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by alexschief
February 19th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2019-2020 MN Legislative Session / Budget / Bonding
Replies: 30
Views: 1531

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2018

His budget also calls for a 1/8th cent addition to the metro transit tax and (maybe most significantly) a shifting of Metro Mobility off Metro Transit's books. That's where the transit money is in this proposal, and it's significant. The main benefit of a gas tax increase, barring a future change to...
by alexschief
February 18th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 961
Views: 126324

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Love to see "creative accounting" in a headline about municipal finances. What could possibly go wrong?
by alexschief
February 18th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 73890

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

Bill Lindeke put it well a few years ago: Density Without Mixed-Use Baffles Me . This basically applies to the South Loop. Back in the early 00's, if you would've known how trends in urban development would go, you would never have planned the LRT as they did, with three stations in an area that at ...
by alexschief
February 15th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 73890

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

28th Avenue Station is the 53rd most popular station that Metro Transit serves. Park and Ride! Average Daily Rides (Q3): 2017 - 919 2016 - 958 2015 - 984 2014 - 1065 American Blvd Station is the 207th most popular station that Metro Transit serves. Average Daily Rides (Q3): 2017 - 256 2016 - 249 20...
by alexschief
February 15th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 721
Views: 85706

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I'm sure this topic has been bludgeoned to death in past years, but a couple thoughts... The current St. Cloud Station location is pretty unfortunate. Ideally, the station would be on the other side of the river, at the north end of the downtown, but the bend into downtown St. Cloud is single track ...
by alexschief
February 14th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1928
Views: 218629

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

Who knows what Opus' deal is, but if they're actually close to making a proposal, and if they then end up breaking ground on something similar to 365 this fall, they'll probably beat the Gateway Tower to completion. It'll take a long time to build a tower of this height and complexity. Those are som...
by alexschief
February 14th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 742
Views: 75418

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

These buildings will make a positive difference, but the neighborhood should demand more height from the Allianz Field site opposite. Snelling Ave is 100' wide at that point, you'd want a building of at least 150' in height (one and a half times the street width is a classic rule of thumb) on the ea...
by alexschief
February 14th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1009
Views: 158860

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

I think the Fed's ramp will be paid parking, and the proposed project at 310 2nd St will be "free to residents (obviously folded into the cost paid by the tenant). It doesn't dramatically change the analysis either way, unless they charge substantially more than the current market rate. Parking in M...
by alexschief
February 13th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1009
Views: 158860

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Proposal for a new building at 310 2nd Street North . 59 units, 124 parking spaces. Is this some kind of sick joke? Let's not ignore that the proposal also has 1,400 square feet of commercial space, which could have anywhere from 5-15 spaces earmarked. I'm of two minds on this... On one hand, who i...
by alexschief
February 13th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1009
Views: 158860

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Proposal for a new building at 310 2nd Street North. 59 units, 124 parking spaces. Is this some kind of sick joke?
by alexschief
February 11th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2253
Views: 215225

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Transit publishes detailed ridership data on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons , and you can clean and organize that data to get more summary level statistics for routes and stops. The latest numbers are from Fall 2017 though, and were posted in March 2018, so hopefully we'll get detailed figur...
by alexschief
February 11th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2253
Views: 215225

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Official ridership numbers are up. They more or less continue the trend of the last couple years. The region's investments in high-capacity, high-frequency, congestion-light service are paying off with consistent, year-over-year ridership gains. However, local bus ridership is falling which is bein...
by alexschief
February 7th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8492

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

Hypothetically, would we be be willing to trade this ramp for the USPS giving up theirs? It’s a silly question anyways. The Fed is gonna get their ramp approved. The only question is whether the city can force/convince them to wrap it with housing/office/etc I don't like this. It's irrelevant wheth...
by alexschief
February 7th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 944
Views: 80541

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Senator Klobuchar will be announcing her run for the Presidency on Saturday at Boom Island. Boom Island gives her the space that she needs and wouldn't get on the Stone Arch Bridge, but still gives her a similarly impressive skyline backdrop . It's interesting to me the urban locations where some of...
by alexschief
February 7th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Cedar/Minnehaha/Franklin Intersection
Replies: 16
Views: 1648

Re: Cedar/Minnehaha/Franklin Intersection

This project has been in the works for a while. It is the same site as the temporary shelter. Throughout that process, the plan has not changed (in fact, it's probably gotten more momentum) to develop the land as affordable housing in the summer.
by alexschief
February 6th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 420 E Hennepin Ave
Replies: 94
Views: 11880

Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Nick wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Condos are exempt from the interim inclusionary requirement.
Word.

Then they're just going higher because they can, which is also a good trend.
by alexschief
February 5th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 420 E Hennepin Ave
Replies: 94
Views: 11880

Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Looks like this would be an IZ project? Current zoning on this lot is C2. If so, that might explain the increase of two floors from the original proposal, from eleven to thirteen. This would be the second proposal to respond to the new IZ rules by going higher instead of cancelling the project. That...
by alexschief
February 1st, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 524
Views: 45465

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

Metro Transit is working on improving the 63 similar to the recent improvements on the 2, basically meaning frequency, stop spacing, and TSP. Don't get me wrong, I think aBRT is great, but the station investments are overkill for most routes, and lower ridership routes probably don't need the dupli...
by alexschief
February 1st, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Midtown Corridor Rail & Lake Street aBRT (B Line)
Replies: 524
Views: 45465

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

The current #21 stops east of Snelling generate approximately 2,750 rides, or just a hair under 20% of the route's weekday ridership.
by alexschief
February 1st, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 25574

Re: Interstate 94

Light rail lines down the middle of highways are typically a bad idea. Just think about the added issues that using a highway ROW brings for transit riders: - Stations are further away from homes, businesses, and other destinations - Accessing a station requires walking across a highway bridge and s...

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