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by alexschief
May 14th, 2021, 2:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories - 393'/418'
Replies: 129
Views: 29385

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories - 393'/418'

Is this still going? All the city docs posted in the thread are to dead ends. The links are dead because the city did a big website overhaul recently and in the process they broke a ton of links. As to whether or not this project is dead, I don't know. Hines is not a fly-by-night developer. They've...
by alexschief
May 13th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Minnetonka Area – General Topics
Replies: 177
Views: 37020

Re: Minnetonka Area – General Topics

I'm a broken record, and yes I know that this location essentially mandates driving for almost all trips, but my eye still twitched a bit when when I saw 530 parking spaces for 345-380 housing units, directly next to an LRT station. Development in places like this, as opposed to places with no trans...
by alexschief
May 13th, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 121
Views: 15611

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

Also the proposed stops at 2nd St NE and University & Central are way too close. Just stop once at Hennepin & University and be done with it! There's no chance of those ones changing, the guidelines for aBRT mandate that it stops at every intersection with a local buses. In a different case I've ar...
by alexschief
May 13th, 2021, 7:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 121
Views: 15611

Re: E Line Arterial BRT

The number of stops near Dinkytown and the University seems excessive to me, but I also can understand the rationale behind each one. I think the weakest stop is probably the one outside Ridder Arena or the one at 11th St. The other two are obviously essential. In Southwest Mpls, the stops at Abbott...
by alexschief
May 11th, 2021, 4:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1177
Views: 220467

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I mean, the loss of Target employment alone wipes out all of the gains made downtown over the last several years. And most real estate decisions are tied to lease expirations, so if there's an impact, it's likely to be a slow rolling one. Not saying that downtown is doomed, but I think you're being...
by alexschief
May 11th, 2021, 4:07 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists
Replies: 335
Views: 41254

Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

I hereby proclaim Grant to be Cancelled.
by alexschief
May 11th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1177
Views: 220467

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

The short-term trend is definitely going to be negative, there's no disputing that, it's already more or less established. The more interesting discussion is how deep the cutback will be and what the long-term trend will look like.
by alexschief
May 11th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments - 110 1st Street N
Replies: 157
Views: 31854

Re: Archive Apartments - 110 1st Street N

If the Fed were to allow a mural to be painted on that wall (make it Federal Reserve related, why not?) that might really create a nice bit of visual interest and spatial drama as someone moves through the passage. Unfortunately the Fed has seemed to be very uninterested in being a constructive neig...
by alexschief
May 3rd, 2021, 3:20 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 160
Views: 21773

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

I skimmed it and didn't find anything extremely offensive, but I'm certainly suspicious of its motives. It's extremely focused on light rail. What problem is this trying to solve?
by alexschief
May 3rd, 2021, 8:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northside - News & General Topics
Replies: 346
Views: 113766

Re: Northside - News & General Topics

Plans for a mixed-use building at 1300 W Broadway (right at the start of the curve) called The Resolute have been submitted to the city. The city's application database says it would have 71 rental units and retail space for a barber shop, a day care, a bar, and a cafe. That could be pretty exciting.
by alexschief
April 30th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Representation at the Federal Level
Replies: 40
Views: 6380

Re: Minnesota Representation at the Federal Level

I can see no reason on the horizon why Minnesota’s growth rate would increase. With southern states growth rate double or triple of ours, I don’t see how both states won’t lose seats. I think a lot of the talk about "climate refugees" heading to Duluth or wherever is pretty overblown, but it's cert...
by alexschief
April 26th, 2021, 2:17 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Representation at the Federal Level
Replies: 40
Views: 6380

Re: Minnesota Representation at the Federal Level

Minnesota keeps its eighth congressional district by an insane margin of 89 New Yorkers.
by alexschief
April 25th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 1400 Park Avenue
Replies: 152
Views: 54356

Re: 1400 Park Avenue

Anything within the freeway loop is downtown Minneapolis, there's no point in being overly pedantic about this.
by alexschief
April 21st, 2021, 9:09 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 32
Views: 7617

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

I was surprised by the Mayor's veto, I wouldn't have thought he would have that power either. The memo's first point is fairly persuasive, at least to this non-lawyer. That being said, the rest of the memo isn't as strong. The memo's third point is deeply cynical. It calls the Mayor's veto "a classi...
by alexschief
April 20th, 2021, 2:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - News & General Topics
Replies: 1038
Views: 191703

Re: Southside - News & General Topics

Last week, the city received an application for a 38-unit apartment building at 2625 Lyndale Ave S, associated with the previous Rex 26 development . This one is currently listed as being called "Rex II," and would presumably replace the large residential house directly to the south of the first pha...
by alexschief
April 20th, 2021, 2:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Ideas / Wish List for Mpls in 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 4257

Re: Ideas / Wish List for Mpls in 2021

I've been told that part of the reason the Nicollet Streetcar has never been quite killed is so the city could have something shovel-ready in case Infrastructure Week ever happened. Apart from that project being bad and apart from it not really being shovel ready, everything I've seen from the Bide...
by alexschief
April 20th, 2021, 12:49 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Ideas / Wish List for Mpls in 2021
Replies: 42
Views: 4257

Re: Ideas / Wish List for Mpls in 2021

The proposed Midtown and Great Northern Greenway river crossings would be obvious candidates.
by alexschief
April 15th, 2021, 2:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 413
Views: 75319

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

I was surprised that this project is still anticipated to be completed in 2024, and while I still don't totally believe that they'll make that, Ethan Osten told me on Twitter that they are at 60% engineering, so they should speed through that stage and be ready for construction next year. On another...
by alexschief
April 15th, 2021, 7:13 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 32
Views: 7617

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

If you're like me and confused about how the Mayor could have the power to veto a denial of a denial of an appeal, the answer is that Minnesota law forces cities to approve or reject projects within 60 days of formal submittal, or else they are automatically approved. What the Mayor is doing here is...
by alexschief
April 12th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northside - News & General Topics
Replies: 346
Views: 113766

Re: Northside - News & General Topics

This might all go up in flames literally in the next few days. Hopefully not.
What a gross comment.