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by billhelm
March 22nd, 2017, 9:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1199
Views: 177384

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

State law would require that it have a separate entrance accessible to the street (or skyway perhaps...I'd have to read the exact wording of the statute). It can also be accessible from inside Target, but must be fully enclosed & have doors that close it off from the store, etc (see Uptown Kowalski...
by billhelm
March 10th, 2017, 3:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 100
Views: 11988

Re: U.S. Highway 169

Now Edina is moving to full scale blocking in the Parkwood Knolls neighborhood. That will stop everybody, including the GPS routing flow... and just route them elsewhere.

http://www.startribune.com/edina-votes- ... 415894424/
by billhelm
March 1st, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Unsafe Pedestrian Crossings with Mitigation Strategies (RRFB's, HAWK's, etc.)
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: Unsafe Pedestrian Crossings with Mitigation Strategies (RRFB's, HAWK's, etc.)

Anecdotally, 47th and Chicago seems to be more compliant with the RRFB then it ever was with the old blinkies (I cross it 3-4 days a week). I'd be curious to see actual data. I'm a big dude and I'm prone to waving like an idiot so they see me, so maybe there's some bias in my experience.
by billhelm
March 1st, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 765
Views: 96745

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I hope they don't have price floors. it guarantees tons of empty seats, lack of interest and the club ends up giving away lots of tickets to get people there. we had free wolves ticket offers at work every couple of weeks all season. This may not be a problem for the United due to heavier demand in ...
by billhelm
February 26th, 2017, 6:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 100
Views: 11988

Re: U.S. Highway 169

http://www.startribune.com/the-drive-ed ... 414823784/

Edina taking additional steps to block traffic through their neighborhoods


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by billhelm
February 23rd, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Sunday Liquor Sales and other Beer/Liquor Legislation
Replies: 231
Views: 22655

Re: Sunday Liquor Sales and other Beer/Liquor Legislation

I appreciate that Torres Ray changed her position, but I find her "small business" positioning to be suspect. Her district consists of Minneapolis stores that have cover from zoning which basically gives them geographic monopoly, or Richfield, where the stores are run by the city.
by billhelm
February 21st, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 978
Views: 144520

Re: Southside - General Topics

The problem is equipment - the Parkway never converted to digital and it's not cheap.
by billhelm
February 16th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fiber Internet and TV Services, Cord Cutting
Replies: 642
Views: 29806

Re: Fiber Internet and TV Services, Cord Cutting

It's an interesting question - the pricing is a lot closer than it was a year ago, at least on the lower tiers. Comcast price still goes up $20+ after a year and requires a contract, but if they're already customers it's tempting to just stay for another year.
by billhelm
February 15th, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 398
Views: 64660

Re: Gold Line (Gateway Corridor BRT)

http://www.startribune.com/gold-line-bu ... 413783993/

Washington County earmarked $2.5MM while complaining about it.
by billhelm
February 13th, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2371
Views: 259327

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Metro Transit sent some people to Houston to observe Super Bowl transit operations. Some early findings in this strib article. http://www.startribune.com/metro-transi ... 413627623/
by billhelm
February 13th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: U.S. Highway 169
Replies: 100
Views: 11988

Re: U.S. Highway 169

http://www.startribune.com/the-drive-tr ... 413538843/

Residents seem happy with the traffic calming.
by billhelm
February 9th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Star Tribune
Replies: 233
Views: 23125

Re: Star Tribune

Like a lot of traditional media businesses, they're going to have a demographic problem (they probably already do - guessing most of their subs - print or digital - are 40+ at this point) for which the print business will not be sustainable eventually. I don't blame them for not giving away the farm...
by billhelm
February 9th, 2017, 9:41 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Star Tribune
Replies: 233
Views: 23125

Re: Star Tribune

I'm a paying digital subscriber. FWIW: Me too and I basically agree with your analysis, except I think it's perfectly fine that national/world news is mostly copy from other agencies. The Strib made a decision several years ago to put more into local coverage and they have produced many excellent s...
by billhelm
February 8th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Star Tribune
Replies: 233
Views: 23125

Re: Star Tribune

I'm a paying digital subscriber. FWIW: Pros: -e-edition is worthwhile for a scroll through the day's stories - (even if linking to it is difficult and generates a weird alternate link) -no annoying paywall reminders (yeah, easily avoided but it's a pain and I was doing it often) -Supports local jour...
by billhelm
February 3rd, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 979
Views: 136182

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

28th Ave and 34th Ave are just jokes of collector streets with all these damn 4-way stops. I can't think of a similar street elsewhere in the city that carries >6,000 AADT and stop signs every 1-2 blocks. Can you imagine Bloomington Ave or Chicago Ave having 4-way stops every 2 blocks? Not a chance...
by billhelm
January 26th, 2017, 8:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 517
Views: 67186

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

https://i.imgur.com/pwgh8t1.jpg Here's a fun one - I pass this occasionally and always chuckle. It's on the back side of the Ameriprise building behind the elevators going over to Capella/Strib building (which is called US Bank Place on this sign, a name the building had only very briefly at the en...
by billhelm
January 19th, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Breweries and Taprooms
Replies: 58
Views: 1968

Re: Breweries and Taprooms

I wonder if other cities with big craft brew scenes have it play out the same way we do, lots of taprooms that only server their own beer with food provided by an assortment of food trucks. it depends on the laws. a lot of states let what we call "brewpubs" go to distribution and don't have as rest...
by billhelm
January 18th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 978
Views: 144520

Re: Southside - General Topics

Venn had a lease fall through in Northeast (same building as Tattersall) and they've generally seemed to have a rough go getting off the ground.
by billhelm
January 5th, 2017, 7:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Once and Future Dayton's
Replies: 297
Views: 49316

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Macy's Building

by billhelm
January 4th, 2017, 4:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Once and Future Dayton's
Replies: 297
Views: 49316

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Macy's Building

That's one of the busiest stretches of skyway in the whole system. It's not going anywhere.

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