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by alexschief
October 30th, 2017, 7:58 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 17029

Re: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017

PS I find it odd that the Strib uses upzoning and density as knocks against Erica but not against their preferred mayoral candidate. The Strib is this weird amalgamation of both growth machine and homevoter politics. They have a very mid-century, Western American view of the city; skyscrapers and a...
by alexschief
October 22nd, 2017, 11:35 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 512
Views: 101651

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Stark said the moratorium is not designed to block any particular construction plans, though the neighborhood is aware of at least a tentative project...
That seems a recipe for a losing lawsuit.
by alexschief
October 20th, 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 159
Views: 14296

Re: D Line - Fremont/Emerson/Chicago Rapid Bus

In the recent Strib article about the D-Line . It was mentioned that the current #5 bus gets roughly 19,000 weekday riders. I knew it was in that range, but now with a number behind it, we can do some fun math. The #5 bus travels (by my estimate) about 19.5 route miles, carrying 19,000 weekday rider...
by alexschief
October 17th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 21407

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

All of this talk about math just serves to make ranked choice voting pointlessly complicated. At the end user, it's very simple. Rank your candidates in order of preference. That is all people need to know.
by alexschief
October 17th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St
Replies: 113
Views: 14697

Re: CPM North Loop Office Building - 419 Washington Ave N / 420 N 3rd St

This is still just a decorated parking structure right?
by alexschief
October 13th, 2017, 8:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks
Replies: 196
Views: 23580

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks

My dream for the post office building is that it be bought by a major institutional use, and they hire an architect with the inspiration of HdM's Elbphilharmonie , and Zaha Hadid's (lesser but in the same vein Antwerp Port House . The Minneapolis post office's size and location would make it well su...
by alexschief
October 12th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Are there any relevant examples of [successful] transit lines that are only like 3.5 miles long? Totally. Montréal has an entire subway line that runs for three stops. Vancouver has a three stop airport spur. New York's S train runs between Grand Central and Times Square. Philly's Broad Street Line...
by alexschief
October 12th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

I've written enough already about this project so that people know my views. I think this LPA choice was pretty inevitable. I think that it's at least okay that this project is mostly dedicated ROW. But as I said above, I think that the part that is mixed is exactly the one part which most needs ded...
by alexschief
October 11th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Anthony Village
Replies: 47
Views: 5659

Re: St. Anthony Village

If the facts are as they have been reported, this is a disgrace, and I hope the developer has enough documentation and legal grounds to sue the town. "Density concerns" is an embarrassing phrase. That the word "density" can be considered a "concern" on its own, with no further description is a relic...
by alexschief
October 10th, 2017, 3:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 199
Views: 19085

Re: C Line - Arterial Rapid Bus & Penn Ave Community Works Project

Metro Transit has confirmed that funding is in place with construction in 2018, service in 2019. https://www.metrotransit.org/funding-in-place-for-regions-second-rapid-bus-line- Best news I've heard today so far! The #19 bus is MSP's eighth busiest bus , with somewhere north of 6,000 weekday riders...
by alexschief
October 10th, 2017, 3:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N
Replies: 86
Views: 13539

Re: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N

This development is tremendously exciting. The quality of the vision matches the importance of the location.
by alexschief
October 10th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Link at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE
Replies: 202
Views: 32619

Re: RISE at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE

This project is *pretty good*, and so I don't think it's worth getting too bent out of shape over some of this. The height is at a near perfect ratio given the street width. The grocery store will put windows and seating out on University. The main building entrance will be at the corner. The garage...
by alexschief
October 10th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

At least part of the way is dedicated ROW. But the part of the route that most needs dedicated ROW is also the smaller part that is shared. I accept that this is a battle we're not likely to win in the near term, but I think it's important (as others have mentioned) that this route be built in such ...
by alexschief
October 6th, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

IMG_6342.PNG This is the LPA, right? Modern streetcar on 7th/ hwy 5. Not entirely sure if the route needs so many stops on the western end. Feels as if you could remove stops at Homer, Maynard or Davern, and possibly Historic Fort Snelling (does it need two stops?). I understand the costs for a str...
by alexschief
October 5th, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Build the Riverview corridor as is, with a straight shot to the airport. Build the Midtown LRT Phase 1 from West Lake (Green) to Lake St. (Blue). Build the Midtown LRT Phase 2 from 46th Street to Sibley Plaza, so that Midtown ultimately runs from Hopkins to downtown Saint Paul. Problem solved. I'll...
by alexschief
October 4th, 2017, 8:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Build the Riverview corridor as is, with a straight shot to the airport. Build the Midtown LRT Phase 1 from West Lake (Green) to Lake St. (Blue). Build the Midtown LRT Phase 2 from 46th Street to Sibley Plaza, so that Midtown ultimately runs from Hopkins to downtown Saint Paul. Problem solved.
by alexschief
October 1st, 2017, 7:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

I know I've written plenty about this, but it still blows my mind that even at the STUDY phase, we can't muster the political will to take even a single lane of traffic away from cars on West 7th. Could that parking not be moved into a ramp somewhere? It's absolutely wild. Car travel and car storag...
by alexschief
September 29th, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Denver
Replies: 98
Views: 8676

Re: Denver

From an east coast eye, better than the towers going up at Hudson Yards, but not as good as One Vanderbilt, 9 DeKalb, or Foster's new Comcast tower in Philadelphia. See the links in that article though. The double tower from the same developer is extremely bad. Looks like it should be in Brickell, M...
by alexschief
September 29th, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 810
Views: 76769

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

I know I've written plenty about this, but it still blows my mind that even at the STUDY phase, we can't muster the political will to take even a single lane of traffic away from cars on West 7th. Could that parking not be moved into a ramp somewhere? It's absolutely wild. Car travel and car storage...
by alexschief
September 28th, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W
Replies: 129
Views: 18657

Re: Sons of Norway block redevelopment - 1455 Lake St W

Love the scale. Love 326 units. Not a huge fan of 327 parking stalls, but that does come to less than 1/unit because some portion of those spots are intended for SoN employees. The turret though, was this designed by Michael Graves' ghost? Looks like they were inspired by the Kjeungskjær Lighthouse ...

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