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by VacantLuxuries
October 23rd, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1043
Views: 156308

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

If Amazon is willing to foot the bill to have the rail stop at their doorstep, that'd be cool since they can afford it. Otherwise I think we'd be better off investing our transit dollars elsewhere.
by VacantLuxuries
October 23rd, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1574
Views: 186612

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Uptown isn't as much of a destination anymore, and that's fine. So long as the property owners shift their focus from catering to people seeking a destination retail experience to one that caters to the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. In this scenario, a new 15 story apartment building i...
by VacantLuxuries
October 22nd, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1574
Views: 186612

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

It's a bad trend for luxury retail in Uptown. It could be the start of a trend towards more neighborhood and community focused retail if the people who own the properties don't get caught up in chasing luxury leases or chains that have no logical reason to be in this neighborhood.
by VacantLuxuries
October 16th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1045
Views: 161613

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Imagine if we refused to build international airports because the futurists of the 50s had convinced everyone that there was no need, because flying cars were just around the corner. And how about that fusion reactor that's just around the corner? Or everything being made out of graphene? I'd rather...
by VacantLuxuries
October 15th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent HQ & Sherman apartments - 500 7th St S
Replies: 208
Views: 51601

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

A mural would be an improvement, but I agree that if they were to just paint it a solid color it would be worse.
by VacantLuxuries
October 13th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 539
Views: 55101

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

The difference is capitalists never care about negative externalities that are created in the process of their profiteering. We need regulations to help fix the world from being one giant garbage dump at the convenience of Pepsico and Exxon. Using regulation in order to preserve an obsolete business...
by VacantLuxuries
October 12th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 539
Views: 55101

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

You can purchase a car however you prefer. Doesn't mean we need to protect people who solely exist to make vehicles more expensive anymore. If they truly provide a value, let's remove their state mandated place between me and the manufacturer and see if they can prove their value without regulatory ...
by VacantLuxuries
September 23rd, 2020, 12:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1072
Views: 194622

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

It's easy to take in big profits when you're in the middle man business.
by VacantLuxuries
September 14th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449153

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Just think of what University and Snelling would look like if they'd been this willing to invest in grade separation when Dubya was president.
They were, it just had to be in service of getting suburbanites to sport games and not transit users to work.
by VacantLuxuries
September 9th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 403
Views: 58240

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

So what kind of travel times for a high speed transcontinental line can we expect vs just taking a plane? I have no illusions that taking a high-speed train from New York to LA, or even Chicago to LA, would ever be competitive with air travel. But that's not really the point. The point would be hig...
by VacantLuxuries
September 9th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 403
Views: 58240

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

I know Biden regularly used Amtrak on the Northeast Corridor, but does he have experience with Amtrak service outside of there? If his plan is taking away from long-distance service and making minor improvements to corridor routes then that's no better than the status quo. His infrastructure plan i...
by VacantLuxuries
September 8th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 403
Views: 58240

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

If only there was someone running for president who regularly rode Amtrak and understands its value to the American people.
by VacantLuxuries
September 4th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 17 North Washington - CA - 27 stories - ~300'(?)
Replies: 19
Views: 3122

Re: 17 North Washington - CA - 27 stories - ~300'(?)

It doesn't matter how much op-ed ink is spilt claiming that "The Millennials" are on the verge of abandoning cities. The financiers are the ones who continue taking the risk and putting up the money for construction, so I'm going to listen to them instead of suburban real estate boosters or develope...
by VacantLuxuries
July 16th, 2020, 10:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449153

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I was referring to Jacob Wetterling, broadly circling the northwest metro exurbs into one "area".

I just get tired of hearing about "crime" as if it's exclusively a city issue and that moving solves it.
by VacantLuxuries
July 16th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4598
Views: 449153

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

One of the worst and most well-known crimes in MN history happened in the St. Michael area.
by VacantLuxuries
June 23rd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2020 Presidential Election
Replies: 24
Views: 2196

Re: 2020 Presidential Election

Is there any real precedent for an active politician later being selected to the supreme court? I remember people were toying with that idea for Obama, but that was clearly more West Wing fan fiction than something that could actually happen. Taft was appointed to the Supreme Court post-presidency ...
by VacantLuxuries
June 18th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Duffey 2.0 - 3rd St N
Replies: 28
Views: 4709

Re: Duffey 2.0 - 3rd St N

If it was Hyvee, it wouldn't be their first. They have an urban format store in Downtown Des Moines.
by VacantLuxuries
June 17th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 192
Views: 30802

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

It sounds like it's not something they push for on every property, but if the property is working well and the area conditions are right, it's something they pursue. https://www.insider-trends.com/leading-the-way-how-jll-is-helping-create-the-shopping-centres-of-the-future/ There is such a car cultu...