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by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3180

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

The location is a current surface parking lot, the design is really quite striking (or, at least, half of the renderings are—would be good to confirm that the terra cotta color would be more like what's shown in the oblique rendering and not in the elevation), and the five (!!!) small retail bays wi...
by alexschief
March 12th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 414
Views: 72287

Re: Dinkytown

For an idea of what this might look like, the University of Pennsylvania just opened a concept like this. It's very good.
by alexschief
March 8th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills
Replies: 89
Views: 13642

Re: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills

Let a site that is immediately adjacent to a freeway and 12 miles from the city center sit fallow while developers are busy building spec housing in Hanover, sure. I'm certainly not in favor of that either, but I'm not aware of any county-led effort there. As a general rule, I'd like to see the Met...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 312
Views: 51525

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

Actually kind of a fascinating concept. Most food halls are, themselves, sort of an intermediate step between doing nothing and having a bricks and mortar location. This Galley Group model finds an even narrower niche, a bit more involved than just a stall at a farmers market, but ahead of owning a ...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2253
Views: 215224

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Minneapolis requires a special permit for buses on the parkways, I'm not sure about in St Paul Ah, that makes sense. It does? Between EPD and Grand, Lexington gets over 20,000 ADT. It gets 13,500 ADT through the park. Any bucolic appeal to this "parkway" has long been destroyed. Those tens of thous...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills
Replies: 89
Views: 13642

Re: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills

Just put everyone our of their misery, Ramsey County! My development proposal for this site is to plant trees everywhere. Just because there is a large vacant piece of land doesn't mean it needs to become a master planned development. The location of this site has never made much sense for the kinds...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1048
Views: 120790

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site

Some of the details in the ground floor plan really are baffling. It's frustrating that Ryan built this big new downtown park and then across multiple buildings turned down the opportunity to create a ring of retail spaces around it. Add to that the insistence on building more parking when your buil...
by alexschief
March 7th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 312
Views: 51525

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

That's odd, I didn't know their CEO was an investor in this building.
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2253
Views: 215224

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

...especially compared to the #65 bus on Dale, which saw a huge increase in riders after being boosted in frequency when the Green Line arrived, and now runs every twenty minutes midday? Whoops, I mean the #62 on Rice, which now runs every quarter hour and saw the bump in ridership. What are the sp...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Pedro Park
Replies: 33
Views: 8279

Re: Pedro Park

On a side note, I think opponents to keeping the annex are focusing on getting rid of the wrong building. It's Union Gospel Mission Daycare, a suburban style building, that is out of place. Move the UGMD into the lowest level of the annex building (with doors opening onto the park). UGMD could dona...
by alexschief
March 6th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2253
Views: 215224

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Question for folks: what's the history of transit on Lexington Parkway? The divergence in service between Snelling (aBRT every ten minutes) and Lexington (regular bus every half hour) is striking, given that these corridors are just a mile apart and serve similar land use. It makes sense to me that ...
by alexschief
March 1st, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 809
Views: 76357

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

One thing that increasingly concerns me (and now I'm going to be the broken record) is the lack of a coherent transit plan for Downtown St. Paul. I'd probably prefer your concept of turning 5th over to transit, but the current plans are not completely discordant, and I think that's why there hasn't...
by alexschief
March 1st, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 809
Views: 76357

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

Broken record here, but this will be a good project the more closely it resembles the existing METRO LRT service, including... - Dedicated at-grade ROW - Eliminating the redundant stations at Homer, W 5th/W 6th - Further separating the Maynard and Davern stations or consolidating into one station - ...
by alexschief
February 28th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 100
Views: 17421

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Given that the HPC has been overruled in this exact neighborhood twice with recent projects, including the first Expo phase, I'm not exactly buying Doran's insistence that their opposition was enough to cause a retreat on the tower proposal. They already had backed off a tower for the middle block, ...
by alexschief
February 26th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Raymond Station area developments
Replies: 9
Views: 2021

Re: Raymond Station area developments

Baffled that nobody has bought out the Twin Cities Reptiles/Fire and Ice Ministries building yet.
by alexschief
February 26th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)
Replies: 66
Views: 8324

Re: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)

Music to my ears.
by alexschief
February 22nd, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 269
Views: 31292

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Not possible to fund ten highway BRT routes with an 1/8th cent sales tax increase. That’s where my assumption that the funds were intended for aBRT comes from. I hadn’t seen that map—that map is...concerning. It would also, of course, be a very stupid waste of resources, to spend transit money on a ...
by alexschief
February 21st, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1530

Re: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding

Important also to note that the proposed 1/8th sales tax increase would fund ten new aBRT routes. Last year, I estimated that completing a network of fifteen routes would cost about $800 million in total. Of course, the A-Line has already been built, the C-Line is about to open, and the D, B, and E ...
by alexschief
February 20th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 369
Views: 49242

Re: City Center

I like the glass midblock, I don't like that they kept the chamfer corners. Those spaces are inherently dark and dreary, and it's accentuated by the off-tan concrete (which it looks like they might be thinking of cleaning up, it's hard to tell on a rendering like this). Without something interesting...
by alexschief
February 20th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1530

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

The main benefit of a gas tax increase, barring a future change to the constitution, would be that it would make driving costlier and hopefully provide an increased disincentive. You obviously don't run a business that has a fleet of commercial vehicles. With wages alone we have increased rated to ...

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