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by alexschief
June 21st, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1731
Views: 282748

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Most of the recent residential growth in downtown St. Paul has been driven by Class B/C conversions. As far as I know, that hasn't happened at all in downtown Minneapolis in the past decade. How much vacant, older, narrow floorplate office is out there? Has there been any recent inventory?
by alexschief
June 20th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 998
Views: 112364

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Far more likely that plans will be mothballed at 90% engineering and the Met Council will wait around until BNSF changes their mind, or the national political situation changes in a way that gives urban transit more leverage. Just insane that the region's transit efforts were tied up for a decade on...
by alexschief
June 14th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 33
Views: 6033

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - ~200'(?)

I wish there was more setback along Nicollet, it looks like it will be boxing in Cancer Survivors "Park", when it really should be opening up to it and a future path to the river. Hard disagree on this. Cancer Survivors Park and the surrounding gateway area suffers as an urban place because it is t...
by alexschief
June 14th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 33
Views: 6033

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - ~200'(?)

This submission is really catnip for the CoW, because this proposal has a lot of areas where a little bit of improvement would go a long way. The massing of the building is off, there needs to be a better delineation between the Nicollet "tower" portion and the Marquette/3rd "slab" portion. It's pro...
by alexschief
June 12th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2312
Views: 231459

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I expect that ridership is down, especially on local buses, which would only follow trends. But a 7% drop is extreme, and the drops on light rail and the A Line are a huge break from recent trends. To me, that suggests the primary cause of this ridership fall was the remarkably cold and snowy winter...
by alexschief
June 12th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N
Replies: 100
Views: 17068

Re: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N

Define "immediate area." The 1,473 spaces in the C Ramp are less than a quarter mile away from the Foundry building. We assume that people will walk a half mile to transit all the time, maybe we should think about what it would mean if we occasionally asked drivers to walk a quarter mile from their ...
by alexschief
June 10th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N
Replies: 100
Views: 17068

Re: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N

From my own experience, parking in this neighborhood between 9:30am and 3pm during the week means circling the block/s for 30 minutes waiting for a spot to open or parking between T3 and the Twins stadium. There is a high demand that will only increase once "TMBR" construction starts. I mean, as yo...
by alexschief
June 8th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N
Replies: 100
Views: 17068

Re: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N

luigipaladio wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 12:59 am
It would be great if someone would come up with an appropriate way to dress the two exposed ends of the parking ramp.
Tearing it down completely and building buildings at both ends would do the trick.
by alexschief
June 7th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 788
Views: 67060

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Strange and unhelpful article. Not a single point of quantitative data that demonstrates that Northeast is gentrifying. Just a lot of subjective quotes from a couple people about how Northeast is an increasingly popular place to live, of which the same could be said about almost the entire city. I f...
by alexschief
June 4th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 240 Park Ave S - Zygi's Apartments - 18 stories - 188'
Replies: 54
Views: 12743

Re: 240 Park Ave S - Zygi's Apartments - 18 stories - 188'

Dry cleaner and convenience store are good options. A hardware store would also be super useful in that part of town. But they don't have to provide all of these options in one building, especially given the amount of building and new retail that is proposed to the area. Some kind of unique specialt...
by alexschief
June 4th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 256
Views: 45556

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

RAMSA's buildings are carefully designed within an urban context. That urban context is "Central Park West" no matter wherever the building is.
by alexschief
June 3rd, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1556
Views: 147671

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Extending the Greenway across the river (and to the University of Minnesota via the Soo Line/CP spur) would be a quantum leap for bicycling in Minneapolis (and eventually St. Paul). It should be the city's top transportation priority.
by alexschief
June 3rd, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 128
Views: 23439

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

Let's be honest, Doran is using the HPC as cover here. If they wanted to build towers instead of Dallas donuts, they'd do it.

This project, from the site plan to the parking overprovision, to the shlocky architecture, is terrible. Doran is not a good developer.
by alexschief
June 3rd, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 528
Views: 47754

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Electric vehicles are great and we should go full speed ahead on EVs. That being said, because of (1) the emissions involved in their manufacture, and (2) the additional energy capacity needed to support full vehicle electrification, we cannot meet our climate goals by relying on EVs alone. Reducing...
by alexschief
May 30th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis City Planning Commission
Replies: 98
Views: 13854

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission

Assuming that all of the items this coming week are approved (staff recommends approval), here are the numbers for the Mpls Planning Commission through ten of twenty-one scheduled meetings in 2019: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D70gKfaX4AE9Tv_.jpg:large For comparison, through eleven meetings last yea...
by alexschief
May 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2312
Views: 231459

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

One out of three for Metro Transit. Hopefully in the 2020 bonding bill, one-time money can be secured for the D, B, and E lines, and in the 2021 tax bill (possibly with different partisan control of the legislature), the metro-area transit sales tax can be raised to provide funds to pay for the next...
by alexschief
May 26th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Louisiana Station Area
Replies: 18
Views: 2246

Re: Louisiana Station Area

I say this as someone who has an advanced degree in planning, and whose financial interests are better served if there is a lot of planning work: sometimes we plan too much.

It seems very silly to me to assign specific uses to each station.
by alexschief
May 26th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Louisiana Station Area
Replies: 18
Views: 2246

Re: Louisiana Station Area

Is the objective of the climate action plan to destroy the earth? Otherwise, I'm not seeing how the least intense, most driving oriented option gets the highest score on that measure. Let's hope for B or C.
by alexschief
May 25th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 56802

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

There is supposed to be a $500 million bonding bill (that nobody has seen yet, feels like the legislature has traded acrimony for secrecy) where the D Line might be funded. But again, it's crunch time and nobody has seen this bill. Frustrating.

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