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by alexschief
October 10th, 2017, 3:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 201
Views: 19648

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: 13820

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: 32838

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: 77246

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: 77246

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: 77246

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: 77246

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: 77246

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: 8930

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: 77246

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: 130
Views: 19445

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 ...
by alexschief
September 27th, 2017, 7:35 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17580

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

Those are basically all the sites you'd guess. Ranked: 1. Mpls Farmer’s Market 2. Towerside 3. Midway 4. Downtown Saint Paul 5. Bassett Creek Valley 6. Ford Site 7. Upper Harbor Terminal I'm curious about this ranking. What's your criteria? Towerside would require a lot of relocations/demo, Midway ...
by alexschief
September 27th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17580

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

Those are basically all the sites you'd guess.

Ranked:
1. Mpls Farmer’s Market
2. Towerside
3. Midway
4. Downtown Saint Paul
5. Bassett Creek Valley
6. Ford Site
7. Upper Harbor Terminal
by alexschief
September 27th, 2017, 9:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1946
Views: 227895

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

If this project, the Alatus tower and the Downtown East ramp tower get built I'll be happy with the results of the current boom. I'd take a development on the West Hotel lot over the Downtown East ramp tower, personally It has long mystified me why there hasn't been any development proposals for th...
by alexschief
September 27th, 2017, 8:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20602

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

That parking ramp half-block development is unfortunate, but at least it improved from the first presentation to the second. Parking ramps wrapped with apartments are at least better than surface lots of parking lots unwrapped. But perhaps there is now an option for the public to have input on the d...
by alexschief
September 22nd, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Greenway Trail [not the transit thread]
Replies: 82
Views: 10856

Re: Midtown Greenway

There's probably no project in MSP that I'm more interested in going forward than this one. Protected bike lanes are great, but what has long set Minneapolis apart from other bicycle cities is its network of trails; essentially bicycle highways. A route running from Uptown to downtown Saint Paul wou...
by alexschief
September 15th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4448
Views: 393183

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

As usual, Peter Callaghan has a fair and well-reported article about what the rebid means.
by alexschief
September 15th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Expo 2023
Replies: 34
Views: 3102

Re: Expo 2023

If they want a temporary fairgrounds where nothing permanent and urban will be built, then Bloomington is a great choice. But that does sort of shatter my pipe dream that they'd try something interesting and build an urban fair campus. Still hope they'd use the opportunity to strengthen the fabric o...
by alexschief
September 12th, 2017, 10:08 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 40258

Re: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)

The next step for this stretch is the north side of the street. The area especially at the intersection with University, where you have a one-story strip mall with the Burger King et. al., is probably the only remaining major development opportunity on the street, but it's a good one for the right p...
by alexschief
September 12th, 2017, 8:01 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 125
Views: 21143

Re: Demolition of West Publishing / old jail

The article indicated this was a structural thing, like the extra parking spaces were only needed for support and nothing else. Idk! Which seemed to suppose that you could only start building residential or office above the top of the bluff? That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, considering...

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