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by MNdible
June 17th, 2021, 10:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - News & General Topics
Replies: 1042
Views: 196934

Re: Southside - News & General Topics

Saw the plans for this posted to the Planning Commission COW. The variance request for the sideyard setback (8' off of the common property line right next to a house, 6 stories tall) seems like the kind of "developer's problem, not the city's problem" that should be denied.
by MNdible
June 16th, 2021, 8:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4694
Views: 477146

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Most of the work through this stretch is flatwork that should go really quickly. But it is surprising how little progress they've made on the tunnel!
by MNdible
June 11th, 2021, 10:33 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis 2021 Elections - Mayor, City Council, BET, Park Board
Replies: 48
Views: 2025

Re: Minneapolis 2021 Elections - Mayor, City Council, BET, Park Board

I guess the big question with all of these results is whether we expect the election voters will be similar to the endorsement voters. Typically, the assumption would be that the endorsement voters are going to be more progressive than general election voters. I've heard some suggestions that the an...
by MNdible
June 11th, 2021, 9:38 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1325
Views: 167753

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

I don't claim to really understand the reasons behind this, but it was explained to me by a smart somebody who thought deeply about these issues that a center-running LRT (like Central or Bottineau proposed here) is much easier to manage the signals for than a side-running LRT (like Hiawatha).
by MNdible
June 9th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown-LynLake-Wedge - News & General Topics
Replies: 1340
Views: 209925

Re: Uptown-LynLake-Wedge - News & General Topics

Looks like they've increased the setback along Aldrich to match the adjacent building -- I'm pretty sure the previous building came up much tighter to the property line.
by MNdible
June 7th, 2021, 2:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods
Replies: 190
Views: 33456

Re: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods

One last note on this: while the ROW for 42nd is 80' on both sides of Nicollet, the actual built condition throttles down significantly on the west side, and all built evidence suggests it has been like this for a long time (maybe always). This isn't unique to 42nd -- other streets in Kingfield are ...
by MNdible
June 7th, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods
Replies: 190
Views: 33456

Re: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods

(That said, the city really does need to go to one-sided parking and probably stripe at least the block of 42nd between Nicollet and Blaisdell.)
by MNdible
June 7th, 2021, 2:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods
Replies: 190
Views: 33456

Re: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods

I don't know the history, but I wouldn't say that the minor streets are necessarily given priority. I think it technically is still an arterial over to Lyndale, just subject to the standard Minneapolis basket weave pattern of stop signs (interrupted by the 4 Way at Grand). On Lyndale, the signalized...
by MNdible
June 7th, 2021, 9:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment
Replies: 44
Views: 14824

Re: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment

They are stuffing an astonishing amount of density into those 7 stories. Two fully enclosed courtyards! Great for packing in units.
by MNdible
June 7th, 2021, 9:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods
Replies: 190
Views: 33456

Re: South Nicollet / Kingfield-Lyndale-Tangletown-Windom Neighborhoods

The massing, scale, and setback of this project really feel good.
by MNdible
June 7th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 995
Views: 109925

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Like all things in our divided country, it's certain that both of these perceptions are held by large but separate chunks of the population (to the extent that large chunks of the population are thinking about Minneapolis at all).
by MNdible
June 4th, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: St. Olaf Church Affordable Housing - 800 3rd Ave S & 825 2nd Ave S
Replies: 22
Views: 2788

Re: St. Olaf Church Affordable Housing - 800 3rd Ave S & 825 2nd Ave S

It will be very interesting to see some plans for this. By my back of the envelope math, they're going to need to basically fill the entire footprint of the parking lot for the full 20 stories with effectively no set backs to pack in 500 units. Not such a big deal next to the low rise church buildin...
by MNdible
June 4th, 2021, 8:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 2058
Views: 300200

Re: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'

Something we haven't talked about in forever, but that I believe is still on the table: This project was designed to have a cut through across its plaza for the future streetcar routing to jog from Nicollet to Hennepin. Does this jog still make sense if the mode shifts from streetcar to aBRT, or wou...
by MNdible
June 3rd, 2021, 8:21 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: George Floyd murder and aftermath
Replies: 158
Views: 10435

Re: George Floyd murder and aftermath

I would assume that, while there will still be a station in the vicinity here, this station area design will be significantly reworked from the previous vision.
by MNdible
May 25th, 2021, 2:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 883
Views: 116818

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

FWIW, the original plan to add 38th Street as a BRT stop also included shifting the freeway ramps from 35th/36th to 38th.
by MNdible
May 25th, 2021, 10:24 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 503
Views: 80623

Re: Target Center Renovation

This is a fun discussion, and yes, it's probably technically possible to make this work. But it would add massive costs to the tower, to the point that no developer would ever want to undertake it.
by MNdible
May 25th, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Grocery Stores
Replies: 254
Views: 22483

Re: Grocery Stores

Alluded to in the Hy-Vee article, but there is speculation that Amazon Fresh will be opening multiple stores in the metro area in the not too distant future.
by MNdible
May 17th, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Highway Transitway Corridor Study
Replies: 80
Views: 13175

Re: Highway Transitway Corridor Study

Inconvenience of transferring is another issue, for example 46th St & 35W which never worked as intended because riders preferred the one-seat ride on the 146 instead of transferring. The benefit of these BRT routes within the urban core will usually be for reverse commuters, unless you happen to l...
by MNdible
May 14th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Seven Points Uptown (Calhoun Square)
Replies: 309
Views: 71506

Re: Seven Points Uptown (Calhoun Square)

All of the examples above of grocery stores with structured parking are correct, of course, but they were all dedicated, purpose built on only one or two levels with typically flat-plate parking decks and well designed vertical circulation. The existing Seven Points parking ramp is a completely diff...
by MNdible
May 14th, 2021, 9:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Freight Rail News and Happenings
Replies: 160
Views: 28542

Re: Freight Rail News and Happenings

Doesn't it seem like the CN deal will be harder to pass through anti-competition scrutiny since they already have a north-south connection through the US?