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by Viktor Vaughn
March 21st, 2013, 3:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 333
Views: 37119

Re: Nice Ride Minnesota

I hear that exposing them to road salt voids the warranties. I think they're going to have to wait until the snow melts and the street sweepers come through before the season can start.
by Viktor Vaughn
March 21st, 2013, 2:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 355
Views: 43698

Re: Northern Lights Express

And does anyone remember Obama taking a pot shot at Oberstar about NLX? I'm afraid this project may not be a Federal priority.
by Viktor Vaughn
March 21st, 2013, 10:58 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: State Budget & Bonding Bill 2013-14 Session
Replies: 45
Views: 4128

Re: State Budget Proposal

A supermajority is neccesary to pass bonding bills which will require Republican votes in both the House and the Senate. Republicans have historically been hostile to bonding bills in budget years. But I could see a scenario where enough Republicans would go along with a small bonding bill in order ...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 18th, 2013, 4:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northern Lights Express
Replies: 355
Views: 43698

Re: Northern Lights Express

Look, you can throw around facts about why NLX isn't a priority, but this train line will connect my two (future, hopefully)homes in Duluth & Minneapolis with a stop near my family cabin (Sandstone), and is an extremely good use of public funds in my (biased & self-serving) opinion. So I (sincerely)...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 18th, 2013, 4:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Demographics
Replies: 63
Views: 6732

Re: StoneBridge (2nd Street South & 11th Avenue South)

I'm willing to bet there is a positive correlation between those who "try" the city by renting somewhere like Uptown, and those who wind up eventually buying a home inside city limits, versus moving out to the burbs. For the purposes of this, I wouldn't count living on/near campus during college as...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 18th, 2013, 12:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Return Downtown Streets to Two-Way
Replies: 39
Views: 3584

Re: Return Downtown Streets to Two-Way

As a pedestrian, I like the one ways because they are so much easier to jaywalk. I agree. One-ways do seem easier to jaywalk midblock. Maybe I'm just a worry wart, but I try to look both ways before crossing one-ways as a result of having frequently seen people driving the wrong way down them. Yep,...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 18th, 2013, 12:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Demographics
Replies: 63
Views: 6732

Re: StoneBridge (2nd Street South & 11th Avenue South)

As a dude in his early 30's, I can tell you that despite my best efforts, if we had started in downtown before we had kids it would not have mattered one iota to the wife who prefers that our kids grow up with (some) green space a few steps away and obviously, the best schools we can afford to live...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 15th, 2013, 11:25 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package
Replies: 261
Views: 18371

Re: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package

Nope, Rybak consistently advocated for the dome site. It was the downtown council and county that pushed the west downtown sites.
by Viktor Vaughn
March 15th, 2013, 11:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Return Downtown Streets to Two-Way
Replies: 39
Views: 3584

Re: Return Downtown Streets to Two-Way

When the Marq2 project was built, Marquette and 2nd became way more pleasant. I'm generally in favor of converting one-ways to two-ways, but I would have never thought the conversion with double contra bus lanes would be such a dramatic improvement. Also, it's already hard to remember how terrible H...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 15th, 2013, 11:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Demographics
Replies: 63
Views: 6732

Downtown Demographics

That's a good point, TWA. I think most people who *think* they'd like to live downtown would be better off renting before buying. Even just renting an apartment for a year could really give you an idea of what to look for in a downtown condo. Which neighborhood do you want to live in? What building ...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 14th, 2013, 3:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Embassy Suites (Plymouth Building) - 12 6th Street S
Replies: 286
Views: 44352

Re: Plymouth Building Apartments - (12 6th Street South)

Ok, don't know why i'm surly today. LMGTFY.

Definition: Urban Cabin
1. Typically condos & lofts in a city or densely populated area like downtown.

2. A dwelling to relax in or use part time to enjoy local area activities.
by Viktor Vaughn
March 14th, 2013, 3:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Embassy Suites (Plymouth Building) - 12 6th Street S
Replies: 286
Views: 44352

Re: Plymouth Building Apartments - (12 6th Street South)

Re: urban cabin. In the most respectful way possible, use logic... or Google... to figure it out.
by Viktor Vaughn
March 13th, 2013, 4:33 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package
Replies: 261
Views: 18371

Re: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package

Forbes has speculated that Zygi Wilf (not including his co-owner brother) is worth a few hundred million. This is before taxpayers padded the value of his NFL team, and during the depths of a real estate recession. As a big-time property owner/developer his holdings can be difficult to value and are...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 13th, 2013, 10:44 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package
Replies: 261
Views: 18371

Re: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package

Not ideal? We got hosed, but whatever? What's done is done, at the end of the day we'll paying for this for decades to come? I realy don't understand people's attitude about this stadium. Minnesota could have made a stand against this billionaire extortion with very little risk of losing that shitty...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 13th, 2013, 10:22 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1029
Views: 124259

Re: General Suburb News

The Star Tribune reports Walmart intends to build a new store in Blaine about 2,000 ft from its existing store. The existing store is much too small at only 142,000 square feet, so Walmart wants a to build a 180,000 square foot store on the other side of the 35W interchange. Plus, building new woul...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 13th, 2013, 9:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 804
Views: 90402

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT)

The Star Tribune reports use of the 35W MnPass lanes is on the rise. 9,217 people have electronic toll accounts to use the I-35W managed lanes, which is on track to match the 12,800 account holders who use I-394. Because they offer an alternative to sitting in traffic and move 50 percent more peopl...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 7th, 2013, 4:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: LPM Apartments - (376' - 36 Stories)
Replies: 1522
Views: 238757

Re: Loring Park Apartments - (1368 LaSalle Avenue)

Is anybody else sort of skeeved by an indoor dog run? Even the small outdoor ones (like at Skyscape) get so pee and feces ridden my dog won't go near it (and she's usually super-into disgusting stuff). Do any other buildings in town have an indoor dog park? Doesn't this one look way too small?
by Viktor Vaughn
March 7th, 2013, 2:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173884

Re: Vikings Stadium

I don't want to get into this too much, but it really did seem like the "well, we didn't want development over there anyway" line got thrown out kind of randomly in the midst of things. I think I (and by extension many of our long time posters) am pretty aware of the city and its history, but I had...
by Viktor Vaughn
March 6th, 2013, 5:25 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173884

Re: Vikings Stadium

Rich, where did you see it was zoned high-tech in 1982?
by Viktor Vaughn
March 6th, 2013, 5:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173884

Re: Vikings Stadium

Thanks for responding to the zoning question and providing the link. However, that quote from Sam Grabraski (in the height of last spring's stadium push) regarding not creating a competing entertainment district is not convincing. First, I don't know what high-tech zoing entails but I'd guess that c...

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