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by alexschief
May 1st, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 269
Views: 32137

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Yeah, the E-Line obviously needs to end in Southdale. That's a must. As for the France vs Xerxes debate, I think France is the obvious choice. There are activity nodes at 44th, 50th, and 54th. The only node on Xerxes is not even on Xerxes, at 44th and Upton. While we're talking about aBRT extensions...
by alexschief
April 27th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Greenway Trail [not the transit thread]
Replies: 92
Views: 12880

Re: Midtown Greenway

A new study may or may not change our understanding of the alternatives available, but it ought to provide new cost estimates (which will come way above $14 million), a fresh perspective on the issue, and most of all, will hopefully provide renewed political momentum for this vital crossing. It is s...
by alexschief
April 13th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'
Replies: 219
Views: 34862

Re: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'

The attention given to the street level and the openness of the skyway level to the outside is the best part of this design. I'm glad that, with a public project, the city allowed or encouraged their design team to set an example for private developers.
by alexschief
April 12th, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N
Replies: 58
Views: 10998

Re: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N

If Park Liquors is redeveloped, where will underage Macalester students buy their alcohol???

I'm reversing my negative position on reactionary St. Paul anti-development moratoriums, effective immediately. #SaveOurStPaulPark(s)
by alexschief
April 11th, 2018, 8:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 250232

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

Quite a bit cheaper to just make the city streets safer to cross.
by alexschief
April 10th, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 250232

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

The ground floor actually looks pretty good to me, although it's hard to make out much room for retail. But the form of the tower is especially disappointing, and the facade reads pretty flat in these renderings (although the problem on that front may simply be a poor quality rendering). Uninspired...
by alexschief
April 9th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 250232

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

The ground floor actually looks pretty good to me, although it's hard to make out much room for retail. But the form of the tower is especially disappointing, and the facade reads pretty flat in these renderings (although the problem on that front may simply be a poor quality rendering). Uninspired ...
by alexschief
April 6th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Apartment Construction Boom (2011-??)
Replies: 334
Views: 37527

Re: Apartment Construction Boom (2011-??)

I'm counting 1518 new units, which is exciting, but 1516 parking spaces, which is disappointing. Especially considering how some of these projects (Art and Architecture, Calhoun Towers) are directly next to LRT stations, and are both providing at least 1 space per unit. This is a whale of a CoW agen...
by alexschief
March 29th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 161148

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

A quick look at the available spaces on LoopNet shows there's a number of really attractive buildings that are Class B. Particularly 825-831 Nicollet Mall and 500-520 Nicollet Mall. They'd make for great conversions if the owners wanted to go that direction. The Medical Arts Building (825-831) woul...
by alexschief
March 26th, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Solhem Project - 721 1st St N
Replies: 47
Views: 8801

Re: Solhem Project - 721 1st St N

(A) New housing.
(B) The design is contextual and attractive.
(C) ACME is still alive, lol.
by alexschief
March 22nd, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 529
Views: 49557

Re: Future cars / Driverless cars

The actions of the human "driver" in this case show starkly the dangers of Level 3 automation. The human driver was complacent with the technology and lulled into thinking her car was fully autonomous. It's an understandable, probably inevitable mistake, even if she was being paid not to make it. Ub...
by alexschief
March 21st, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 250232

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

The sooner the Nicollet-Central streetcar idea dies, the better.
by alexschief
March 9th, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 28279

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

SurlyLHT wrote:
March 9th, 2018, 7:58 am
“I think if you had some 40-story tower, it would tower over the Commons,” Tamburino said.
God forbid the Commons ever feel like Central Park or Rittenhouse Square, two of the premier urban parks in America.

Seriously, what an idiotic comment.
by alexschief
March 8th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Zoning, building codes, enforcement in the courts
Replies: 38
Views: 3288

Re: Zoning, building codes, enforcement in the courts

It's going to be ugly visually. You'll have a lot of blocks with a mix of small hundred year old stucco bungalows and cheap looking boxy modern buildings with small setbacks and lots of corrugated metal and wood-look composite panels. I'm not trying to pick a fight here. I recognize that probably t...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 276
Views: 51674

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 39 stories / >450'

Considering that this building is supplying more than enough parking for residents and workers at Padilla and the Red Cross, they ought to completely remove the surface parking on those lots, and extend the Dinkytown Greenway trail to Gold Medal Park as Anondson and Grant suggested. That would tie t...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2018, 9:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 276
Views: 51674

Re: Ryan Condo Tower - 1111 West River Parkway

I remember that there was speculation that they would replace the Padilla building. Glad to see that they are taking the surface lot instead. What excites me most about this project is that it will continue to enhance the enclosed urban feel of Gold Medal Park, leaving the C97 lot as the last park-a...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2018, 9:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 28279

Re: New Thrivent Headquarters Building - 6th St and Portland Ave

The comparisons to the KA project are too obvious to be accidental. Clear that the KA model was seen and appreciated by Thrivent. These full-block redevelopments present a really exciting opportunity to fill gaping holes in the cityscape in a coherent, designed way. That both blocks will incorporate...
by alexschief
March 2nd, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Impound Lot
Replies: 106
Views: 11582

Re: Impound Lot

I would honestly, rather see them move the impound lot next to the Water Treatment plant in Fridley or etc. Does this legally even have to be in Minneapolis? I don't think we need to give prime TOD real estate to an impound lot, but yes, absolutely the impound lot has to be accessible to people who...
by alexschief
March 1st, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Crime
Replies: 174
Views: 17424

Re: Crime

One of the huge reasons that Hennepin Ave. feels so unloved is because, in fact, nobody loves it. It's a poorly designed street, fronted by four types of uses, theaters, clubs, mega restaurants, and surface parking lots, that are not consistently in use and have little investment in the street prese...
by alexschief
February 27th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Oslo, Norway (my home away from home)
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: Oslo, Norway (my home away from home)

I studied in Oslo in 2011, and didn't know they were planning on doing the whole Hot Wheels loop-da-loop with the T-Bane map. Of course, that's still how it used to work, but it was conceptualized as two lines with the #4 becoming the #6, . I'm not sure what is gained by combining them into a single...

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