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by Rich
September 9th, 2015, 2:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 124758

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

I think we can be fairly certain that this is indeed an image of Ryan’s air rights building. That looks like a 5-level parking ramp within the liner parcel. And that’d be the logical place for them to add parking, given the fact that they’ve been shut out of the stadium ramp.
by Rich
August 25th, 2015, 8:52 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Minnetonka Area – General Topics
Replies: 160
Views: 20985

Re: Minnetonka – General Topics

The reason why students do so well in Minnetonka is because the students come from homes with ample resources. Not because the administration is particularly adept. That's why people mock their back patting. The district figured out years ago that if they increased enrollment, the cost per student ...
by Rich
August 25th, 2015, 7:31 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Minnetonka Area – General Topics
Replies: 160
Views: 20985

Re: Minnetonka – General Topics

My kids have been enrolled in this district since 1998. We fully understand education issues in our city. That’s why so many Minnetonka kids (encouraged by their parents) want to make sure poor and/or minority kids get additional help. Every week for the last 17 years, hundreds of Minnetonka student...
by Rich
August 12th, 2015, 6:37 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 2024 Olympic Bid?
Replies: 128
Views: 11592

Re: 2024 Olympic Bid?

An Olympic Downhill requires a 3,000 ft. vertical drop (roughly). The largest hill in the midwest (Lutsen) has a vertical drop of only 825 ft. So I think that pretty much rules Duluth out.
by Rich
August 12th, 2015, 10:15 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 2024 Olympic Bid?
Replies: 128
Views: 11592

Re: 2024 Olympic Bid?

Why is it not possible? A track needs an area of at least 200 x 120 yds. TCF’s floor is only about 130 x 80. We’d have to remove more than half of the lower bowl seating - along with all of the locker rooms, offices and storage underneath - to accomodate a track. US Bank’s floor is even smaller, so...
by Rich
August 12th, 2015, 9:23 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 2024 Olympic Bid?
Replies: 128
Views: 11592

Re: 2024 Olympic Bid?

seamonster wrote:We've got stadia out the whazoo
Indeed. And it’s not possible to remodel either TCF or US Bank to accommodate track and field. So if we wanted the summer olympics, we'd have to build yet another stadium.
by Rich
August 11th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 59870

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Updates

by Rich
August 11th, 2015, 11:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 59870

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Updates

Zygi also bought lights to illuminate the interior in various colors that’ll seep through the roof and clerestory. So at night the building will glow continually, top to bottom, inside and out.
by Rich
July 27th, 2015, 8:20 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 120500

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

But is Sarasota development being inhibited at all? There are a lot of complaints from developers in that article, but even with the new rules there’s a 1,999 home development, a 5,100 home development, and a 1,563 home development in the works.
by Rich
July 27th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 120500

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Anondson wrote:Require developments prove their tax base supports the infrastructure given to the city before cities and counties approve them.
But does that have an appreciable effect? It seems like that’d just be a speed bump on the road to development.
by Rich
July 27th, 2015, 7:49 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 120500

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

But what about the farmer who just wants to sell his land and retire?
by Rich
July 27th, 2015, 7:27 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 120500

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

I’ve often wondered what efforts are made to inhibit development in the exurbs. Apparently there’s something called the Metropolitan Agricultural Preserves Program which has protected 210,000 acres from development in the last couple of years. Not bad! But Dakota County’s conservation guy says “the ...
by Rich
July 22nd, 2015, 11:07 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package
Replies: 261
Views: 18352

Re: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package

Yep. According to this story "a strategy of fringe parking to capture employees on the outskirts of the downtown core" was apparently the policy from 1970 until 2003.

http://tcbmag.com/Industries/Real-Estat ... -De?page=2
by Rich
July 10th, 2015, 9:17 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium LRT Station, Ped Bridge & Plaza (MSFA block)
Replies: 466
Views: 54387

Re: Downtown East LRT Ped Bridge & Stadium Plaza (MSFA Block

I saw on Twitter yesterday that the Vikings are going to get half the revenue from advertising ON the LRT platform, projected to be up to $200,000 per year. Anyone know more details about that? Giving away $200,000 a year in existing advertising revenue to the Vikings? The Vikings will get an estim...
by Rich
June 29th, 2015, 3:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1009
Views: 163257

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

mattaudio wrote:we don't put power plants in the heart of an urban area
http://www.districtenergy.com
by Rich
June 26th, 2015, 8:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Road Crime
Replies: 420
Views: 45292

Re: Road Crime

Apparently they've had 11,000 tours with no incidents. So cars have actually done a good job of accomodating pedal pubs.

http://www.startribune.com/police-drive ... 309823911/
by Rich
June 17th, 2015, 7:04 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Housing Market/Economics - General Topics
Replies: 216
Views: 16127

Re: The economics of housing

mamundsen wrote:How do I convince my friends that they are ALL absolutely crazy and doomed with the next downturn?
But isn’t your degree of exposure related moreso to your mortgage size vs. your home equity? How is a townhome in Chaska (which is booming) more dangerous than “over-investing” in Como Park?
by Rich
June 15th, 2015, 3:55 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Housing Market/Economics - General Topics
Replies: 216
Views: 16127

Re: The economics of housing

Over six years starting in 2006, Twin Cities home values dropped by 35%. That’s something like $200 billion in household wealth wiped out - the equivalent of a million median-priced homes. Yet we’ve recovered reasonably well, no? Is the suburban economy as fragile as some on this forum think?
by Rich
May 29th, 2015, 10:34 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110560

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

acs wrote:So the fact that he had to work all the way up to CEO before that happened means nothing?
So we should ignore his crimes because he climbed the corporate ladder before committing them?

Look, I’m not anti-billionaire. It’s just that McGuire doesn't seem particularly trustworthy.
by Rich
May 29th, 2015, 9:15 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110560

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

Billionares don't get to be that rich by spending their own money. Indeed. Sometimes they get rich by illegally fudging stock option records in order to maximize gains! And really successful billionaires like Bill McGuire also understand how to escape investigation by paying the Securities and Exch...

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