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by helsinki
October 7th, 2014, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1049
Views: 124746

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

Sure it wasn't the Parthenon, but demolishing this old brick building and erecting a gigantic parking structure seems to me to be architectural vandalism of the worst sort. Downtown East is drowning in parking, while historic brick buildings are its only irreplaceable asset. It's sad to see a city d...
by helsinki
July 26th, 2014, 6:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1376
Views: 156733

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

If there is one design element they could incorporate that would make the street feel very pedestrian friendly, in my opinion it would be to eliminate curbs. The preliminary renderings suggest that they already intend to denote different street functions through the use of different surface material...
by helsinki
July 18th, 2014, 5:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories
Replies: 896
Views: 139815

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

architecture, and specifically towers, should be indicative of technological progress and modern design ideas instead of shallow, vapid, regressive, historicism. Why? Historicism gets a bad rep. "Neo" anything is derided as a cheap imitation of some supposedly pure or authentic original. I have alw...
by helsinki
May 31st, 2014, 4:11 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 183
Views: 17270

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

There is a generally helpful summary and defense of the Metropolitan Council's 2040 plan (See: http://www.minnpost.com/cityscape/2014/05/defense-met-council-s-plan-future-development) at Minnpost. The plan itself is full of laudable goals, such as promoting denser development, conserving resources, ...
by helsinki
May 29th, 2014, 4:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 840
Views: 78526

Re: Nicollet-Central Corridor

I don't really buy the argument that it would just be a tourist trolley. It may be a short route, but that doesn't mean it doesn't connect a lot of destinations. Don't think of it in terms of miles, think of it in terms of numbers of people and businesses along the route. Now, I will say that it wo...
by helsinki
May 29th, 2014, 7:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 840
Views: 78526

Re: Nicollet-Central Corridor

There was a very lucid discussion of public transportation at Strong Towns recently (podcast # 175 - http://www.strongtowns.org/strong-towns-podcast/) that I thought related directly to the Nicollet/Central streetcar project. Note: if you listen to the podcast, skip the first 20 minutes as they are ...
by helsinki
May 16th, 2014, 2:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 288919

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

A depressing (yet simultaneously hopeful) reminder of the sorry state of much of the built environment near the Green Line: "Perhaps the most coordinated effort to prevent displacement is underway in the Twin Cities, where trains will soon roll on the $1 billion Central Corridor. The project connect...
by helsinki
May 14th, 2014, 2:24 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 288919

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

ECtransplant wrote:
helsinki wrote: An analogy might help: it's less than 11 miles from Wall Street to the Bronx. A subway ride will take more than an hour
It takes 35 minutes to get from the Bronx to Wall St on the 2 or the 5 train. http://goog.gl/maps/vI9Kd
Are those express trains, though? Makes a huge difference.
by helsinki
May 14th, 2014, 8:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 288919

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

Over one hour to travel only 11 miles. :/ As others have noted, it will not take this long by the time the line opens. More importantly, the shock expressed by the long time required to travel such a seeming short distance betrays, in my opinion, a misunderstanding of how people will use the line. ...
by helsinki
March 4th, 2014, 2:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Five15 on the Park - 515 15th Avenue South
Replies: 187
Views: 40251

Re: Five15 On the Park - (1515 5th Street South)

Maybe, but given the recent Dinkytown decision, it looks like it was a prudent choice. I suppose; but presumably the developer isn't totally ignorant of the fact that the incident isn't exactly helpful PR and that it will undoubtably resurface if they again seek favorable treatment from the authori...
by helsinki
March 3rd, 2014, 5:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Five15 on the Park - 515 15th Avenue South
Replies: 187
Views: 40251

Re: Five15 On the Park - (1515 5th Street South)

A bit obnoxious to demolish the contested historic structure if they weren't really ready to begin, isn't it?
by helsinki
February 7th, 2014, 6:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington Avenue (reconstruction, restriping, etc.)
Replies: 253
Views: 48859

Re: Washington Avenue

The one section I don't "get" is the right though lane west bound between 4th and 5th. Seems like that should be parking. Agreed. My assumption would be that the problem originates with the bus stop. This raises a criticism of the way bus stops are conceived here generally: the plan calls for a ded...
by helsinki
January 31st, 2014, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington Avenue (reconstruction, restriping, etc.)
Replies: 253
Views: 48859

Re: Washington Avenue

I wonder if “a split second” might be exaggerating a bit. Perhaps. But the implication of your response is that the roadway should be constructed in a manner that best optimizes traffic flow. The old "congestion = bad" philosophy. Aside from the urbanist critiques of this point (for instance, that ...
by helsinki
January 31st, 2014, 8:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington Avenue (reconstruction, restriping, etc.)
Replies: 253
Views: 48859

Re: Washington Avenue

Please correct me if I am wrong, but there are only 4 possible right turns in the zone to be reconstructed, right? (3rd, 2nd, Marquette, Hennepin) Yet to spare the slight inconvenience of waiting a split second while someone turns right (not into incoming traffic), therefore, the reconstruction is e...
by helsinki
January 30th, 2014, 6:24 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Density and Population Growth (500k, etc)
Replies: 249
Views: 37473

Re: MPLS 500K

Concerning space, Minneapolis has vast potential to radically increase its population without touching a single single-family house or altering the quaint character of anything. There is so much underutilized land it is painful. Perhaps living day to day in the city inures one to the countless LA-st...
by helsinki
January 21st, 2014, 8:16 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The High Cost of Free Parking
Replies: 67
Views: 7411

Re: The High Cost of Free Parking

"As Minneapolis grows, so do clashes over parking" http://www.startribune.com/local/west/241222861.html?page=1&c=y If anyone asks incredulously "How are you going to get 100,000 more people without needing a whole lot more parking" or something along those lines, you can reply: "Vancouver pulled it...
by helsinki
January 15th, 2014, 11:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Buses vs Rail and Cars vs Transit
Replies: 80
Views: 7924

Re: Buses vs Rail and Cars vs Transit

Thanks for the thorough response! It's an interesting contrast with MSP and the Fiscal Disparities Act.
by helsinki
January 15th, 2014, 9:20 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Buses vs Rail and Cars vs Transit
Replies: 80
Views: 7924

Re: Buses vs Rail and Cars vs Transit

I decided to look the place up on Google Maps. It's considerably more sprawling than other Chicago suburbs. The implication being that it is an isolated instance of under-funding road maintenance, and not indicative of an imminent trend? Note how the nearby suburb of Schaumburg is cited as having m...
by helsinki
January 15th, 2014, 8:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Buses vs Rail and Cars vs Transit
Replies: 80
Views: 7924

Re: Buses vs Rail and Cars vs Transit

[Didn't know where to put this] Evidence of the Strong Towns thesis coming to fruition: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-long-grove-roads-privatization-met-0114-20140113,0,177939,full.story Representative quote: "[f]or many years, residential development helped subsidize Long Grove's road...
by helsinki
December 11th, 2013, 4:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Twin Cities Underground Rail
Replies: 81
Views: 8800

Re: Twin Cities Underground Rail

Just because this is being discussed and such, these are aerial photos of Helsinki's latest underground line being constructed... They have a population of about 600k in a metro of about 1.2mil. A population density of about 7300 per square mile. Thanks for the fotos. Having lived in both Minneapol...

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