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by alexschief
August 8th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bus Destination Signage
Replies: 11
Views: 1141

Re: Bus Destination Signage

Multimodal wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 5:13 am
And that’s pretty much the point of aBRT, right? Pick an arterial, and provide high frequency service mainly along that arterial, with no deviations.
One of the biggest improvements. Legibility, in transportation planning terms.
by alexschief
August 8th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytower - McDonalds redevelopment
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

Re: Dinkytower - McDonalds redevelopment

The height I have no problem with, but the proposed building is absolutely huge in bulk. While it's nice to develop a whole area all at once, it's often not great for the urban design of the area to have one megabuilding instead of many smaller ones. Architecturally, I hope they can at least split t...
by alexschief
August 8th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 157375

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

LOCKED: Rapidly growing Merrill Corp. will consolidate 350 employees in downtown Minneapolis Also worth noting that US Bank owns the Plaza building. But they do not own US Bancorp Center (800 Nicollet), which means they lack control over future rent increases. They could just be shifting people arou...
by alexschief
August 7th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165491

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

I was originally someone defending keeping buses on Nicollet. Now, I think they need to go. A colleague suggested the idea that buses could use Nicollet for the winter months but another corridor during the summer months (when all the events block Nicollet anyways). That seems like something we sho...
by alexschief
August 3rd, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Prospect Park - General Topics
Replies: 183
Views: 32708

Re: Prospect Park - General Topics

Was thrilled to see Robin Garwood's tweets on Thursday celebrating the opening of the Green On Fourth. He also took some photos from the roof , which show that construction on the 4th St. Lofts is pretty advanced. Between Q3 2017 and Q3 2018, when Metro Transit takes the ridership data that they rel...
by alexschief
August 2nd, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92867

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

In this future, I'm not sure why this alternative would be preferred to using the I-394 trench for a new station, with the existing tracks running in a shallow tunnel under 3rd Ave. Operationally that option is simpler, and it would bring this hypothetical rail hub closer to the CBD instead of furth...
by alexschief
August 2nd, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 256
Views: 45554

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

If you hire Bob Stern to design a luxury high rise, you know exactly what it's going to look like. I doubt developers are particularly perturbed by the criticism. My favorite thing with this project was when the Strib interviewed the lead architect at RAMSA and he claimed that the design was inspire...
by alexschief
July 29th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1058
Views: 141653

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

The principle of induced demand works whenever you provide a good to people for free, or bake the cost into what they are already paying. If you build parking people will fill it. If you don't build parking or charge a separate, market-rate fee for it, people will find alternatives. That's why it's ...
by alexschief
July 24th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 98
Views: 14511

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

Great news. I hope the Fed will take the comments of the city planning commissioners to heart, and come back with a proposal that better fits the city's goals and honors the riverfront site. Break this big site up into multiple buildings. Make room for people to live and work, not just space for car...
by alexschief
July 23rd, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'
Replies: 70
Views: 10188

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 36 stories / ~400'(?)

The scale is excellent and the location will patch a gaping hole in the urban fabric. Great looking design, positive (quasi)public space, extremely inventive site plan, mix of uses is fantastic and will bring a lot to the area. The restaurant on the amenity level will have absolutely killer views of...
by alexschief
July 23rd, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Uncancelled)
Replies: 61
Views: 9547

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)

It's better with the retail. The crane room portion could look fascinating from the street. I'm bothered by the lack of any interest in the southeastern portion of the site. The two story building at 508 Washington is a pretty ordinary structure, is it worth preserving? The surface parking lot at th...
by alexschief
July 20th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2312
Views: 231458

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

These repeated cuts are extremely frustrating and dispiriting.
by alexschief
July 18th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92867

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

talindsay wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 10:11 am
I think what a lot of pipe-dreamers on here fail to recognize...
The almost exactly one-to-one model for this Minneapolis pipe dream is Denver's Union Station and the SOM-designed train shed.
by alexschief
July 18th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92867

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

Somebody somewhere alluded to repurposing the I-394 trench and I think it's brilliant. Cut-and-cover N 3rd Ave from the Fed to Washington; demolish the C Ramp (and the B Ramp?); build shiny new *European-style* terminal building from Washington to 5th. (stage II includes converting 5th St. into a b...
by alexschief
July 12th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4468
Views: 403777

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Detours from states and counties are reliably dumb, because they are required to use state or county roads and work for both cars and trucks. At a certain level, they're not really even intended for locals.
by alexschief
July 9th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 98
Views: 14511

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

Pretty sure the Fed’s economists aren’t just sitting around thinking deep economic thoughts about the north loop’s parking situation. At least I would hope they’d delegate that to an administrator. It's completely within their wheelhouse to investigate. No reason why studies about the North Loop wo...
by alexschief
July 9th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 98
Views: 14511

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

I was struck by a couple things: 1. The Federal Reserve's presentation took forever and contained very little of substance. Mr. Carter gave an entire presentation about the function and work of the Fed, as if he were addressing a visiting group from a middle school, it was extremely odd. At one poin...
by alexschief
July 2nd, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 27823

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

The building's first floor would have a 14,000-square-foot day-care facility and outdoor play area and 5,000 square feet of retail space, which Sherman is looking to fill with fitness users and a coffee shop Is there another day-care facility nearby? This retail mix seems excellent for the neighbor...
by alexschief
June 27th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 546
Views: 111341

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

New owner will rename, renovate troubled 180 E. Fifth building in St. Paul

This is a donut shaped building, I imagine the floorplates might be tricky for modern office tenants. Why not convert to apartments?
by alexschief
June 27th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 27823

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

I'm disappointed they couldn't get the original watercolor too.

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