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by BigIdeasGuy
January 22nd, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 20 stories - 226'
Replies: 73
Views: 16389

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 20 stories - 226'

Maybe they're still trying to talk the Crooked Pint and Eagle Bolt building owners into connecting to it and helping to pay for it?
That building may survive this building cycle but I'm guessing it doesn't survive the next one.
by BigIdeasGuy
January 5th, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Governor Election 2022
Replies: 19
Views: 605

Re: Minnesota Governor Election 2022

The last time a R has won statewide in Minnesota in T-Paw in 2006. And since then it's like Dem's are winning most statewide races rather comfortably. Until the GOP can break that streak, there is no reason to predict doom and gloom for Walz or any statewide Dem. I'm not saying Walz or any statewide...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 14th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 32448

Re: Interstate 94

The Transportation Committee of the MPLS City Council unanimously passed a resolution about MNDOT Rethinking I-94 project. The TLDR of it screw you car lanes, build a BRT line down the middle. I was wondering why to go with BRT instead LRT and create an express route between US Bank Stadium & the X,...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 8th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 61
Views: 12154

Re: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

I really hope they are able to somehow keep the design of the building. While the additional affordable housing will be a great, losing a building that would stand apart for the rest of Washington vs bending in would be disappointing.
by BigIdeasGuy
December 7th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 357
Views: 51680

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I'm a little surprised there hasn't been a bigger push for the Lowry line based on equity and investing in the Northside. Moving forward North MPLS is going to have great connections going N/S yet limited E/W at least with LRT/BRT/aBRT. I would also like to think that somehow state/county/city lead...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 6th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 357
Views: 51680

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

I'm a little surprised there hasn't been a bigger push for the Lowry line based on equity and investing in the Northside. Moving forward North MPLS is going to have great connections going N/S yet limited E/W at least with LRT/BRT/aBRT. I would also like to think that somehow state/county/city leade...
by BigIdeasGuy
November 10th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 848
Views: 85723

Re: Riverview Corridor Streetcar

I've also interrupted the the Committee using Streetcar vs LRT as solely political decision by the PAC compared to a technical one. All indications is that the corridor is going use all the same specs as the Blue & Green line, with the only modification being the number of cars per train. Quite fran...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 16th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent HQ & Sherman apartments - 500 7th St S
Replies: 209
Views: 52866

Re: Thrivent HQ & Sherman apartments - 500 7th St S

Or the city could have said the proposal on the backside of the building with twice as much parking as housing is crap go try again but that ship has sailed. And yes I know Thrivent demand those spots which isn't the problem the problem is how bland and unimaginative the surrounding apartment buildi...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 4th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Seven Corners Gateway - Apartments & Hotel
Replies: 56
Views: 15834

Re: Seven Corners Gateway - Apartments & Hotel

These things always terrify me when they're at that stage. It's like Burning Man, just a big assembly of sticks, with plenty of openings for airflow. Hopefully the insurance companies will shorten the leash. If not, state and local government needs to act. Any suggestions on how to lower the risk? ...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 6th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 2841 Hennepin - Old Chicago Boneyard Salsa a la Salsa Game Lotus Piggy Bank
Replies: 11
Views: 2120

Re: 2841 Hennepin - Old Chicago Boneyard Salsa a la Salsa Game Lotus Piggy Bank

This is definitely one of the better looking 5 over 1 buildings we've seen proposed/built recently
by BigIdeasGuy
June 4th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 785
Views: 111409

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

Allianz Field tweeted out a map of the area around Allianz this morning to help volunteers find parking. It's worth noting the parcel at the corner of University and Snelling is listed as development in progress. I don't remember seeing anything proposed for that lot yet it's good news if the graphi...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 23rd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 785
Views: 111409

Re: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development

If this parcel is going to be 18/12 stories I think that means some quite large/signature is planned for the corner of University & Snelling. That's clearly the premier plot on the super block and I'm surprised it isn't the first to get developed. I design of B2 looks dope although I'm a little conc...
by BigIdeasGuy
February 28th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 100285

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Couldn't you make the cost argument about basically every rail project in America? LRT vs BRT and Streetcar vs aBRT
by BigIdeasGuy
February 21st, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent HQ & Sherman apartments - 500 7th St S
Replies: 209
Views: 52866

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Apartments for the other half of the block are back. Eight whole stories. What a waste.

https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/download ... 207th%20St
It's Sherman, when is the last time you saw a project of his and thought "wow that's super high risk"
by BigIdeasGuy
January 27th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Role of Visitors and Spaces for them in Cities
Replies: 15
Views: 3271

Re: Role of Visitors and Spaces for them in Cities

So basically the current thinking is that tourism is great so long it isn't encouraged and nothing is spent on facilities specially for them? I would argue if the Eiffel Tower was proposed today would be opposed by the good part of this forum, yet it's undoubtedly the signature attraction of Paris. ...
by BigIdeasGuy
January 14th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Role of Visitors and Spaces for them in Cities
Replies: 15
Views: 3271

Role of Visitors and Spaces for them in Cities

Over the years I've been following this site and other urbanist websites I've noticed opposition to any project that would primarily serve tourists, hotels being the exception, things like Convention space, meeting space, tourist attractions and other general "fun" stuff to over simplify things. Sam...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 14th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul RiverCentre Ramp RFP
Replies: 13
Views: 5282

Re: St. Paul RiverCentre Ramp RFP

I'm surprised they had that many responses to the RFP, I figured the city was going to be lucky 1 mediocre response and it sounds like they have multiple very solid options to pick from. It will be interesting to see site plans, layouts and renderings when they come out
by BigIdeasGuy
December 12th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 200 Central (2019) - 293' / 27 Stories
Replies: 48
Views: 15463

Re: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories

Ouch, that height reduction caused the project to lose almost all it's elegance in that picture. Still a great project
by BigIdeasGuy
October 30th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (295' - 24 stories)
Replies: 86
Views: 24399

Re: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (295' - 24 stories)

I definitely agree that the city needs to work with Bader to add some vertical circulation to Building D through some means at both the Lake and 31st Street ends. I understand why a developer might have some security concerns around that although those should be reasonable to overcome. It would also...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 27th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 130
Views: 36032

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Buying out the Lourdes Square townhomes and rebuilding a version of the Industrial Exposition Building that was on the site until 1940 has been a dream of mine for a while. The acquisition costs are going to be prohibitive when the get in the door price is $700k+ not mention they don't come on the m...