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by helsinki
January 22nd, 2016, 6:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 217
Views: 24482

Re: "C Line" Penn Avenue aBRT & Community Works Project

Royalston from SWLRT is the planned connection. Not really a 'connection' though, is it? The map shows no station between Olson/7th and "Ramp A"/7th St. Transit Ctr. [alternatively 7th & Hennepin]. The document mentions transfer to Royalston from Olson/7th - but the planned Royalston LRT platform i...
by helsinki
January 22nd, 2016, 4:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: C Line - Penn Avenue North Rapid Bus
Replies: 217
Views: 24482

Re: "C Line" Penn Avenue aBRT & Community Works Project

Difficult to understand how they managed to get the line within spitting distance of the Interchange/Northstar station, but made no provision for their connection. In fact, aside from the theoretical future Bottineau overlap, there isn't any LRT connection here at all, right? The least they could do...
by helsinki
January 15th, 2016, 7:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95962

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Honestly, I'm not sad to see the water feature go. Expensive to maintain, only seasonally in operation, unsightly when out of operation. There's a lingering cultural belief in water as expressive of luxury, and thereby denoting status (like the US lawn fetish), that is a bit silly. I am sad to see t...
by helsinki
January 11th, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1043
Views: 159403

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

2014 Restaurant of the Year Brasserie Zentral to close a week from today http://www.startribune.com/goodbye-spaetzle-with-rabbit-brasserie-zentral-to-close/364754831/ Ate there once, it was tasty but not something I really needed to go back to. Wasn't that busy either and seemed a little...off. Cou...
by helsinki
January 8th, 2016, 11:27 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Helsinki
Replies: 8
Views: 758

Re: Helsinki

This tunnel will weaken one of the main points in my Minneapolis-Helsinki analogy (relative isolation). Also (half a year later): Helsinki has a great public transit system. It only has one Metro line, but it has an excellent tram and suburban (essentially LRT, or S-Bahn) system, as has already been...
by helsinki
January 5th, 2016, 1:31 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1993
Views: 250727

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

8 trees plopped into a concrete triangle seems a bit sloppy for the plaza between the streetcar tracks, Nicollet, and Washington. Isn't landscape architecture a profession?
by helsinki
December 22nd, 2015, 1:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 392
Views: 57417

Re: Gold Line (Gateway Corridor BRT)

Gotta wonder how developed the farm fields in Brooklyn Park will be by the time we eventually build Bottineau. Hopefully not developed at all. Justifying transit out to the metro edge with TOD language, as Metro Transit is doing, strikes me as bizarre. Transit and sprawl are not friends. They work ...
by helsinki
December 22nd, 2015, 12:34 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 392
Views: 57417

Re: Gold Line (Gateway Corridor BRT)

Gotta wonder how developed the farm fields in Brooklyn Park will be by the time we eventually build Bottineau. Hopefully not developed at all. Justifying transit out to the metro edge with TOD language, as Metro Transit is doing, strikes me as bizarre. Transit and sprawl are not friends. They work ...
by helsinki
December 10th, 2015, 12:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 617
Views: 100584

Re: Superior Plating site

12 foot southbound travel lanes? Seems a bit wide, doesn't it? http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/10/why-12-foot-traffic-lanes-are-disastrous-for-safety-and-must-be-replaced-now/381117/ It doesn't seem a bit wide when you consider the amount of bus and truck traffic on this major artery going into ...
by helsinki
November 3rd, 2015, 4:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: A Line - Arterial Rapid Bus
Replies: 477
Views: 53411

Re: "A Line" Snelling Avenue Arterial Bus

Cool before/after video neatly illustrating the benefits all door boarding (in Los Angeles):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNIblkXB_tc

A similar 69 to 31 second reduction in boarding time on the "A" line would shave 10 minutes; admittedly, it is unlikely that boardings take so long now.
by helsinki
October 30th, 2015, 9:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet
Replies: 539
Views: 81841

Re: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet

Nathan, I agree - this building would have been immeasurably more appealing if it were clad in brick and stone. There is a childish plasticity to the pre-cast that is a bit repellent. At the same time, most passers-by will notice the other people coming and going from this building (and the means by...
by helsinki
October 30th, 2015, 7:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet
Replies: 539
Views: 81841

Re: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet

Well, no. Obviously aesthetics are important. But if we're honest about it, there aren't really any buildings of significant architectural merit on Nicollet Mall. Some might argue for the IDS building, Orchestra Hall, or the Central Library -- all nice buildings. But in general, the Mall is lined w...
by helsinki
October 29th, 2015, 6:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet
Replies: 539
Views: 81841

Re: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet

this [...] just shouldn't be acceptable for Nicollet mall. As long as the facade of City Center continues to inflict itself upon Nicollet Mall, I question whether the street has a legitimate claim to architectural pretensions. Now there's some logic for ya, thanks for that insightful addition. city...
by helsinki
October 26th, 2015, 10:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet
Replies: 539
Views: 81841

Re: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet

Nathan wrote:this [...] just shouldn't be acceptable for Nicollet mall.
As long as the facade of City Center continues to inflict itself upon Nicollet Mall, I question whether the street has a legitimate claim to architectural pretensions.
by helsinki
October 12th, 2015, 9:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1023
Views: 115586

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I would generally not advocate the use of eminent domain ... However, wouldn't it perhaps be less expensive to relocate/pay FMV to Wendy's and the car wash, and allow a grade crossing at 71st, rather than an aerial crossing at 73rd?
by helsinki
September 14th, 2015, 10:30 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95962

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Not exactly gridlock, is it?
by helsinki
September 10th, 2015, 1:46 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Sprawl
Replies: 89
Views: 7626

Re: Sprawl

Quite possibly this has been shared elsewhere, but if not, this seems like it might be the right place to do so: "The Idiocy of Traffic Studies" See: http://urbankchoze.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-idiocy-of-traffic-studies.html?m=1&utm_content=buffer3ce8b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_c...
by helsinki
August 22nd, 2015, 3:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 57541

Re: Transportation Funding

So I think what helsinki is saying is that it's not a percentage tax, it's just literally an extra cent tacked onto to every transaction, whether that transaction is one dollar or a billion dollars. But as best as I can tell, that's not true. Prop A, Prop C, and Measure R are all percentage taxes, ...
by helsinki
August 22nd, 2015, 3:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 710
Views: 57541

Re: Transportation Funding

In this context, they are basically the same though, since it's implied that the tax is 1 cent per dollar, which is a 1% increase in absolute terms. It's mostly quibbling, though. I'm not sure I follow. A sales tax of 1% on $1 is 1 cent, yes. But this is the only time this is true. A sales tax of 1...

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