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by alexschief
May 30th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis City Planning Commission
Replies: 98
Views: 13401

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Assuming that all of the items this coming week are approved (staff recommends approval), here are the numbers for the Mpls Planning Commission through ten of twenty-one scheduled meetings in 2019: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D70gKfaX4AE9Tv_.jpg:large For comparison, through eleven meetings last yea...
by alexschief
May 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2284
Views: 220864

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

One out of three for Metro Transit. Hopefully in the 2020 bonding bill, one-time money can be secured for the D, B, and E lines, and in the 2021 tax bill (possibly with different partisan control of the legislature), the metro-area transit sales tax can be raised to provide funds to pay for the next...
by alexschief
May 26th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Louisiana Station Area
Replies: 14
Views: 1677

Re: Louisiana Station Area

I say this as someone who has an advanced degree in planning, and whose financial interests are better served if there is a lot of planning work: sometimes we plan too much.

It seems very silly to me to assign specific uses to each station.
by alexschief
May 26th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Louisiana Station Area
Replies: 14
Views: 1677

Re: Louisiana Station Area

Is the objective of the climate action plan to destroy the earth? Otherwise, I'm not seeing how the least intense, most driving oriented option gets the highest score on that measure. Let's hope for B or C.
by alexschief
May 25th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 55267

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

There is supposed to be a $500 million bonding bill (that nobody has seen yet, feels like the legislature has traded acrimony for secrecy) where the D Line might be funded. But again, it's crunch time and nobody has seen this bill. Frustrating.
by alexschief
May 16th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Sears Redevelopment
Replies: 75
Views: 15991

Re: Sears Redevelopment

But generally parking in close proximity is part of the deal for market rate housing in the Midwest. If people keep believing that this is true, it'll keep being true. St. Paul has one light rail line already, another on the way, two highway BRT routes planned, and one arterial BRT route planned. I...
by alexschief
May 15th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Sears Redevelopment
Replies: 75
Views: 15991

Re: Sears Redevelopment

It kinda depends on what kind of office space the State has downtown. Despite almost no new residential construction in downtown St. Paul, there have actually been a reasonable number of residential units added thanks entirely to office conversions. St. Paul has a lot of really bad office space, (Cl...
by alexschief
May 12th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 81
Views: 6390

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

The other implication of that approach is that it's absolutely essential to get dedicated funding for these conversions which would allow more flexibility to re-orient routes when and where they make sense.
by alexschief
May 12th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 81
Views: 6390

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

Imo the E Line is one of the obvious exceptions to legibility concerns for aBRT routes. Directly connecting the University to the place where so many students live after graduating is an obvious connection. The upgrade from the 6 to the E Line will be substantial, especially if we can get bus lanes ...
by alexschief
May 9th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 246
Views: 30601

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

"Keep, historic Hopkins, your storied pomp!" cry the Concerned neighbors. "Give Minneapolis your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to live quietly in peace, The wretched refuse of your teeming main street. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost somewhere else, Let's fasten shut the gold...
by alexschief
May 7th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 530
Views: 46991

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

Slightly new here, but the 10,000 daily riders sounds like a pretty substantial amount for a bus line that has to sit in heavy congestion and is probably not an appealing alternative to walking, biking or even driving if you have the choice. Would a number like this warrant a light-rail, or true de...
by alexschief
May 7th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 312
Views: 52189

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

Is there any reason to think that the short-term rental/hotel market won't just... work itself out? I understand the concerns about further constricting the housing supply, plus the usual worries about changing the feel of a neighborhood. But there's far from an infinite pool of people who want to v...
by alexschief
May 2nd, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 945
Views: 109161

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Hell yeah.
by alexschief
May 2nd, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2284
Views: 220864

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Fun news, Metro Transit's fall 2018 ridership data dump is now available. The data overall shows an increase in ridership, which we know was not true for the year as a whole, so all of these numbers are a bit autumn-tinted. Couple lunch break observations: - The #5 is still the most popular local bu...
by alexschief
April 27th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2284
Views: 220864

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Yes, if we're going to have buses on Nicollet, then we might as well combine Hennepin buses on there as well. And bus passing lanes should have been built on the blocks where buses are dwelling at stops. And Hennepin should be three lane. The better option is to do the reverse: outer two lanes on H...
by alexschief
April 24th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Labeling the Transit System
Replies: 69
Views: 4825

Re: Labeling the Transit System

Yikes. Just about everything in St. Paul, from the A Line stop spacing to the downtown layout, is a huge mess on this map. Metro Transit needs to hire a consultant to do a better job before a map like this actually goes into service.
by alexschief
April 24th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment
Replies: 16
Views: 2637

Re: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment

From the article : Any redevelopment on the lot will look to a similar project at 29th & Aldrich, where the city once owned a 50-space lot. The Aldrich parking lot was sold several years ago for development, but includes 30 public, hourly parking spaces in an underground parking garage. The busines...
by alexschief
April 24th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 977
Views: 149593

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I'm bullish on the prospect of the SWLRT helping to increase the pull of downtown Minneapolis. Companies tend to locate their headquarters closer to where the CEO lives, and while the LRT doesn't exactly reach the shores of Lake Minnetonka, it certainly will intrude on the mental map of the Twin Cit...
by alexschief
April 19th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 52175

Re: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus

Given a finite pot of transit funds, I just don't think I'd prioritize spending on these outlying crosstown routes. I'm sure there's some degree of chicken and egg thing happening here, and I know people love the idea of building out a non-centralized transit system, but... most people still want t...

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