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by alexschief
June 24th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2164
Views: 197527

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Some thoughts: 1. In 2017, the APTA's Ridership Reports recorded about 72.2k weekday ridership on the light rail system. Add up the Blue and Green Line numbers in this thread and you get 78.3k weekday rides. Seems to be two different metrics of reporting going on here, perhaps the APTA number for th...
by alexschief
June 22nd, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 2644 Nicollet Avenue - Good Grocer + Apts
Replies: 16
Views: 530

Re: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park

Surprised they didn't stick with the 'haunted self storage' aesthetic. Thought that was a real winner.
by alexschief
June 21st, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: OX-OP Gallery and Residences.
Replies: 44
Views: 5439

Re: OX-OP Gallery and Residences.

Big ol' L. O. L. at that site plan. Guess they had big dreams that ran into some serious site control issues on that block.

Not a super futureproof building footprint.
by alexschief
June 21st, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 734
Views: 52943

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Knockdown dragout BBQ battle developing on Lowry. Travail Kitchen and Amusements are opening the Minnesota BBQ Co. at 816 Lowry Ave by August.
by alexschief
June 21st, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 923
Views: 77050

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Snow Kreilich is getting honored with the 2018 AIA Firm Award this week. This is pretty prestigious, there's only one winner each year, they've given out 55 awards and SOM has won it twice, so pretty elite company.
by alexschief
June 20th, 2018, 7:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 144
Views: 29280

Re: Stadium Village

I was going to make the same point that other people made do we believe the U of M foundation has the will power and ambition to build something great here, we know they have the resources. But honestly a little green space at the corner of Washington and Huron wouldn't be the worst thing so long a...
by alexschief
June 19th, 2018, 7:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 144
Views: 29280

Re: Stadium Village

"Arrival gateway"

What this site needs is a residential building of similar height to the WaHu apartments. When I hear "arrival gateway," I fear someone at the U has the idea of putting some rinkydink plaza at that location, which would really degrade the urban feel of that street.
by alexschief
June 16th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 840
Views: 74653

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

I probably should have used the Atlanta streetcar as a better example. None of which is to say that a streetcar project with a mandate to serve as public transport (ie high frequencies) couldn't work out very well. The 'it-won't-work-if-a-car-blocks-the-tracks' argument has always struck me as sill...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 840
Views: 74653

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Folks, if you think Tucson's ridership is bad, just know that there are three modern streetcars in the US with even worse ridership. Cincy, Atlanta, and Dallas all have streetcars which have weekday ridership below 1,000. A few other streetcars operate without fares, which gives them an advantage ov...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 27501

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I said, with the C and D lines going NW/SE in downtown, there's a case for transit priority lanes on 7th and 8th. That also means there's no reason you couldn't extend the C-Line, and if you do, Cedar makes the most sense given the geometry of the route, land use in South Mpls, and the other planned...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 11:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 241
Views: 27501

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Agreed, with the possible exception of Midtown Corridor. But with dedicated ROW and likely built to accommodate larger LRVs, Midtown Corridor would functionally be more LRT than streetcar. So the point stands! I cannot understand why people keep referring to the Midtown rail proposal as a streetcar...
by alexschief
June 15th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 840
Views: 74653

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

Streetcars *can* run as fast as a bus, but they can't drive around something that's blocking their way. That's one reason why rail that doesn't have it's own dedicated right of way is significantly less reliable than a bus. They're also substantially more expensive. Spending nine figures on a street...
by alexschief
June 14th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 90
Views: 8820

Re: Tunnels!

It's hard not to just roll your eyes at this. Boring a 17 mile tunnel for $1B has the feel of fantasy. Allowing a completely untested company to drill underneath your downtown and significant infrastructure is reckless. The Boring Company may yet develop some innovations that make tunneling faster a...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul
Replies: 210
Views: 34885

Re: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul

It doesn't save this building from being a five alarm tire fire, but there's a really nice and colorful hockey mural on the 6th and Cedar corner.
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 578
Views: 58153

Re: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue

Wrapping this thread up a bit with some photos of the finished product. Both Sonder Shaker and Nye's were being patronized at midday on a Monday. Looking west, the residential portion of this project feels a bit big and overwhelming, but looking east, the variability of the buildings, through the ma...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Legacy Condominiums - 121 12th Ave S (187' - 17 Stories)
Replies: 205
Views: 29923

Re: Legacy Condominiums - 121 12th Ave S (187' - 17 Stories)

Views of this project from Gold Medal Park (with the sky intentionally blown out so you can see the buildings better) and from 2nd Street. As many others have remarked, this is a huge, dark building. You absolutely feel that up close. But I think when you're further away, it actually makes less of a...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lyndy - (2905 Harriet Ave S)
Replies: 42
Views: 6601

Re: Lyndy - (2905 Harriet Ave S)

Nobody posted completed photos of this one, so here's a quick coda on this project from the greenway. They're regrading the slope, and have cut a little dirt path for their residents to get down.
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 39203

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

View from the train. There seems to be more going on at the street level than is obvious from the webcam, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it feels when complete. Because the south side of this corridor is already so urban and because the building has a hip that matches the line of its neighbor...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago
Replies: 152
Views: 23709

Re: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago

The scale of this building is remarkable, and it makes Washington feel small, which is incredibly welcome. Chicago Avenue feels even tighter now that's it's pinned between the Ironclad and East End buildings (admittedly the construction barriers also do make the street physically smaller). The way t...
by alexschief
June 13th, 2018, 8:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S
Replies: 390
Views: 66209

Re: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S

Three views of this project. There were workers assembling Trader Joes' signature wooden shelves when I went past on Thursday, and the Jimmy Johns had just opened.

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