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by Andrew_F
August 11th, 2014, 2:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 75494

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

I would say there are a few things that Metro Transit could learn from agencies that have been operating rail for a lot longer: --Have two different shuttle routes, one running directly between the endpoints of the closure, and another that makes intermediate stops. --Have appropriate capacity. The ...
by Andrew_F
August 10th, 2014, 8:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)
Replies: 586
Views: 75494

Re: Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT)

This weekend was the first shutdown that I've had to experience here-- can anyone shed any light on whether this is how Metro Transit has been dealing with rail closures in the past? No matter how you do it, shuttle buses are inconvenient, but having dealt with closures in other cities before, I hav...
by Andrew_F
August 6th, 2014, 10:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 4Marq - 400 Marquette Ave (313' - 30 Stories)
Replies: 835
Views: 153692

Re: 4Marq - (313' - 30 Stories)

seanrichardryan wrote:Yes, but did Greg Brick ever actually get to the cave or just plagiarize it? :D
When two ego maniacs meet head-on...
by Andrew_F
August 5th, 2014, 6:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 4Marq - 400 Marquette Ave (313' - 30 Stories)
Replies: 835
Views: 153692

Re: 4Marq - (313' - 30 Stories)

The huge cassions they are putting in here seem crazy for a 30-story building. I wonder if the site has weird soil conditions?
by Andrew_F
August 5th, 2014, 6:46 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Sports: Pro & Con
Replies: 200
Views: 7478

Re: Farmers Market Soccer Stadium

how many Big Ten, or even FBS, schools have a NFL stadium within a couple miles of their campus? Northwestern (they sometimes play at Soldier Field for big games) I hate to participate in this conversation, but Northwestern is a full 15 miles from Soldier Field, without a direct freeway connection....
by Andrew_F
July 31st, 2014, 10:34 pm
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 152
Views: 15094

Re: Chicago

I live in Bridgeport (well, most of the time),and yes, both Orange and the Dan Ryan Branch have horrid station placement, but that's kind of been the reality of ROW acquisition since the mid-20th ccentury-- since the only available ROW is along freeways and rail corridors, it's rare to be able to pu...
by Andrew_F
July 21st, 2014, 1:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories
Replies: 896
Views: 138432

Re: Alatus St. Anthony Tower (Washburn-McReavy Site)

They went before HPC as an information item a couple weeks ago. The reception was mixed.
by Andrew_F
July 16th, 2014, 6:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP to Rochester High Speed Rail
Replies: 461
Views: 56570

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

A note on http://goziprail.org/stay_informed/ from 1/29/2014 states: "A second round of public meetings are planned for Spring 2014." Has anyone heard anything on this? Meeting dates are now up on the Zip Rail site for the end of the month in Rochester, Inver Grove Heights, and Kenyon. The scoping ...
by Andrew_F
July 14th, 2014, 10:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mill City Quarter - 300 South 2nd Street
Replies: 201
Views: 43597

Re: Mill City Quarter - (300 South 2nd Street)

I like the design, but would it kill them to add a splash of color? This area is already on tan overload. For better or worse, that's kind of what's proscribed by the design guidelines for the historic district. Not tan in particular, but I think "a splash of color" would be a tough sell to the HPC.
by Andrew_F
July 12th, 2014, 11:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nic on Fifth - (290' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 1033
Views: 182952

Re: Nic on Fifth - (290' - 26 Stories)

We'll see how it feels once they pull the scaffolds away and open the sidewalk, but looking at it lately, I'm hopeful that I'll be pleasantly surprised by how the tower meets the corner on the Nicollet side...
by Andrew_F
July 2nd, 2014, 10:52 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 124525

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

Fencing and barriers are going up today and cranes are onsite, so it looks like full steam ahead for the ramp contract at least.
by Andrew_F
June 28th, 2014, 12:15 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1238
Views: 159303

Re: MSP Airport

Saw the Antonov fly over on what I believe is the approach to 12L. What a plane!
by Andrew_F
June 16th, 2014, 6:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 6169

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

I was out of town this weekend, so I went to Saint Paul and back after work today. My eastbound run took 54 minutes (12 slower than scheduled) from Government Plaza to Union Depot. My westbound run, on the other hand, only took 35 minutes (4 faster than scheduled!) from 10th St to Nicollet.
by Andrew_F
June 16th, 2014, 4:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line LRT
Replies: 1281
Views: 6169

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

Yep, the one I'm on is displaying it properly as well. Unfortunately I think we may have sat through multiple light cycles at 280 (over 4 minutes stopped)?
by Andrew_F
June 13th, 2014, 7:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 287948

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

I was on a car that was ticket-checked a few weeks ago. I think I've been checked a total of 3-4 times over the years, but I don't think they've ever actually had me tap my go to card, just moved on when I pulled it out.
by Andrew_F
June 11th, 2014, 11:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 4Marq - 400 Marquette Ave (313' - 30 Stories)
Replies: 835
Views: 153692

Re: 4Marq - (313' - 30 Stories)

They're out tearing up pavement on 4th. Big shipment of steel on-site, presumably to retain the streets while they demo the ramp. A couple smaller cats onsite, I'd expect a pile rig soon.
by Andrew_F
June 4th, 2014, 6:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mill City Quarter - 300 South 2nd Street
Replies: 201
Views: 43597

Re: Mill City Quarter - (300 South 2nd Street)

Looks like they're using real brick (not just veneer) for this. It also sounds like the first two floors may be cast concrete rather than stick.

Sounds promising, hopefully this is well executed.

Edit: I should specify that I was talking about phase 2. Phase 1 is pretty much standard issue.
by Andrew_F
May 29th, 2014, 10:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363531

Re: Downtown East Project (Ryan Companies / Wells Fargo)

I think the cranes for the parking ramp/air rights and for the apartments on the west end of the yard won't go up until after at least a couple of the Vikings cranes come down. As cool as 11+ tower cranes on the same development would be, there's a lot of demolition work to be done on those two bloc...
by Andrew_F
May 29th, 2014, 4:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363531

Re: Downtown East Project (Ryan Companies / Wells Fargo)

Tom H. wrote:It looked like the base of a tower crane was going up on the west block this morning.
They actually set two tower crane bases on the west block.
by Andrew_F
May 27th, 2014, 8:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 157480

Re: Downtown Office Market

Interesting. I wonder what large spaces are available in the immediate area? My rough math leaves them looking for about 150,000 sqft if they keep the Public Service Center, and about 260,000 sqft if they move everything. The language in the RFP sure makes it look like what they really want is new c...

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