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by alexschief
December 17th, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 518
Views: 43841

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

Oreos&Milk wrote:
December 15th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Perhaps it's because I don't view the midway as a urban corridor but instead of just a train highway.
Huh? It's one of the most urban corridors in the entire city!
by alexschief
December 16th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 493
Views: 94503

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

The Strib has two articles up about Osborn370, otherwise known as the former Ecolab tower: A year in, St. Paul's Osborn370 gains momentum as Twin Cities startup hub Unlikely neighbors add to Osborn370's entrepreneurial energy I have to say, I find downtown St. Paul really interesting. As has been di...
by alexschief
December 14th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 518
Views: 43841

Re: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)

I guess the point is, it's pretty clear that it's not going to integrate meaningfully, and while we can turn every thread into a discussion of how transit planning by corridor in the Twin Cities fails to consider expansion and integration, there's only so much to be said on the topic and seemingly ...
by alexschief
December 13th, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 518
Views: 43841

Re: Midtown Greenway

The process of Midtown rail to date hasn't been serious. The insistence on the mode being called a streetcar, despite the entire right-of-way being dedicated and thus not being an accurate label, speaks to a lack of good faith interest in the project as a transportation service. This, despite the p...
by alexschief
December 12th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 518
Views: 43841

Re: Midtown Greenway

The process of Midtown rail to date hasn't been serious. The insistence on the mode being called a streetcar, despite the entire right-of-way being dedicated and thus not being an accurate label, speaks to a lack of good faith interest in the project as a transportation service. This, despite the po...
by alexschief
December 12th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 191
Views: 17642

Re: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus

Even if the climate change impacts are more complicated and less dramatic than might be imagined, the impacts for air quality and public health are still potentially significant. Lots of high density housing is planned along frequent transit routes. Running zero emission buses down these routes will...
by alexschief
December 11th, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 60
Views: 3797

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

I think the discussion on the last page understood the route issues pretty well. France vs Xerxes is a close call and I go back and forth on it. Either way, the current #6 bus should be redesigned to cover whichever street does not get aBRT.

The northern extension is a no-brainer.
by alexschief
December 7th, 2018, 6:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 932
Views: 78305

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Some coverage of the Minneapolis 2040 vote today from Slate. I wonder if it'll be significant, in terms of being a national model, that Minneapolis was 'the first' to make this kind of change. Minneapolis is an extraordinarily progressive city, just as much if not more progressive than coastal citi...
by alexschief
December 6th, 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4338
Views: 375131

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

SWLRT's best comparisons are to the RER in Paris, Germany's S-Bahn systems, or Vancouver's Skytrain. It connects suburban areas with weak but legible centers to the region's urban core, and with frequency and capacity that is similar to regular urban service. Like in Vancouver, its long-term success...
by alexschief
December 4th, 2018, 9:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6661

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

Speaking of the floorplates, this would be a great place for Sheridan to take their bowling alley concept that they've twice failed with at the Guthrie liner parcel.
by alexschief
December 3rd, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4338
Views: 375131

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

DanPatchToget wrote:
December 3rd, 2018, 12:38 pm
It would be interesting to see if the Northstar gets a slight uptick in ridership on days when there is a blizzard.
I don't think that there's a lot of debate that the answer is yes.
by alexschief
December 3rd, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4338
Views: 375131

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I'll be extremely interesting to see how this line becomes used. There are a number of different potential populations that it could serve, but also reasons to doubt about how well it will serve each. Downtown Workers/Commuters : A lot of money and land is going into Park and Ride facilities. There'...
by alexschief
December 3rd, 2018, 9:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1600
Views: 251053

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Five multi-family buildings, all outside of downtown, go before the Planning Commission today, and it's a bad day for the "Where will they park?" lobby. Units: 352 Parking Spaces: 229 Ratio: 0.65 park/unit Bike Parking Spaces: 588 Ratio: 1.67 bike park/unit I have to say that I find it somewhat curi...
by alexschief
November 29th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 60
Views: 3797

Re: E Line ABRT

Extending the northern section to the University area is a massive no-brainer. The difference between stopping at Stadium Village and Westgate isn't big, but because students increasingly live out in the Westgate area, and because that routing would extend the E-Line past a grocery store, the Surly ...
by alexschief
November 29th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 795
Views: 83267

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Looks like USDOT is finally loosening its grip on the appropriated transit money. I wonder whether they have been under pressure that has forced their hand, or whether there was some weird internal process that was taking a long time. Either way, it suggests that SWLRT will get its money on time. Th...
by alexschief
November 27th, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 101
Views: 16777

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

Vagueperson wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 10:57 pm
that ramp apparently provides HRA money
Probably only if someone else pays the bills to maintain it.

Redevelop the lot and the whole city gets money in new property tax.
by alexschief
November 27th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: "City" "Place" - Woodbury
Replies: 133
Views: 19597

Re: "City" "Place" - Woodbury

File this one under "Laugh or Cry?"
by alexschief
November 24th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N
Replies: 132
Views: 13977

Re: Archive Apartments (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N

Glad the facade is no longer a five alarm tire fire, and I'm always for a nice outdoor sign. But... why is this called the Archive? Why does it have 1.6 parking spaces per unit? Still some issues with this one.
by alexschief
November 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2209
Views: 205064

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

On the Uber/Lyft discussion; both major ridesharing companies continue to massively subsidize their fares with investment capital. Uber's growth decreased and its losses increased in Q2 and Q3 of this year, and it's trying to expand into other businesses while its flagship ridesharing service contin...
by alexschief
November 23rd, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 101
Views: 16777

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

mattaudio wrote:
November 23rd, 2018, 8:44 am
This should mean we don't need to rebuild the RiverCenter/Xcel ramp on the cliff next to the Science Museum, correct?
Yeah, my takeaway is that this should be sold as an excuse to tear down the RiverCenter ramp and put that on the market in the future.

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