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by at40man
January 27th, 2017, 10:47 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Skyway System
Replies: 18
Views: 2380

Re: St. Paul Skyway System

http://www.twincities.com/2017/01/27/meeting-on-downtown-st-paul-skyway-safety-draws-an-unhappy-crowd/ Very interesting article; it sounds like there is a lot of gas on the ever-burning skyway fire right now. In a way, this reinforces the idea of whom the skyways are really for. And at the exact sam...
by at40man
January 20th, 2017, 3:29 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 134
Views: 36802

Re: Demolition of West Publishing / old jail

A developer is very interested in the site, and the idea of a 5-star hotel is being floated:

http://www.twincities.com/2017/01/20/fi ... in-st-paul
by at40man
January 13th, 2017, 6:13 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Tuesday's EDA meeting revealed that Hy Vee is going to build the store closer to France Ave to remove the trench between the building and the street. That will give lots of cool roof access to local teenagers and thrill seekers. Also say construction could start as late as May 2018. http://www.robbi...
by at40man
January 9th, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1269
Views: 179013

Re: MSP Airport

People flying out of T2 won't be able to afford to stay at the hotel. Problem solved. But seriously, the post office is in the way so they can't extend the tram all of the way to the hotel unless it's demolished. I've seen a few disparaging comments about the airlines in T2 and the "people in T2". ...
by at40man
December 30th, 2016, 9:54 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Mmm blaming architects. Original. This is 100% a development driven project. If architects had the upper hand, almost every building would be as wonderful as you imagine. I'm not blaming architects. It just stinks knowing that there once was something quite beautiful made out of the finest material...
by at40man
December 28th, 2016, 1:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Looks like it's on again. http://www.startribune.com/robbinsdale-will-get-a-hy-vee-store-after-all/401448885/ Brainstorm: we tear down the VFW and St. Petersburg and build a gorgeous Hy-Vee themed hotel. Then we open it up to the birdtown group who distastefully advertised themselves as being "HyVe...
by at40man
December 14th, 2016, 11:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Once and Future Dayton's
Replies: 297
Views: 50468

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Macy's Building

Silophant wrote:I think that's a safe assumption. If it isn't already historically protected, it would become so almost instantly if it was threatened.
"Rip it down and build a HyVee!" -Regan Murphy, probably
by at40man
October 27th, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Office Market
Replies: 78
Views: 19295

Re: St. Paul Office Market

From the Strib, "Office Occupancy Continues to Grow in St. Paul": http://www.startribune.com/office-occup ... 397804261/


Class A space is hard to find in St Paul. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Cray leaves Galtier Plaza.
by at40man
October 26th, 2016, 10:02 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Well, the theater is demolished but many problems still linger. It appears that a major reason HyVee stepped back was due to issues with the final plat and frontage roads criss-crossing the property. A portion of the West Broadway right-of-way is owned by the city, but it turns out that the other po...
by at40man
September 27th, 2016, 6:20 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Penfield - (101 10th Street East)
Replies: 158
Views: 34222

Re: The Penfield - (101 10th Street East)

MNdible wrote:Just because the city didn't lose its shirt (and the feds were actually taking most of the risk) doesn't mean that it was a good idea for them to play developer.
Yeah, that's the role of the Port Authority. :P
by at40man
September 27th, 2016, 5:50 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Hard to believe that city was so cavalier about its demolition. Might have something to do with it being an abandoned building for 17 years. Actually, it has nothing to do with that; that is just a red herring to take focus off the real issue. Several investors have tried to purchase it over the ye...
by at40man
September 27th, 2016, 3:23 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

So frustrating. I don't think I'm being melodramatic when I say that the Terrace was easily the most architecturally significant building in Robbinsdale. Hard to believe that city was so cavalier about its demolition. Not even cavalier; it's like they are absolutely salivating to get rid of it for ...
by at40man
September 25th, 2016, 6:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

And then dumped part of the parking lot in it/ Reading comprehension fail or insider knowledge? The article says, "Demolition work on the building was halted. With the building off limits, the contractors then moved to tear up the asphalt parking lot." I don't see where it was "dumped part of the p...
by at40man
September 24th, 2016, 10:50 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Inland development rammed a hole through the Terrace, when they knew that a judge was on property signing an injunction. SMH ...

http://www.startribune.com/as-terrace-t ... 394690401/
by at40man
September 21st, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 66733

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

I'd say the distance from the front to rear platforms is closer to 1.5 or 2 blocks rather than 0.5 blocks as at40man suggested Well, two points: 1. St. Paul's blocks are smaller than most city blocks 2. I'm talking about Gate A (bus platform) and Gate B (set aside for future LRT) to the front, not ...
by at40man
September 21st, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 66733

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

To draw a comparison, would anyone make an argument that by putting an amusement park in the middle of the Mall of America that the management is artificially inflating the mall's numbers because people are "forced" to walk through the shopping concourses to get there? The Depot is no different in ...
by at40man
September 21st, 2016, 8:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 66733

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

I'm not missing the point - I just think the argument that says we would be "artificially inflating the Depot numbers" by putting the trains in the area designed to accommodate trains 90 years ago to be silly. You aren't artificially inflating anything. Either people use the Depot or they don't. If ...
by at40man
September 20th, 2016, 3:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 66733

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

Forcing people into the building to make the building active shouldn't be a primary consideration for Riverview's route planning. Harming that line and forcing transfers to be more difficult just to make the depot seem active would be a poor choice. But isn't that what the building was designed for...
by at40man
September 16th, 2016, 8:38 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 87
Views: 15640

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

The Terrace recently had its day in court! Erik Hansen (attorney who also was behind the "Save Peavey Plaza" campaign) made some excellent arguments in favor of saving the theater. Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 13, 2016) – Friends of the Historic Terrace had their day in court on Tuesday as the ...
by at40man
September 9th, 2016, 9:45 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Galtier Plaza
Replies: 76
Views: 17805

Re: Cray Plaza (née Galtier Plaza)

If I had deep pockets, I would be up to the challenge. I've long had many ideas that could make that building "Great Again". I've always liked it ever since I was a little kid. My mom used to me there for lunch on the rare occasion I got to visit her at work, and I first learned how to swim in that ...

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