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by alexschief
January 30th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8557

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

This project will have 800 spaces, a net gain of 500 spaces from the existing condition. The cost to build a structured parking space in MSP is about $20,000, so lets assume this is a $16,000,000 ramp. The Fed is paying roughly $32,000 per added space. Besides the obvious and obscene waste of propos...
by alexschief
January 30th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 940
Views: 107637

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

12 Hennepin Ave Reconstruction 13 Lowry Ave NE Reconstruction 14 37th Ave NE Reconstruction 24 Route 68 Transit Service Expansion 25 Route 32 Transit Service Expansion 26 Route 4 Transit Service Expansion 29 Chicago-Portland Avenue Corridor Bus Stop Modernization 30 Emerson and Fremont Avenue Bus St...
by alexschief
January 29th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 2,3,4 (2018)

It doesn't bother me if the District 7 commish is anti-transit. They should be anti-transit, because there is nowhere in District 7 that makes sense for a level of transit service beyond local bus. Jeff Johnson's hatred for the cities accomplished nothing in his time in elected office, and maybe it ...
by alexschief
January 29th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 511
Views: 60140

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

I don't think anyone disputes that skyways are great when it's -20. The argument is that comfort on those five days is not worth sacrificing the vitality of the downtown for the other 360 days in the year.
by alexschief
January 24th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8557

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

1. Visionless use of valuable land. 2. Insipid design. 3. Morally bankrupt way to spend money. Anything else? Everyone involved in this project should be embarrassed. I hope the CoW runs them out of the room. It's unbelievable to me that it's 2019 and this white elephant is what an organization of e...
by alexschief
January 16th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8557

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

This is another sign that the city (and Metro Transit) really, really, really need to figure out how to better serve the North Loop with transit. Sure, a lot of workers are probably suburban folks who will drive in anyway. But the North Loop is a booming neighborhood. Minneapolis isn’t doing itself...
by alexschief
January 16th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8557

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

This is darkly comedic. The Federal Reserve is full of smart economists who should be able to understand basic ideas like induced demand. At a time when we need to be discouraging driving in every way possible, here comes the federal government looking to build a gigantic parking garage on transit-a...
by alexschief
January 14th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 146
Views: 10271

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I'm too far removed from this to *really* know what to think. But from my perspective, Metro Transit has been basically well run, with a rare degree of consistency, and anytime you shake up the leadership without really giving an explanation as to why has to be a concern. Given her background as a s...
by alexschief
January 10th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Elliot Park
Replies: 50
Views: 10331

Re: Elliot Park

by alexschief
January 9th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1937
Views: 222201

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

The porte-cochère problem is the city's fault for not axing the streetcar easement and consigning UP to such a restricted site. The city made that mess, I'm leaning to the developer on that front. Ultimately, I'd rather have a porte-cochère than cars making drop offs directly from Hennepin anyway, a...
by alexschief
January 8th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1937
Views: 222201

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

I stand corrected on that front then, thanks. The point about the streetcar still remains though.

Funny story, the Gateway Ramp is also a monstrosity that ought to be vaporized.
by alexschief
January 8th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1937
Views: 222201

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

The porte-cochère problem is made worse by the continued intrusion of the extremely stupid streetcar easement. It was a mistake to start redevelopment of this block without first killing that really bad idea (and biting the bullet and returning the federal transit funds tied up for decades on this b...
by alexschief
December 22nd, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 196
Views: 21018

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I find it fun to see how other cities are reacting to the 2040 plan. Here’s Philadelphia. They put together a panel of people to discuss if it could work there, where the median house value is much lower and density is already higher: www.philly.com/news/minneapolis-single-family-zoning-philadelphi...
by alexschief
December 20th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 312
Views: 51741

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

If I just block out the monstrously large parking garage, this building looks really quite nice.
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Art and Architecture Building Development - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / 155'
Replies: 95
Views: 13973

Re: Art and Architecture Building Redevelopment - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / ~155'

A strong contender for the most frivolous anti-development lawsuit. The plaintiffs allege that the A&A tower will block the view from the Witch's Hat Tower towards "the Minnesota State Capitol, the Cathedral of St. Paul, Cathedral Hill and downtown St. Paul," a statement that anyone who has taken ph...
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1662
Views: 265013

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Last night I did a little bit of searching and totaled up the year-end totals from the Minneapolis Planning Commission. With the caveats that may have double counted something, sometimes in presentations slightly different counts are presented, the entire phased Calhoun Towers project is being count...
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Pittsburgh
Replies: 14
Views: 1347

Re: Pittsburgh

Keep in mind that while Pittsburgh's economy is doing well relative to where it used to be, but it's not exactly Austin of the Appalachians. It has one of the lowest rates of GDP growth among large American metros. It a medium-sized city that's somewhat geographically isolated. Its industrial mix to...
by alexschief
December 18th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46588

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Anyways, for more evidence as to why I don't think tracks can be linked on the west end (even for out-of-service trains), it would be instructive to scroll through this presentation: https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Current-Projects/Southwest-LRT/Publications-And-Resources/Committee...
by alexschief
December 17th, 2018, 4:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4441
Views: 389799

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Extending the #2 bus to the 21st St. Station via Douglas Ave (not sure why that and not just continuing on Franklin) is on the service improvement plan. Currently it's a low priority item because implementation is a few years away.
by alexschief
December 17th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46588

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Oreos&Milk wrote:
December 15th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Perhaps it's because I don't view the midway as a urban corridor but instead of just a train highway.
Huh? It's one of the most urban corridors in the entire city!

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