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by BigIdeasGuy
October 16th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent HQ & Sherman apartments - 500 7th St S
Replies: 208
Views: 51735

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: 15465

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: 2076

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: 110479

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: 110479

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: 100042

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: 208
Views: 51735

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: 3245

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: 3245

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: 5146

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: 38
Views: 12892

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: 24279

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: 35496

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...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 27th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories
Replies: 897
Views: 156294

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

Damn this really sucks, this has long been one my favorite proposal in MSP. As alluded to by someone else I would guess that Alatus is worried about demand for the expensive units top were the margin is and not the cheaper units towards the base of the building. Right now there is still plenty of de...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 19th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 36
Views: 8204

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'

So Opus turned the most developable and valuable surface parking lot between the coast not in Texas or Chicago into 50 stories of apartments, a metric ton of parking, zero good street frontages, a parking ramp that looms over Nicollet and 4th, and about minimal amount of retail. All on block that ze...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 11th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 136
Views: 38499

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

I went to a meeting about the River Balcony project when it was first announced and I remember someone saying the heating planted didn't want pedestrians walking along to back side of their building for liability reasons. I would assuming that would also apply here but I would guess they can build i...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 16th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (295' - 24 stories)
Replies: 86
Views: 24279

Re: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (2x 281' - 24 stories)

Elegant isn't word I would use to describe that proposal but it isn't terrible. Like everyone else I just hope some of these more ambitious proposals hurry up and get started
by BigIdeasGuy
July 18th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 777
Views: 112963

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I realize for many the fact that Union Depot is in St. Paul is disqualifying by its self but is there any good reason why UD couldn't be the intercity rail of the Twin Cities?
by BigIdeasGuy
June 27th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1594
Views: 188359

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

According to MSP Business Journal a law suit has been filed saying that Rudolph's building is in rough shape and it will take 6 figures to bring it up to code including roof and foundation work. Is the plot of land large enough to make the numbers work on a tear down and apartment building replacing...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 13th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1770
Views: 331345

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

I love the idea that Hines is thinking about developing those parcels shouldn't the city/county make a massive push to tear down those god awful viaducts first? I feel like there is a possibility if those the lots are developed before the viaducts come down we could be stuck with them for damn near ...