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by alexschief
January 9th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1946
Views: 228001

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: 1946
Views: 228001

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: 1946
Views: 228001

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: 21450

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: 52242

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: 96
Views: 14715

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: 1692
Views: 270593

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: 1368

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: 47010

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: 4448
Views: 393259

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: 47010

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!
by alexschief
December 16th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 519
Views: 104458

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

The Strib has two articles up about Osborn370, otherwise known as the former Ecolab tower: A year in, St. Paul's Osborn370 gains momentum as Twin Cities startup hub Unlikely neighbors add to Osborn370's entrepreneurial energy I have to say, I find downtown St. Paul really interesting. As has been di...
by alexschief
December 14th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 47010

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

I guess the point is, it's pretty clear that it's not going to integrate meaningfully, and while we can turn every thread into a discussion of how transit planning by corridor in the Twin Cities fails to consider expansion and integration, there's only so much to be said on the topic and seemingly ...
by alexschief
December 13th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 47010

Re: Midtown Greenway

The process of Midtown rail to date hasn't been serious. The insistence on the mode being called a streetcar, despite the entire right-of-way being dedicated and thus not being an accurate label, speaks to a lack of good faith interest in the project as a transportation service. This, despite the p...
by alexschief
December 12th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 47010

Re: Midtown Greenway

The process of Midtown rail to date hasn't been serious. The insistence on the mode being called a streetcar, despite the entire right-of-way being dedicated and thus not being an accurate label, speaks to a lack of good faith interest in the project as a transportation service. This, despite the po...
by alexschief
December 12th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 201
Views: 19709

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Even if the climate change impacts are more complicated and less dramatic than might be imagined, the impacts for air quality and public health are still potentially significant. Lots of high density housing is planned along frequent transit routes. Running zero emission buses down these routes will...
by alexschief
December 11th, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 81
Views: 6393

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

I think the discussion on the last page understood the route issues pretty well. France vs Xerxes is a close call and I go back and forth on it. Either way, the current #6 bus should be redesigned to cover whichever street does not get aBRT.

The northern extension is a no-brainer.
by alexschief
December 7th, 2018, 6:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 947
Views: 82347

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Some coverage of the Minneapolis 2040 vote today from Slate. I wonder if it'll be significant, in terms of being a national model, that Minneapolis was 'the first' to make this kind of change. Minneapolis is an extraordinarily progressive city, just as much if not more progressive than coastal citi...
by alexschief
December 6th, 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4448
Views: 393259

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

SWLRT's best comparisons are to the RER in Paris, Germany's S-Bahn systems, or Vancouver's Skytrain. It connects suburban areas with weak but legible centers to the region's urban core, and with frequency and capacity that is similar to regular urban service. Like in Vancouver, its long-term success...
by alexschief
December 4th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6971

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)

Speaking of the floorplates, this would be a great place for Sheridan to take their bowling alley concept that they've twice failed with at the Guthrie liner parcel.

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