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by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 124374

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site

Some of the details in the ground floor plan really are baffling. It's frustrating that Ryan built this big new downtown park and then across multiple buildings turned down the opportunity to create a ring of retail spaces around it. Add to that the insistence on building more parking when your buil...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 313
Views: 53006

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

That's odd, I didn't know their CEO was an investor in this building.
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2296
Views: 226991

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

...especially compared to the #65 bus on Dale, which saw a huge increase in riders after being boosted in frequency when the Green Line arrived, and now runs every twenty minutes midday? Whoops, I mean the #62 on Rice, which now runs every quarter hour and saw the bump in ridership. What are the sp...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Pedro Park
Replies: 33
Views: 8474

Re: Pedro Park

On a side note, I think opponents to keeping the annex are focusing on getting rid of the wrong building. It's Union Gospel Mission Daycare, a suburban style building, that is out of place. Move the UGMD into the lowest level of the annex building (with doors opening onto the park). UGMD could dona...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2296
Views: 226991

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Question for folks: what's the history of transit on Lexington Parkway? The divergence in service between Snelling (aBRT every ten minutes) and Lexington (regular bus every half hour) is striking, given that these corridors are just a mile apart and serve similar land use. It makes sense to me that ...
by alexschief
March 1st, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 78578

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

One thing that increasingly concerns me (and now I'm going to be the broken record) is the lack of a coherent transit plan for Downtown St. Paul. I'd probably prefer your concept of turning 5th over to transit, but the current plans are not completely discordant, and I think that's why there hasn't...
by alexschief
March 1st, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 78578

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Broken record here, but this will be a good project the more closely it resembles the existing METRO LRT service, including... - Dedicated at-grade ROW - Eliminating the redundant stations at Homer, W 5th/W 6th - Further separating the Maynard and Davern stations or consolidating into one station - ...
by alexschief
February 28th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 113
Views: 20374

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Given that the HPC has been overruled in this exact neighborhood twice with recent projects, including the first Expo phase, I'm not exactly buying Doran's insistence that their opposition was enough to cause a retreat on the tower proposal. They already had backed off a tower for the middle block, ...
by alexschief
February 26th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Raymond Station area developments
Replies: 9
Views: 2099

Re: Raymond Station area developments

Baffled that nobody has bought out the Twin Cities Reptiles/Fire and Ice Ministries building yet.
by alexschief
February 26th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)
Replies: 66
Views: 8679

Re: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)

Music to my ears.
by alexschief
February 22nd, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 269
Views: 31910

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Not possible to fund ten highway BRT routes with an 1/8th cent sales tax increase. That’s where my assumption that the funds were intended for aBRT comes from. I hadn’t seen that map—that map is...concerning. It would also, of course, be a very stupid waste of resources, to spend transit money on a ...
by alexschief
February 21st, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1749

Re: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding

Important also to note that the proposed 1/8th sales tax increase would fund ten new aBRT routes. Last year, I estimated that completing a network of fifteen routes would cost about $800 million in total. Of course, the A-Line has already been built, the C-Line is about to open, and the D, B, and E ...
by alexschief
February 20th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 384
Views: 52813

Re: City Center

I like the glass midblock, I don't like that they kept the chamfer corners. Those spaces are inherently dark and dreary, and it's accentuated by the off-tan concrete (which it looks like they might be thinking of cleaning up, it's hard to tell on a rendering like this). Without something interesting...
by alexschief
February 20th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1749

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

The main benefit of a gas tax increase, barring a future change to the constitution, would be that it would make driving costlier and hopefully provide an increased disincentive. You obviously don't run a business that has a fleet of commercial vehicles. With wages alone we have increased rated to ...
by alexschief
February 19th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1749

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

His budget also calls for a 1/8th cent addition to the metro transit tax and (maybe most significantly) a shifting of Metro Mobility off Metro Transit's books. That's where the transit money is in this proposal, and it's significant. The main benefit of a gas tax increase, barring a future change to...
by alexschief
February 18th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 964
Views: 129805

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Love to see "creative accounting" in a headline about municipal finances. What could possibly go wrong?
by alexschief
February 18th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 75355

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Bill Lindeke put it well a few years ago: Density Without Mixed-Use Baffles Me . This basically applies to the South Loop. Back in the early 00's, if you would've known how trends in urban development would go, you would never have planned the LRT as they did, with three stations in an area that at ...
by alexschief
February 15th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 75355

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

28th Avenue Station is the 53rd most popular station that Metro Transit serves. Park and Ride! Average Daily Rides (Q3): 2017 - 919 2016 - 958 2015 - 984 2014 - 1065 American Blvd Station is the 207th most popular station that Metro Transit serves. Average Daily Rides (Q3): 2017 - 256 2016 - 249 20...
by alexschief
February 15th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 758
Views: 91606

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I'm sure this topic has been bludgeoned to death in past years, but a couple thoughts... The current St. Cloud Station location is pretty unfortunate. Ideally, the station would be on the other side of the river, at the north end of the downtown, but the bend into downtown St. Cloud is single track ...
by alexschief
February 14th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1956
Views: 235723

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

Who knows what Opus' deal is, but if they're actually close to making a proposal, and if they then end up breaking ground on something similar to 365 this fall, they'll probably beat the Gateway Tower to completion. It'll take a long time to build a tower of this height and complexity. Those are som...

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