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by Rich
May 29th, 2015, 6:52 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

As you can see, a private stadium paying property taxes doesn't make enough profit year over year to cover the interest on the bond payments. If, however, the stadium were publicly owned and financed through city bonds at a lower rate then the franchise would make enough to cover it... So the city ...
by Rich
May 27th, 2015, 12:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium LRT Station, Ped Bridge & Plaza (MSFA block)
Replies: 466
Views: 54433

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

Ah yes. You make an excellent point. :-)

But seriously, last year there was only one game in which people left early in droves. I think more often than not, it’s going to be mass hysteria coming through those huge doors.
by Rich
May 27th, 2015, 11:30 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium LRT Station, Ped Bridge & Plaza (MSFA block)
Replies: 466
Views: 54433

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

All at once, tens of thousands of folks will pour through the largest doors on the planet and rush westward toward the tracks and beyond. Isn't it more effective for Metro Transit to argue that the bridge is a safe way to accommodate the throngs, rather than to argue that it's a time saver? Seems li...
by Rich
May 13th, 2015, 5:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 57566

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Actually, $1 million a year will go toward transit. That’s 17% of the total.

http://www.swnewsmedia.com/shakopee_val ... 2bf14.html
by Rich
May 13th, 2015, 10:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 59964

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

Last year the VIkings sold season tickets for as little as $350. That’s not too terribly exorbitant. And they were priced as low as $279 the prior year at the dome.
by Rich
May 4th, 2015, 3:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake Calhoun / Bde Maka Ska
Replies: 132
Views: 9449

Re: West Lake Station & Multimodal Study

It's true that a naming mistake made in the 19th century can and should be forgiven. But why would we repeat (and compound) that mistake in 2015?
by Rich
May 4th, 2015, 2:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake Calhoun / Bde Maka Ska
Replies: 132
Views: 9449

Lake Calhoun / Bde Maka Ska

Isn’t it enough that we named a lake after the warmongering slavery defender John C. Calhoun? Do we also have to name a train station after him?
by Rich
April 28th, 2015, 7:51 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

Is the lack of a Royalston station really a factor? Soccer fans have been trekking out to Blaine for years. How many of ‘em would actually forego attending a match solely because they’d rather not walk 1/4 mile from Target Field Station to the stadium?
by Rich
April 24th, 2015, 3:28 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 258
Views: 36023

Re: Hopkins — General Topics

twincitizen wrote:Am I crazy/wrong for wanting them to have no lane markings whatsoever
There are no lane markings whatsoever on Water St. in Excelsior. Works just fine.
by Rich
April 22nd, 2015, 3:47 pm
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

It was noted last year that McGuire met with Bloomington’s mayor. But I don’t recall hearing that MOA was either in on the discussion or had any interest whatsoever in selling land. And even if Bloomington were possible, how anxious is McGuire to tell MLS that the urban paradise he’d seduced ‘em wit...
by Rich
April 22nd, 2015, 7:11 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

their facility will only impact 1000 MN residents Only 1,000? Won’t this facility impact everyone in our area who orders from Amazon? Apart from that, it’s a different kind of negotiation. Shakopee knows that if they don’t sweeten the deal with Amazon, another suburb undoubtedly will. Amazon has al...
by Rich
April 20th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

Senate votes 61-4 against state money for McGuire.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/sta ... 01961.html
by Rich
April 16th, 2015, 4:03 pm
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

This case is different for several reasons. - The stadium will be privately owned, making public money much less palatable - The ratio of the cost of the stadium to the income of the owners is much smaller (i.e. "They can afford it.") - The ask is so small that it invites the question of whether th...
by Rich
April 15th, 2015, 3:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium LRT Station, Ped Bridge & Plaza (MSFA block)
Replies: 466
Views: 54433

Re: Downtown East / Vikings Stadium LRT Station

The F&C article says that the MSFA will spend an extra $2 million on plaza improvements. My guess is that the money will be used to turn the top of the parking ramp into a mostly empty gathering space. They estimate 26,000 fans will take transit to the games. And I think the MSFA just wants to be su...
by Rich
April 14th, 2015, 12:47 pm
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

Tell him no. The stadium will get built. And the state WILL get that money. Everybody wins.
by Rich
April 14th, 2015, 11:13 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis (cancelled)
Replies: 1001
Views: 110584

Re: Major League Soccer Stadium in Minneapolis

If tax breaks on materials is all he wants, we should absolutely say no. There’s not a chance in hell that McGuire will abandon his MLS quest simply because he has to pay tax on construction materials. Call his bluff. He’ll shrug his shoulders and pay for the whole thing himself. Everybody wins.
by Rich
April 11th, 2015, 3:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Armory
Replies: 361
Views: 51052

Re: Minneapolis Armory

The owner of the old Armory, an underused property abutting the Commons to the south, also is pushing a new idea that could be the first domino to fall in this corridor. The plan envisions turning the cavernous building into a mixed-use space for events as varied as concerts and Vikings ­activities...
by Rich
April 7th, 2015, 7:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown East Pedestrian Realm / Traffic Calming Plan
Replies: 26
Views: 1977

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Not sure if there was any doubt remaining, but it now looks like a certainty that 5th St. between Chicago and Park will be removed permanently. Downtown East will be far far more accommodating to pedestrians and bikes than it's ever been.

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