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by Mdcastle
September 16th, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177357

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

^^^ If the bridges weren't there we'd be complaining about what a hostile experience it was to cross Bottineau (and soon the light rail tracks) on foot or bicycle. See also the Hiawatha tunnel.
by Mdcastle
September 16th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis City Planning Commission (meetings, agenda items, members, etc.)
Replies: 118
Views: 31699

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission (meetings, agenda items, members, etc.)

Riots? Crime rate explosion? Remote working meaning the commute from Elko is no longer an issue?
by Mdcastle
September 14th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1437
Views: 177357

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

Instead of everyone being angry at Robbinsdale has anyone asked them what they actually want? I'm assuming it will be something that will be solvable by building something or other rather than say completely unmeetable and unrealistic social justice demands. Could be they saw what a enormous disaste...
by Mdcastle
September 11th, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1917
Views: 378463

Re: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics

So what so-called "negative externalities" are there about people not getting into their cars and driving to work? I'd think people would be happy we're reducing the need for downtown parking and highways and air pollution. Maybe we could convert the Multifoods tower to apartments and ease the housi...
by Mdcastle
September 9th, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 287
Views: 34400

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

I think we all agree this would be better with apartments on top of the strip mall, but I think the issue is that the strip mall section is going to be remodeled rather than rebuilt. Would making them rebuild it with apartments on top be enough to sink the project and result in Bloomington having to...
by Mdcastle
September 9th, 2021, 8:02 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 287
Views: 34400

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

https://i.imgur.com/qrXfq1w.jpg The cities district plan. Notable that this area was rezoned for the plan, but I think they had a form more like a lifestyle center, maybe with 2nd floor offices, as opposed to apartments with ground floor retail. Possibly the idea is to buffer residential from the f...
by Mdcastle
September 8th, 2021, 6:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 287
Views: 34400

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

I strongly disagree with the premise that Bloomington doesn't need more grocery stores. There's Aldi and Cub, where you have to bag your own groceries, and Cub isn't even particularly cheap or good. And while Cub has a decent selection, Aldi certainly does not. There's the astronomically priced plac...
by Mdcastle
September 7th, 2021, 8:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Dayton's Project
Replies: 320
Views: 63730

Re: The Dayton's Project

If Target already has too much office space downtown, why would they look at more? Considering most hotel rooms are 325 square feet and how hard it would be to have every unit with a window are we basically talking about low income SROs at this point? Seems to be the economical way to do it with tha...
by Mdcastle
September 5th, 2021, 10:08 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Highland Bridge: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 126
Views: 37504

Re: Highland Bridge: Ford Site Redevelopment

I don't doubt that battery packs will get bigger, just that considering the average car gets driven 30 miles a day, I don't see the scenario where both of the cars at the residence will need to be charged to the full 200 miles or whatever of range every single night as especially common.
by Mdcastle
September 3rd, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Highland Bridge: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 126
Views: 37504

Re: Highland Bridge: Ford Site Redevelopment

Anything more than 50 as standard makes no sense because you're dealing with the niche scenario of people that choose to live in a Highland Bridge row house, yet have two electric cars that need to be charged fully every night. Also a new single family detached house generally comes with a 200 amp (...
by Mdcastle
September 3rd, 2021, 7:49 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 287
Views: 34400

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

After doing more research, I guess it does meet FAR, or close despite what it initially looked like to me looking at the layout, it's .49 where code is .50 since they're not subdividing the Southown parcel and more than 50% is more than a 1/4 mile from Knox and American (otherwise it would be 1.0) T...
by Mdcastle
September 2nd, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 287
Views: 34400

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

Hy-Vee proposed for Southtown. This would replace the old Herberger's / Toys-R-Us space, a strip of retail along the east side. Apparently the old bowling alley would be replaced or remodeled as the Hy-Vee liquor store- the grocery store is generic but they let the cat out of the bag by naming the l...
by Mdcastle
September 2nd, 2021, 5:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126235

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Well, good idea or not it's common enough that car dealerships don't want to give buyers any additional excuses to not do it. If the buyer really wants to see a Blue CR-V with the sport package and black leather interior and the only one you have is out in Elko, they might decide to just leave rathe...
by Mdcastle
September 2nd, 2021, 10:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126235

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Well, there's that article about Amazon opening department stores. Turns out people don't like ordering a new dress online and then finding out it doesn't fit or they don't like the way the fabric feels or the color looks different than on the screen. I personally can't imagine going onto Amazon or ...
by Mdcastle
September 2nd, 2021, 9:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126235

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

What plot of land in Bloomington is big enough and zoned to hold a relocated car dealership? I'm sure car dealers would just move to a bigger plot of land if one were available, but that is scare closer to the city, so the trend is to expand up with structured parking rather than out. This has the s...
by Mdcastle
August 30th, 2021, 9:05 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126235

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

Are we assuming no one in those large apartment complexes at Penn-American will ride the bus?
by Mdcastle
August 30th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1172
Views: 199032

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Could move the houses displaced by widening Crosstown to the vacant Cedar land.

As I never use Cedar north of Crosstown. I don't have an opinion on the matter, but what would the residents and businesses think about losing easy access to and from the south?
by Mdcastle
August 27th, 2021, 11:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1172
Views: 199032

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

My fantasy is a third span of the river crossing with two reversible general purpose lanes and two light rail tracks to extend the Blue Line at least to the Eagan Transit Station. The two inside existing lanes could be converted to E-ZPass.
by Mdcastle
August 24th, 2021, 8:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park
Replies: 198
Views: 47236

Re: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park

Probable result: tear down a bunch of affordable retail that businesses can afford to rent, and replace it with "mixed use" where the ground floor retail that developers are forced to put in as a condition of getting their project approved sits vacant because no one can afford it.
by Mdcastle
August 20th, 2021, 8:30 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Stillwater Development News
Replies: 43
Views: 8207

Re: Stillwater Development News

3rd and Myrtle. The site is currently kind of a surface overflow lot for the municipal ramp combined with two vacant lots and the 110 Myrtle Street house. The developer can't raze the house because it's historic but they bought it so they can build in the back yard and not have the residents complai...