think we should just push for more street-level space which can be used for anything... shopping, restaurants, office, service businesses, etc. And let it organically happen. Shopping will find its place over time.
by mattaudio
August 29th, 2012, 8:04 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet
Replies: 539
Views: 82805

Re: Xcel Energy HQ - (401 Nicollet Mall)

There was a Walgreens under the ramp when I worked at 414 Nicollet.
by mattaudio
August 29th, 2012, 8:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Riverside Plaza
Replies: 28
Views: 6290

Re: Riverside Plaza

Now if only we could have some new bridges to reconnect the grid... across the Washington trench and across the 35W trench. Reconnect the grid and create incentives for air rights development fronting these new bridges at sidewalk level.
by mattaudio
August 28th, 2012, 2:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 380
Views: 53360

Re: Empire Builder

It's really sad I can't use Amtrak this weekend. I can't take off work Friday just to buffer in a day to get to Madison. Really unfortunate since if it was reliable this would be perfect for many of my trips to Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. Do they allow last minute cancels? If so, I could buy a t...
by mattaudio
August 28th, 2012, 8:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 380
Views: 53360

Re: Empire Builder

So the Empire Builder is late quite a bit? I need to get to the Madison area on Saturday morning in time for a late afternoon wedding. I'd love to take the Empire Builder there but I don't know if I can trust that it would be on time.
by mattaudio
August 27th, 2012, 11:56 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Lakes Residences - 2622 West Lake Street
Replies: 117
Views: 22648

Re: Former Weisman Lake Calhoun lot

The land may be a majority of single family residences whereas the population may be a majority of multi-family housing dwellers.
by mattaudio
August 27th, 2012, 11:10 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Parking Ramp Retrofits
Replies: 8
Views: 1609

Parking Ramp Retrofits

Anyone aware of an example when a neighborhood-hostile parking complex was retrofit to make the block more appealing to pedestrians? In some cases, it seems like housing could "wrap" ramps if there's space between the ramp and the sidewalk. In other cases, maybe there's a way to convert part of the ...
by mattaudio
August 27th, 2012, 10:51 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations
Replies: 445
Views: 57836

Re: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations

I think that would look awesome on the corner of 43rd and Upton.
by mattaudio
August 27th, 2012, 10:44 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Apartments vs. Condos | Renting vs. Owning
Replies: 174
Views: 29139

Re: Renting vs. Owning

I've never really rented other than student housing in college. I have a SFH in S. Mpls and an investment SFH in Roch. Anyone on here have a condo as an investment property? Or how does it compare to a SFH from an investment, not residence, perspective?
by mattaudio
August 27th, 2012, 10:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 14
Replies: 38
Views: 4389

Re: U.S. Highway 14

Related to this project, the geometry of the old west Hwy 14 interchange at 35 is bad. It squeezes ramps in to fit over the DM&E RR. There's a lot of traffic here too getting around the town. Whenever this section of 35 is rehabbed, it might make sense to put in lanes between the ramps, CR45 to Brid...
by mattaudio
August 26th, 2012, 11:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 380
Views: 53360

Re: Empire Builder

us northrop dwellers really are the bees knees :)
by mattaudio
August 17th, 2012, 4:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: LPM Apartments - (376' - 36 Stories)
Replies: 1522
Views: 239654

Re: Magellan Apartment Tower - (1368 LaSalle Avenue)

thought I read a couple of pints... must be Friday afternoon
by mattaudio
August 17th, 2012, 3:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Park and Portland Avenues
Replies: 93
Views: 14403

Re: Park and Portland

I'm skeptical because of the annual conversion of the streets to defacto two lane streets during late winter. I think without obvious and permanent structures in the ROW it will not be clear which side of parking is compromised for snow storage and it will be a mess. Prove me wrong! I like either op...
by mattaudio
August 17th, 2012, 3:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Park and Portland Avenues
Replies: 93
Views: 14403

Re: Park and Portland

Eh?
by mattaudio
August 17th, 2012, 12:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Theatre
Replies: 29
Views: 4450

Re: Uptown Theatre

I thought the McDonalds was the heart of some uptown music scene that existed before a lot of us were born, so people think it is historic or culturally significant.
by mattaudio
August 17th, 2012, 10:17 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Theatre
Replies: 29
Views: 4450

Re: Uptown Theatre

I can't believe there's no 3+ story development on either side of Hennepin between Lake and Lagoon.
by mattaudio
August 17th, 2012, 10:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Trader Joes (Lyndale and 27th)
Replies: 132
Views: 14819

Re: Trader Joes (Lyndale and 27th)

Isn't part of Uptown's cachet that it's close to so many businesses? Is Meg concerned more with a Trader Joe's than with the national chain bro bars coming in?

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