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by alexschief
April 11th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: West Lake Street Hotel- 3012 Excelsior Blvd (8 stories, 100')
Replies: 41
Views: 4562

Re: West Lake Street Hotel- 3012 Excelsior Blvd (8 stories, 100')

This project got better.

The slip lane in front of the hotel is unfortunate. The best option would be to get rid of it, the second best option would be to rough up the pavement before that crosswalk so that drivers get the message and slow down.
by alexschief
April 9th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 269
Views: 31292

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

B Line meetings coming up soon. https://www.metrotransit.org/b-line-meetings I hadn't noticed (until I was corrected on Twitter) that the B-Line planning scope has been expanded to include Selby and downtown St. Paul. I hope that anyone who attends these meetings will press for the project to inclu...
by alexschief
April 5th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 2876

Re: Green Line LRT

That's really disappointing. Canceling the already infrequent overnight service in August is essentially canceling the service for the coming winter. That will put some people's lives in real danger. It's not fair to Metro Transit that their trains are being used as a shelter, but that's a role they...
by alexschief
April 3rd, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 285
Views: 29966

Re: Bike Share

*** Cleveland is the exception on bike projects in St. Paul, not the norm, and if you think that's the only bike lane fight that has happened you haven't been paying attention. The city has built or is in the process of building a dozen miles of new trails around the city, including high-quality pr...
by alexschief
April 3rd, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 285
Views: 29966

Re: Bike Share

I'm sure it has to do with St. Paul's bizarre decision to choose Lime as their preferred dockless bike company. Now, in the least surprising news of the year, Lime has pulled out as well. The big underlying issue really is that St. Paul has always been a tough market for bike share because it's a to...
by alexschief
April 2nd, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Construction Webcams
Replies: 55
Views: 25973

Re: Construction Webcams

The East Town Apartments cam has a new, far better angle.
by alexschief
March 30th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9716

Re: Ayd Mill Road

I feel like we're in the 1970's again. Let's recap: Connecting AMR to 94 would: (1) Destroy tax-paying property (2) Induce more traffic, causing increases in carbon emissions and increases in airborne particulates (3) Add to the road maintenance costs of the owning authority, which is already short ...
by alexschief
March 29th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9716

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Cropped version from the EIS, available here: https://amrtf.weebly.com/2005-eis.html It's really a much better solution than Selby to Snelling to 94. But far worse than removing the road entirely, so I'm really not sure why it would be considered. St. Paul is a city with significant tax base issues...
by alexschief
March 29th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9716

Re: Ayd Mill Road

Seems obvious to say, but either connect it to I-94 via the frontage roads or cut off the 35E freeway-style entrance. I'm no proponent for it, but connecting this more directly to I-94 would add a badly-needed additional N-S arterial that doesn't use Cretin, Hamline, Snelling, Lex or Dale, which ar...
by alexschief
March 28th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9716

Re: Ayd Mill Road

I think Ayd Mill road is great for reducing traffic on surface streets. A good compromise would be to upgrade Ayd Mill and calm Snelling and Lexington with fewer lanes, maybe a Snelling bus lane, and high quality bike lanes. Ayd Mill can have reconfigured intersections at Hamline, Grand, and St Cla...
by alexschief
March 27th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 108
Views: 9716

Re: Ayd Mill Road

After complaints "on social media," St. Paul is planning on spending $3.5 million (more than the entire repaving budget) to repave Ayd Mill Road two years early . The money will come out of the budget for a different street reconstruction project, which was binned after neighbors objected to adding ...
by alexschief
March 27th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 975
Views: 146070

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

The streetscape is really important here, across from the library and the Nimbus. I would hope the city might suggest to Opus these three guidelines: 1. Two buildings to break up this space, not one giant facade. 2. Not another parking podium. 3. Retail on the entire Nicollet frontage and the Marque...
by alexschief
March 22nd, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'
Replies: 62
Views: 9668

Re: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'

This could double as my response to the discussion on the Elliot Park thread on the First Covenant project, but swapping retail for housing at the ground level is a good trade. Minneapolis absolutely need tons of housing, but pedestrian scale retail is one of those things that helps make dense neigh...
by alexschief
March 21st, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Elliot Park
Replies: 50
Views: 10216

Re: Elliot Park

Disappointing to see the retail disappear and the parking increase dramatically. Also disappointing to have another development attempting to make significant changes when construction has already started. It's a bad precedent to set, and this project is worse for the neighborhood than when it was p...
by alexschief
March 19th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 362
Views: 45834

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

If there is not demand for their product at that price point, they will have to offer incentives or lower the price. If there is a lot of demand, then Minneapolis needs several more buildings like this, not less.
by alexschief
March 15th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3180

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

The only thing that's going to move the dial on transportation (given that our land use patterns are so fully baked) is electrification. And electric cars need parking spaces just like ICE cars. We're arguing about whether the next 5,000 people who move into downtown will drive their cars a little ...
by alexschief
March 13th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3180

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

Again—I'm not saying the city should deny all of these buildings unless they get rid of all their parking, rah rah rah. I know that's just not politically feasible. But I am saying that I think a lot of these buildings would do fine with 10%-20% less parking or maybe one fewer level of structured un...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3180

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

I understand what you're saying. 100%. I'm just saying, as someone who works for developers, luxury condos (please note this is what we are talking about) are going to want high parking ratios. And I do get the "this is the way the world works" perspective. But I'd like to push it to work different...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3180

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

Just so I'm clear, when people in neighborhoods complain about apartments generating traffic, we call them NIMBY's and note that residential properties generate very very little traffic. But apartments downtown are a different animal, somehow. The more parking that is provided, the more car traffic...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3180

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

Two issues with overbuilding parking: The first is that parking is expensive to build, and the more parking that gets built in these developments, the higher the sale price and the higher the rent will be. I think that's bad, I'd rather people paid less for their housing, and one of the easiest ways...

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