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by alexschief
September 24th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 244
Views: 15657

Re: Hennepin Avenue (Franklin to 36th)

I'm afraid the fantasy is sitting around wishing on a star that EVs will save us. The real fantasy is that transit will save us... I don't think anyone lives this fantasy. Investing in transit is just one part of a kitchen-sink strategy that needs to be employed to reduce transportation carbon emis...
by alexschief
September 24th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1026
Views: 158667

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

MnDOT gonna MnDOT.
by alexschief
September 23rd, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 244
Views: 15657

Re: Hennepin Avenue (Franklin to 36th)

It's pretty clear that none of the layouts are prioritizing the driver first -- transit is definitely the winner here, as it should be. But the idea currently en vogue, that every commercial street in Minneapolis needs to have a full bicycle facility, is just a bad use of our limited infrastructure...
by alexschief
September 23rd, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 244
Views: 15657

Re: Hennepin Avenue (Franklin to 36th)

A plan that doesn't make any accommodations for left turn lanes is absurd and should be discarded immediately. In other hot take opinions that will be unpopular here, there's not room for bike lanes on Hennepin. There are other viable locations for the bike lanes, but there are no other viable rout...
by alexschief
September 23rd, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 244
Views: 15657

Re: Hennepin Avenue (Franklin to 36th)

Am I wrong or are 13'-0" bus lanes insanely wide?
The buses need 11', and the additional 2' is for the gutter. You can see it clearly on the left side, where the bus lane is listed as 11', but it's actually 13' with the gutter at the top of the graphic when there isn't the parking/flex lane.
by alexschief
September 23rd, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 244
Views: 15657

Re: Hennepin Avenue (Franklin to 36th)

I watched the Hennepin South open house last night. Here's the project page . Here are the preliminary concepts that were presented. Of the bunch, to me the clear winner is Option 1B: https://i.imgur.com/nHfNkH0.jpg Obviously to start, what this option has going for it is that it accommodates both b...
by alexschief
September 23rd, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1054
Views: 191488

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I tried at one point to understand what made Bright Health's model so special, and I'm not sure I fully understood it. They are an insurer, and they keep a really tight grip on their network, and try to more actively manage the health of their clients? Is that correct?
by alexschief
September 22nd, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Downtown Reconstruction
Replies: 7
Views: 710

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction

Two things still need to be improved. First, I'm hoping the City Council and Public Works establish the outer lanes for buses only, before the whole street opens. It's time to put the city's modal priority into action. If you want to put a transit (including a bunch of bus routes and the future E Li...
by alexschief
September 18th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station
Replies: 83
Views: 18058

Re: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station

Reaching any of these destinations currently requires a walk along wide, desolate streets and crossing a bridge over an interstate highway. There are serious physical and mental barriers that make this site feel isolated, unpleasant, and unsafe. Obviously everyone is hoping in the near future that t...
by alexschief
September 18th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station
Replies: 83
Views: 18058

Re: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station

This project raises a ton of questions. For one, it's is an interesting challenge to the ten story minimum, since it's quite literally an edge case. Does the city want to lose potential affordable housing by forcing a small developer to take on much bigger risk and cost? (Which would probably mean t...
by alexschief
September 18th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 1301 W Lake St - LOCAL Ventures - 14 stories / 160'
Replies: 10
Views: 908

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Architect is BKV, same as for 240 Park. The similarities between the designs are striking, but this one is worse. I don't think anyone can accuse me of being opposed to development, but the design and bulk of this one are just not good. It's kinda telling that the rendering on Page 22 is from a view...
by alexschief
September 17th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285677

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Or possibly Metro Transit can insert Xcel money into the B and D Line budgets, and shift other money out of bus procurement and into other items, closing the funding gap?
by alexschief
September 14th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1054
Views: 191488

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

"Moving to downtown Minneapolis is an exciting next step, helping accelerate our transformation while deepening our community commitment," said Deluxe Chief Executive Barry McCarthy. The residential population [downtown] also is growing, with McCarthy among them. He and his wife purchased a histori...
by alexschief
September 14th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 284
Views: 49725

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

Has there been any talk about redeveloping the car dealership directly next to the future Hopkins Station? It has always struck me as strange that there's been so much chatter about development at Blake and at Wooddale, and of course there already has been development at the Hopkins Station, and yet...
by alexschief
September 10th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1128
Views: 198415

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

The facelift of City Center was a missed opportunity to simply tear that entire bottom structure down and rebuild it as housing with smaller spaces for ground floor retail. The businesses that fit in the existing City Center spaces are taking body blows all around the country and seem unlikely to re...
by alexschief
September 10th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285677

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

This is sort of intriguing: https://finance-commerce.com/2020/09/dakota-county-rochester-push-transit/ The first bit is about Dakota County's interest in transit, which of course they recently demonstrated by causing the CTIB to collapse. That aside, Dakota County actually does have a bunch of scatt...
by alexschief
September 9th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 400
Views: 57093

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Evidence seems pretty strong that airplane or train travel actually is safe, given the air filtration systems in these vehicles and the easy enforcement of universal masking. The problem for Amtrak with routes like the Empire Builder is that they are extremely unprofitable. I think it makes sense fo...
by alexschief
September 6th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1027
Views: 187196

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Via CM Steve Fletcher's email list (emphasis mine): This week, I visited encampments in the parks, and had a chance to meet with organizers and advocates who are working both to hold the encampments together in safety and relative comfort for now, and get to more sustainable housing solutions. Peopl...
by alexschief
September 4th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors
Replies: 308
Views: 46410

Re: Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Corridors

The combined Nicollet-Central line from American Blvd to Northtown would be about 20 miles in length. There's definitely reason to continue the Central line up to Northtown, it's a major destination and anchor on the line. I think it would be plausible to send the Nicollet line down to 98th and 35W...
by alexschief
September 4th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 205
Views: 42723

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Public comment is now open for the Minneapolis 2040 Built Form Regulations that will be enacted later this year. You can review them and give comments here: https://minneapolis2040.com/implementation/built-form-rezoning-study#Regulations I think there are two changes that I'd make to the section on ...