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by Tom H.
February 18th, 2013, 8:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173391

Re: Vikings Stadium

This is just me, but I would really love to see some traditional "civic architecture" in this stadium. As someone said (maybe in this forum, maybe in another), wild and crazy art is fine when it's on display in the Walker; when it's a public building that many of us will see every day, it should be ...
by Tom H.
February 18th, 2013, 8:35 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2317
Views: 232186

Re: Transit News and Happenings

I think the proposal is to increase the tax from 0.25% to 0.5%. That, along with the sales-tax broadening scheme of Gov. Dayton, would increase annual incomes for the CTIB to something like ~$250M per annum. I belive this comes with the stipulation that the CTIB would take on 100% of operating subsi...
by Tom H.
February 7th, 2013, 1:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Type II LRVs - Siemens S70
Replies: 153
Views: 23843

Re: Type II LRVs - Siemens S70

I'm pretty sure I saw one of the Type IIs in service this morning, as the front car of a 3-car northbound train downtown (around 8am or so). Either that, or it was an old car repainted with the new METRO livery.
by Tom H.
February 7th, 2013, 10:14 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Gallery Flats - Hopkins
Replies: 53
Views: 7402

Gallery Flats - Hopkins

This redevelopment at 815 S 1st Street (corner of 8th Ave & 1st St S) is one of the first phases of the long-planned 8th Ave S corridor redevelopment , which is meant to connect the future SWLRT station with Mainstreet. Specs 2 4-story buildings; one along 8th Ave, the other along 9th Ave 163 total ...
by Tom H.
February 6th, 2013, 9:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Valley regional rail (Shakopee, Mankato, beyond)
Replies: 55
Views: 7090

Re: Shakopee Rail?

Long term, I'd love to see a line like this continued on to Worthington and Sioux City and/or Sioux Falls (my hometown). The state of South Dakota has no passenger rail service (except for a tourist train near Mt. Rushmore).
by Tom H.
January 9th, 2013, 10:41 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Sioux Falls - East Bank redevelopment
Replies: 12
Views: 2446

Sioux Falls - East Bank redevelopment

(I know that Sioux Falls isn't technically outstate Minnesota, but it's not far from the MN border, and shares a lot of cultural similarities with MN, kind of like Fargo. I couldn't find any comparable forums to this for SF development.) I grew up in Sioux Falls, and I saw that they are moving forwa...
by Tom H.
December 20th, 2012, 12:28 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka Cities - General Topics
Replies: 71
Views: 7902

Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel

Sorry for sparking off a firestorm here. My reply was a bit off the cuff, and I agree with all of the criticisms of it offered above. I don't live in the neighborhood, but I do frequent the area and play softball at the Commons occasionally. The article linked above seems to indicate that the concer...
by Tom H.
December 20th, 2012, 10:21 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka Cities - General Topics
Replies: 71
Views: 7902

Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel

And I think there is going to be a big gathering for people to oppose this project.....according to an snippet I saw in the Strib or Biz Journal..... Which is just stupid. Presently, this lot is completely vacant (except for, I believe, weeds and a picnic table). Prime location, fits the context of...
by Tom H.
December 20th, 2012, 10:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 551
Views: 87291

Re: University of Minnesota

min-chi-cbus wrote:
David Greene wrote:
mattaudio wrote:Gosh now I feel old for graduating in 2008.
Heh. Try 1996 :)
Try that's when my mom was born! :x
Is this a typo? This is seriously blowing my mind. If you really mean this statement literally, you cannot possibly be more than like 4 years old.

Am I missing something here?
by Tom H.
December 18th, 2012, 11:27 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2317
Views: 232186

Re: Transit News and Happenings

I first saw the new LCD messages last Thursday (on my way to the Hobbit midnight showing).
by Tom H.
December 11th, 2012, 3:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173391

Re: Vikings Stadium

Hmm. That link is broken now... but a Google search shows the same headline, although it is broken too. Did the Strib take this item down? Was this news not ready to be announced?
by Tom H.
December 5th, 2012, 9:48 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mitchell Crossing - Eden Prairie
Replies: 11
Views: 3665

Mitchell Crossing - Eden Prairie

192-unit apartment building complex proposed near Mitchell Rd & Hwy 212. It appears from the highway that this is under construction. I was able to find a short article about it, and a moderately informational EP council meeting agenda that I found indicates that the apartments were able to get vari...
by Tom H.
December 3rd, 2012, 4:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173391

Re: Vikings Stadium

fotoapparatic wrote:I think HCMC is Brutiful.
You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but in my mind, calling Brutalism "beautiful" or lauding it because of its historic significance is just another false equivalence. Barren, hulking, and hostile should never be words used to describe civic structures.
by Tom H.
November 30th, 2012, 12:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)
Replies: 155
Views: 14313

Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB)

This is general thread for the CTIB. I believe we had one on the old site, but I couldn't find one here. Anyway... Recently, news broke that Governor Dayton and the DFL legislature will consider an increased sales tax, to fund transit. The quoted amount is 0.5%. Does anyone know if this would be add...
by Tom H.
November 27th, 2012, 9:30 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics
Replies: 104
Views: 15971

Re: Planet Fitness to fill vacant Roseville Circuit City

The fact that Rosedale is so financially successful makes it all the more puzzling to me that they couldn't fill that huge Borders space with something better than a furniture store. The lack of a bookstore really makes it a much less attractive mall to visit, in my opinion.
by Tom H.
October 24th, 2012, 9:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2317
Views: 232186

Re: Transit News and Happenings

Sounds like none of you have had to deal with wheelchair loading on a coach-style express bus. I ride on SW Transit often, and to get a wheelchair on, the bus driver has to: 1) Get out of his seat, walk to the middle of the bus, and collapse the seats near the wheelchair door. 2) Get out of the bus ...
by Tom H.
October 18th, 2012, 10:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 287978

Re: Green Line (Central)

Floating slab is being installed in the U of M transitway this week. (Tcmetro mentioned that this was in place last week, but I think he just meant the 'trenches' into which the floating slab is being seated.) The slabs themselves are ~20' long by ~4' wide by ~6" thick, with solid rubber pads spaced...
by Tom H.
October 4th, 2012, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Elysian - (711 4th Street Southeast)
Replies: 26
Views: 11808

Re: The Elysian - (711 4th Street Southeast)

This MN Daily article says that the lower level will be a church -- the same congregation that used to meet at the old church on this site.
by Tom H.
September 27th, 2012, 8:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Station on Washington - (630 Washington Avenue SE)
Replies: 85
Views: 19375

Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Walked past the site this morning, and the old Mercil's building was being torn down. I assume the old Noodles building and the house on the south end of the site will follow suit soon.
by Tom H.
September 27th, 2012, 7:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 287978

Re: Green Line (Central)

The concrete roadway has been poured on the Washington Transit Mall as far west as Church Street. The only remaining unpaved portion is from Church St to the Washington bridge. The East Bank station is close to being structurally complete, and the station signs went in earlier this week. Rail has ye...

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