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by mattaudio
July 31st, 2012, 11:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: What will it take to develop DTE?
Replies: 132
Views: 15112

Re: What will it take to develop DTE?

I also seem to recall hearing about transactions with the block Lehmans and that wonderful Finance and Commerce building are on... that some sort of new medical development was planned for that block, too.
by mattaudio
July 31st, 2012, 11:16 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91083

Re: Southdale

Maybe if the faces of the Southdale block (along France/York/66th/69th) eventually see dense urban development, it could sort of be said that Victor Gruen's vision will finally be realized and the era of auto-dependency of the enclosed shopping center would be waning.
by mattaudio
July 31st, 2012, 9:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: East Metro Rail Capacity Study
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

Re: East Metro Rail Capacity Study

by mattaudio
July 31st, 2012, 9:25 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 733
Views: 91083

Re: Southdale

Maybe someday France Ave could become a multiway boulevard to still handle traffic volumes but provide for development opportunities fronting the roadway. Then, an extension of Greenway Streetcar via Linden Hills to France, then south to 494!
by mattaudio
July 30th, 2012, 8:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: What will it take to develop DTE?
Replies: 132
Views: 15112

Re: What will it take to develop DTE?

Agreed, the streets need to change, just as they changed in the past when they were designed to funnel high volumes of cars during peak hours. Most one-ways in the downtown core could really be two lanes instead of three, and bumpouts would go a long way to improve the pedestrian realm. Look at how ...
by mattaudio
July 29th, 2012, 11:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: East Metro Rail Capacity Study
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

Re: East Metro Rail Capacity Study

I wonder if there's any way to rebuild the rail line on the south side of the river near Water Street... http://goo.gl/maps/ldo1r The biggest problem here would be all the redevelopment near Plato Blvd, and I'm not even sure what the original alignment was immediately across from downtown. The main ...
by mattaudio
July 27th, 2012, 3:02 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Multiway Boulevards
Replies: 12
Views: 1821

Multiway Boulevards

There was recently a post about these on streets.mn, considering such treatment for Hiawatha Ave. My main concern was that there's not much room between the southbound lanes and the LRT, meaning it would be hard to develop. A potential solution could be to eventually move Hiawatha east with redevelo...
by mattaudio
July 27th, 2012, 11:49 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Chicago Ave. - Medical Alley
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

Chicago Ave. - Medical Alley

I don't see a thread for Abbot Northwestern, Childrens', Allina HQ, etc.

There's a skyway under construction across 26th between Childrens and Abbot.

Also was the MTM parking ramp discussed on Minnescraper? I think many parking structures could benefit from this...
http://goo.gl/maps/h3gL6
by mattaudio
July 27th, 2012, 9:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34584

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

How would it connect on the west bank, seven corners area? Only one line would cross 35W on Washington to 7 corners... the line would go south on Cedar then east on Riverside to Franklin where it would loop through East Bank, Dinkytown, and to the Hennepin Ave bridge. The Lyndale-North line (option...
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 1:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34584

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

The streetcar would serve three lines in my vision. - It would host the University line (west of 9th Ave) from St. Paul to East Bank to West Bank to Downtown to North Loop. - It would host the Uptown-University loop back into downtown via Cedar/Riverside, then at Nicollet it would be a seamless swit...
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 1:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34584

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

Maybe west of 5th Ave there could be parking and a slip lane on only one side. If this was the case, I'd like to see a median between the primary lanes though, so it would be Lane+Streetcar|Lane|Median|Lane|Lane+Streetcar|Median|Slip Lane|Parking
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 1:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U of M Transitway
Replies: 36
Views: 6166

Re: U of M Transitway

My map shows using the Green Line to 11th Ave, where the University connector would follow the old MILW ROW diagonally for two blocks where it would then join the streetcar tracks at 9th Ave and Washington. This would mean that there would be no capacity issues as the Blue Line and the university co...
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 9:39 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minneapolis Streetcar System
Replies: 272
Views: 34584

Re: Minneapolis Streetcar System

Anyone know the ROW of Washington Ave through Downtown? Are there any possibilities of what a Washington Blvd could look like including streetcar? since I'm thinking about my streetcar ideas mapped here: http://goo.gl/maps/RILqM It currently appears to be 7 traffic lanes (counting the middle turn la...
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 9:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U of M Transitway
Replies: 36
Views: 6166

Re: U of M Transitway

It also might take some of the strain off of the regular Green Line trains -- I can just imagine all of the students at the West Bank piling onto an already packed train coming out of downtown during rush hour. I realize my map is pie in the sky, but I really hope the future streetcars are interlin...
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 8:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1012
Views: 152604

Re: Downtown Restaurant News

The rendering was rather accurate about the number of patches in the street paving, but unfortunately they're not all beautiful circles... :) :)
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 8:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: East Metro Rail Capacity Study
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

Re: East Metro Rail Capacity Study

Is there any way to upload the file to the forum here for those of us who can't access dropbox?
by mattaudio
July 26th, 2012, 8:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U of M Transitway
Replies: 36
Views: 6166

Re: U of M Transitway

I thought about something similar... I put it in as a streetcar but the ROW is there to build it out as LRT-capable tracks... It would connect to the Maroon Line streetcar (Hennepin/Downtown/University/Riverside) and Green Line LRT at the Stadium Village stop... http://goo.gl/maps/fVd2S Also buildin...
by mattaudio
July 25th, 2012, 11:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 758
Views: 91682

Re: Northstar

I'd love to see electrification on some of these corridors someday.
by mattaudio
July 25th, 2012, 8:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 758
Views: 91682

Re: Northstar

Is this going to be another station where accommodations are not made for a third main? Seems like the investment to bump a track out and have a larger median suitable for a third track in the future could pay off nicely instead of having to redo platforms and possibly pedestrian bridges.
by mattaudio
July 23rd, 2012, 10:53 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Twin Cities Premium Outlets - Eagan
Replies: 80
Views: 22896

Re: Upscale outlet mall in Eagan

I wonder how being right under the approach to Rwy 17 affects the possibility of residential development near Cedar Grove station.

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