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by Tom H.
October 14th, 2014, 9:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 122846

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

I dont think there is any way the stadium could have been good urbanism in your definition... It's not impossible, in principle, for a stadium to have good street-level urbanism. We just choose to prioritize other things instead. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/Grand_Stand_Entran...
by Tom H.
October 14th, 2014, 9:03 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)
Replies: 272
Views: 49789

Re: Saints Lowertown Ballpark

I think some people are saying the Twins play poorly (relative to their high-talent league), while others are saying the Saints play well (relative to their low-talent league). I can see the merits of both - nobody really wants to go see their home team lose 60% of their games. I grew up watching th...
by Tom H.
October 14th, 2014, 8:51 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3967

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

I noticed an eastbound train stopped at Stadium Village for a good 5 minutes - just dwelling, not sure of the reason. I walked down Washington and saw another eastbound train similarly dwelling at East Bank. Eventually they started moving again, but the delay was quite long.
by Tom H.
October 13th, 2014, 12:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 945
Views: 109418

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Good to see a list of much-needed maintenance projects, rather than speculative expansion projects. The largest Corridors of Commerce project, by far, is a $45 million four lane expansion of MN 371 from rural Nisswa to rural Jenkins. Oh - I should have followed the link. I assumed the projects list...
by Tom H.
October 13th, 2014, 6:16 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 945
Views: 109418

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Good to see a list of much-needed maintenance projects, rather than speculative expansion projects.
by Tom H.
October 9th, 2014, 1:33 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 390
Views: 55318

Re: Gold Line (Gateway Corridor BRT)

Doesn't Washington County have a guaranteed 3% annual grant (i.e., they receive 3% of CTIB net revenues each year)? I'm pretty sure they've just been deferring it for a while. The most recent number I could find in the meeting materials is ~$12M (as of 2012) earmarked specifically for Washington Cou...
by Tom H.
October 9th, 2014, 11:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 122846

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

Tom H. wrote:I don't know why, but I always kind of liked that building. I think it was its complete ordinariness that stood out - that once upon a time, even the meanest of buildings had some TLC put into them.

RIP boring little warehouse building.
Man - sorry for starting a firestorm here.
by Tom H.
October 9th, 2014, 8:44 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Highland Bank Redevelopment - Minnetonka
Replies: 34
Views: 5340

Re: Highland Bank Redevelopment - Minnetonka

There is a new 6-story apartment building called The Ridge about half a mile from this location (across 394). So this is not exactly "unprecedented."
by Tom H.
October 9th, 2014, 8:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 3967

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

Green line has been running with some two-car trains this morning - anyone know if this is a capacity test (to see if two-car trains could suffice), or a technical issue? My train was rather crowded this morning with only two cars.
by Tom H.
October 7th, 2014, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 122846

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

I don't know why, but I always kind of liked that building. I think it was its complete ordinariness that stood out - that once upon a time, even the meanest of buildings had some TLC put into them.

RIP boring little warehouse building.
by Tom H.
October 6th, 2014, 10:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 945
Views: 109418

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

BORING
by Tom H.
September 30th, 2014, 2:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Cedar Avenue - Powderhorn-Nokomis area
Replies: 162
Views: 18791

Re: Cedar Ave - Nokomis Area

I call them "West South" and "East South" Minneapolis to avoid confusion.
by Tom H.
September 29th, 2014, 7:42 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1027
Views: 112724

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Good article in the Strib today, about the glut of big-box vacancies in the suburbs and how they are being dealt with. My favorite quote: “We thought we’d solved the problem forever,” said Cottage Grove City Administrator Ryan Schroeder, describing the ebullient mood when the national hardware chain...
by Tom H.
September 25th, 2014, 11:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 144
Views: 34980

Re: Stadium Village

ProspectPete wrote:Looks like Jamba Juice closed next to the big 10
And village wok.
Are you saying "the Jamba Juice next to... Village Wok" has closed, or that "Village Wok has closed"?

I will be taking a walk over there this afternoon just for my own peace-of-mind.
by Tom H.
September 25th, 2014, 11:11 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Cedar Avenue - Powderhorn-Nokomis area
Replies: 162
Views: 18791

Re: Cedar Ave - Nokomis Area

Cap the lake and sell air rights.
by Tom H.
September 25th, 2014, 8:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 55447

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

The support structure on the west side of the stadium appears to be in place for the first steel cross-beams to go in (connecting the "prow" to the cantilevered portion behind it). Not sure when that will be installed, but the animations show it going up in two pieces.
by Tom H.
September 23rd, 2014, 10:17 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Downtown-to-Downtown Rail Capacity Study
Replies: 87
Views: 12274

Re: Downtown-to-Downtown Rail Capacity Study

I'm trying to imagine some sort of financing scheme for this expansion, using mulad's $30-100M estimate. It would be great if some sort of agency (like CTIB) could float a bond (or issue a grant) to pay for the expansion and use its revenue stream to guarantee repayment. By my count there are someth...
by Tom H.
September 22nd, 2014, 9:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Giordano's Pizza / Bank of America - 2700 Hennepin Ave S
Replies: 173
Views: 31686

Re: Giordano's - (2700 Hennepin Avenue South)

I have family ties to the Lou Malnati's pizza restaurant in Chicago, but even so, I have to admit that Giordano's is pretty delicious.
by Tom H.
September 10th, 2014, 2:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 55447

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

Also interesting that the old renders showed the closing of that short road that the 16 and 50 used to use (and the 3 still does) to get on 4th - McGrew Pl? I imagine that the 4th St contraflow lane and that short road are probably going to have to be re-thought in the near future as this area redev...
by Tom H.
September 9th, 2014, 4:36 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)
Replies: 272
Views: 49789

Re: Saints Lowertown Ballpark

Yep, I agree. I grew up cheering for the Sioux Falls Canaries (in the same league as the Saints) and they have a pretty good local following. I think being affiliated would cause them to lose a lot of that following, for the reasons stated above. On the other hand, if enough of the fanbase is also T...

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