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by at40man
May 30th, 2017, 2:50 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Maplewood, North St Paul, & Oakdale - General Topics
Replies: 18
Views: 1997

Re: Oakdale Kmart to close

Hy-Vee will be opening up a new store across from the soon-to-be-closed J-Mart, on the site of the old Oakdale Mall. It's about time this area got a decent grocery store. Maybe Cub/former Rainbow will step up their game. Oh, how naive I was about HyVee 3 years ago.... Anyway , has there been any ne...
by at40man
May 11th, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 463
Views: 70263

Re: Target Center Renovation

It's interesting to contrast this discussion with the one on Block E. Did anyone ever argue for Block E to retain its original look? Not saying I disagree with Nathan, just noting the difference. The difference, I would say, is that the "old" Block E was an architectural MadLib. A super-sized McMan...
by at40man
May 9th, 2017, 9:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Strava Aggregate Heat Maps - useful for planning
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Re: Strava Aggregate Heat Maps - useful for planning

One objection to the 4-3 + bike lane conversion on Rice Street is that "nobody bikes on Rice Street". But if you look at Strava, you can see that many cyclists use Rice Street -- they are just being ignored. I doubt that many people biking down Rice are doing it for recreation, they are doing it bec...
by at40man
May 9th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Strava Aggregate Heat Maps - useful for planning
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Strava Aggregate Heat Maps - useful for planning

I just did a search for Strava on this site, only to find two references to it -- one by myself. I think Strava Heat Maps would be a useful tool for evaluating where bike lanes and bike paths are needed, as well as improvements to pedestrian safety. It is based upon users uploading their rides to th...
by at40man
May 9th, 2017, 9:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 952
Views: 111995

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

I try to point out all the benefits of 4-3 conversions, and how all users on Rice would benefit. But since it includes "bike lanes" a lot of people are holding the status quo on Rice Street. I've even heard things like "no one bikes on Rice Street! We don't need bike lanes." which tells me how littl...
by at40man
April 18th, 2017, 8:09 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Galtier Plaza
Replies: 73
Views: 11850

Re: Cray Plaza (née Galtier Plaza)

Isn't this part of why Cray left? Lack of contiguous office space at the highest level? That's the official word. There was also the small matter of it raining in the office rather regularly. And the flood that took out the machine room. And the fact that the Green Line was entirely constructed fro...
by at40man
April 12th, 2017, 8:33 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul
Replies: 210
Views: 36164

Re: Wabasha Center (Former Macy's) - Downtown St. Paul

Tim Horton's is coming! Tim Horton's is coming! Get ready for your double-doubles and maple-glazed donuts! (Tim's is seriously my favorite chain coffee shop by far.)

http://www.twincities.com/2017/04/11/on ... tice-rink/
by at40man
April 12th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 520
Views: 106430

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Got an idea to remake St. Paul's police building? Make sure it's not housing http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/04/11/got-an-idea-to-remake-st-pauls-police-building.html Per an announcement from the St. Paul Planning and Economic Development department, "Proposals to demolish the build...
by at40man
April 10th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 511
Views: 74546

Re: Mayo Clinic Square

Leased doesn't necessarily mean active. Keep in mind the Woolworth building in St. Paul was apparently "100% leased" until just recently despite being vacant for decades. Not sure how that works... I'm having trouble finding out whom it was held by, but I've read a few places it had a long-term lea...
by at40man
April 7th, 2017, 12:24 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 742
Views: 78057

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Any developer looking for a big box anchor tenant right now deserves the shitstorm about to hit their books due to the collapse of this segment. "Who the hell wouldn't want to use TIF financing to lure Hy-Vee fitness centers, gas stations, liquor, and fake-and-bake pizza all under one glorious 95,0...
by at40man
April 4th, 2017, 11:07 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N
Replies: 137
Views: 17281

Re: West Elm Hotel

Will the hotel feature over-priced cheaply-built furniture?
by at40man
March 24th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 176
Views: 24237

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

Adding a 4th tenant now just seems like a poor long-term strategy when the mall owner probably could've waited a few years and negotiated an exit with one of the other 3 anchors. The anchors all own their plats and respective buildings. My guess is that at this point, none of them are interested in...
by at40man
March 22nd, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 520
Views: 106430

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/22/st ... ave-buyer/

There is a new buyer for the Pioneer Press building. Interesting that they are moving from away from "upscale".
by at40man
February 28th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 520
Views: 106430

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

sanchopanza wrote:
February 24th, 2017, 8:30 pm
I don't get into downtown St Paul often, is this project moving forward?
Last month it received an asbestos clean-up grant - so it must be!
by at40man
February 23rd, 2017, 1:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1046
Views: 137588

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

It's definitely "out of character" for the neighborhood... I "mildly" like it. It is a well-kept mid-century building with a cool exterior pattern. The street level could be spruced up a bit, maybe a couple more trees added. Given the bland sameness out of apartment projects in Uptown, I'd say this...
by at40man
February 23rd, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 511
Views: 61717

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

I don't know who you're arguing with, because nothing that you're saying is a response to what I've argued here. Your latest article isn't even about skyways, but "downtown"! One (final) time, it is possible for both of the following propositions to be true: 1) there is crime in the skyways that ne...
by at40man
February 22nd, 2017, 1:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 511
Views: 61717

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Great strawman, but again, has anyone here said that downtown Saint Paul is problem-free? The strawman was crying "racism" in regards to the problems that have started occurring near St. Paul's skyway-street connection at Central Station once it was built. I merely pointed to this street connection...
by at40man
February 22nd, 2017, 9:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 511
Views: 61717

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

We are never going to make any progress on our racial issues if white people keep insisting that it's "not helpful" to point out racism. Or worse, view being called on the racist baggage that each and every one of us has as more offensive than the actual racism. "Statistics on reported crimes from ...
by at40man
February 19th, 2017, 5:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 495
Views: 50397

Re: Rush Line Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

There is too much focus on Minneapolis, without realizing that not everyone has the need or desire to go there! I chose to live in Maplewood (as opposed to, say, Robbinsdale) because it is close to St. Paul, but I digress. People using this line won't be using it to take to Minneapolis, so I am not ...
by at40man
February 17th, 2017, 7:50 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Rush Line Corridor BRT
Replies: 495
Views: 50397

Re: Rush Line Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

I live along the line (sort of, would be a long walk) and I have no desire for this line. the 54 extension does MOST of the job and will be implemented THIS YEAR. I work in Minneapolis and I've said it before, I think that the number of riders from Maplewood Mall to Mpls (270) far outweighs the MM ...

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