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by billhelm
January 3rd, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 807
Views: 96143

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Some preliminary work staging information is up, looks like there will be some pretty significant detours (for both cars and various bus routes) over the next four years. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wminneapolis/ Wow, going to be some staggering, long lasting impacts from this proj...
by billhelm
December 20th, 2016, 1:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Population Growth - Onward to 500k!
Replies: 260
Views: 47667

Re: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)

MPD has been talking about changing Washburn'a boundaries to reduce overcrowding. But the pushback has been fierce Multiple families near me have moved literally blocks so they could be in the Hale/Field/Washburn zone rather than the Northrop/Roosevelt zone. We learned with Southwest that the answe...
by billhelm
December 12th, 2016, 11:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 978
Views: 144521

Re: Southside - General Topics

I too agree that there should be a coffee shop at 34th and 46th. I think it's close enough to the Blue Line stop that it could get some of that morning walkshed traffic, but it's more "neighborhoody" than the Oaks Station Place. And I have no idea how that Oaks Station Place storefront will fill wi...
by billhelm
December 9th, 2016, 8:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 978
Views: 144521

Re: Southside - General Topics

Adrian's Tavern (at 48th & Chicago) is closing. A new bar will open in it's stead. http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/beloved-minneapolis-bar-adrians-tavern-will-close-and-reopen-under-new-ownership/405478595 There have been rumors going around that Town Hall is involved... no idea if that means ...
by billhelm
November 18th, 2016, 3:19 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis City Council and Park Board Elections 2017
Replies: 279
Views: 24034

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral / City Council Elections 2017

Another Ward 11 person here and the analysis is spot on. I helped Matt campaign a bit in my hood and I found that there was appetite for a different candidate. I think it's going to be tough to beat a non-controversial incumbent though.


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by billhelm
November 18th, 2016, 3:12 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Car Sharing / Rental (Car2Go, HourCar, etc.)
Replies: 232
Views: 26743

Re: Car Sharing / Rental (Car2Go, HourCar, etc.)

Huge bummer. I used at least a couple times a month for short gap fillers between transit and home. Looks like I'll be doing more Lyft and Uber.


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by billhelm
September 21st, 2016, 7:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2371
Views: 259330

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

I sometimes ride one of the WB 46 buses headed for Washburn during the school window in the morning. It's heavily used by the high school students.
by billhelm
September 20th, 2016, 2:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 978
Views: 144521

Re: Southside - General Topics

A lot to offer there - nice overview. We live closer to 48th/Chicago node but spend a fair amount of time at 34th and 50th as well.
by billhelm
September 12th, 2016, 12:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 978
Views: 144521

Re: Southside - General Topics

I've had some of the Korean BBQ food. The owner was at a neighborhood event serving it. Good stuff, glad to see it coming into the neighborhood.
by billhelm
August 11th, 2016, 2:48 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Home Buying
Replies: 110
Views: 5102

Re: Home Buying

The average monthly billing is a no-brainer. It's a completely free service that makes your monthly billing much more predictable, unless you're worried about losing that 0.5% interest on the $80 balance that they're holding for you. I've gone with and without HSP. I'd say if you have newer boiler/...
by billhelm
July 18th, 2016, 8:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 83299

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

There's really nothing unique over countless other bars that have paid any attention to nurturing craft beer. No thrill to pour your own for many - in their setup you have to pour a full pint. (where i've seen this model be more successful in other markets is when you can pour any amount you want an...
by billhelm
July 15th, 2016, 11:43 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Food Trucks
Replies: 36
Views: 3648

Re: Food Trucks

for someone famous like Zimmern, there are of course higher ROI opportunities than a food truck and he's found some of them. The headline that they "don't work" is pretty terrible.
by billhelm
June 28th, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Solhem Project - 721 1st St N
Replies: 47
Views: 8877

Re: Solhem Project - 721 1st St N

I don't get it... there's literally a large parking ramp that sits empty at night 2 blocks away from this lot. It may need some open-hour adjustments but I'm sure the owner would work with Acme if it means more parking revenue. People park and walk much further distances to see shows downtown.
by billhelm
June 21st, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 96611

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Looks like somebody forgot to water the sod, it's already getting brown in a number of areas.
by billhelm
June 8th, 2016, 10:18 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc.
Replies: 229
Views: 37969

Re: Google Maps

use mostly Waze for commute drive for traffic conditions, etc. and google maps to look things up. Apple maps has improved, but I still find the location database to be lacking/lagging google maps.
by billhelm
May 25th, 2016, 4:15 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106301

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Ate at a crowded Cheesecake Factory on a Wednesday night a few weeks ago (my daughter's request) then wandered into the mall... there were maybe 2 tables occupied at Z Italiano. Not too surprised that they've closed.
by billhelm
May 23rd, 2016, 11:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1263
Views: 172847

Re: MSP Airport

The $7.50 fee to start or end at airport pretty much kills it for me. Cheaper to take lyft/uber there and a cab home (or hop on the light rail)
by billhelm
May 20th, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 563
Views: 130564

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

http://www.twincities.com/2016/05/16/st ... al-estate/

looks like 1659 Grand Ave was torn down and there's a new development in the works. That building was rough in the 90s, I can't imagine what it was like now.
by billhelm
May 16th, 2016, 12:52 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Sunday Liquor Sales and other Beer/Liquor Legislation
Replies: 231
Views: 22656

Re: Sunday Liquor Sales and other Beer/Liquor Legislation

We're way behind a lot of states on a number of other fronts besides this - on/off sale combined (bottle shops with a bar, any bar can sell to go), growler fills at any liquor store of any beer, brewpubs that are allowed to distribute, arbitrary limitations on growler fills at taprooms and brewery t...
by billhelm
May 9th, 2016, 8:49 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 96611

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

they've already laid the curb for portland

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