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by alexschief
September 16th, 2021, 10:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis City Planning Commission (meetings, agenda items, members, etc.)
Replies: 118
Views: 31672

Re: Minneapolis City Planning Commission (meetings, agenda items, members, etc.)

I think a couple things are going on here. The first is that these numbers are a bit misleading. It's good to look at them across larger time periods than just a month, or even seven months, because it's not always reliable. For instance, across just five projects that I know broke ground in the fir...
by alexschief
September 16th, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 1002
Views: 111124

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Everyone loves the dinner theater.
by alexschief
September 14th, 2021, 10:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1434
Views: 177200

Re: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT

At North Memorial, Option #2 is superior because station egress through an un-upgraded parking structure should be avoided at all costs. I guess if the pathway through the parking structure were made into a pleasant hallway like the recent MOA redesign, that would be acceptable. But because the acce...
by alexschief
September 13th, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Duffey 2.0 - 3rd St N
Replies: 40
Views: 7634

Re: Duffey 2.0 - 3rd St N

Looks like this has been submitted for final approvals. PUD with 345 combined units of housing.
by alexschief
September 10th, 2021, 12:30 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 625
Views: 187655

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

I'm not going to lie to you and say that JCFO knocked Nicollet Mall out of the park. I think there were some mistakes, especially some of the art pieces and follies that were placed along the mall. But the biggest problem with the Nicollet redesign was the client. The inability to spend money on the...
by alexschief
September 8th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 204
Views: 23892

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

I think actually Southdale is a stronger node, in terms of jobs + housing, than the South Loop/MOA area.
by alexschief
September 7th, 2021, 1:02 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 204
Views: 23892

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

That's the technical explanation, but I read the question as psychological. Places like Bloomington are full of people, but I think that people don't think of them as particularly urban, and consequently not as cities. Bloomington has some high rise office towers scattered along 494 and in the South...
by alexschief
September 4th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Car Sharing / Rental (Car2Go, HourCar, etc.)
Replies: 234
Views: 28696

Re: Car Sharing / Rental (Car2Go, HourCar, etc.)

Off the bat, one big issue with Evie is that the home area for the cars is super small. I'm sure they have plans to expand it, but the base for use is certainly pretty limited at the moment. A student at St. Kates, for instance, really can't use this service if they live near the college. Same for a...
by alexschief
September 3rd, 2021, 1:07 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Highland Bridge: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 126
Views: 37500

Re: Highland Bridge: Ford Site Redevelopment

Talking with the Pulte site foreman, the rowhomes will have EVSE availability as an option. He did not know the amperage off the top of his head. Hopefully 60 or 80, and honestly I think the feature should be standard. 5 years from now it will be. Any word about rooftop solar, whether on the townho...
by alexschief
August 20th, 2021, 7:59 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eden Prairie - General Topics
Replies: 44
Views: 9417

Re: Eden Prairie - General Topics

Sounds like they hired a Minnesota based CEO and he eventually did what all CEOs do; move the company headquarters closer to his house. Yes it really is just an address change today but I would assume any future growth on the office side will be in MN. This is probably the upshot of it. This makes f...
by alexschief
August 19th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - News & General Topics
Replies: 1047
Views: 205355

Re: Southside - News & General Topics

This one continues to drive me nuts, because the bike room is located on the opposite side of the building as a major interchange on the Greenway. It's inexplicable to me that they couldn't have put the bike room on the west side of the building, instead of the east side. It's a small issue, but it'...
by alexschief
August 19th, 2021, 8:51 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 625
Views: 187655

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

St. Paul has eliminated parking minimums . Huge W for a city that isn't known for sticking its neck out and taking risks, especially with regards to traffic and parking. This has flown under the radar a bit, but in the first half of this year, St. Paul saw more housing starts than Minneapolis. The c...
by alexschief
August 19th, 2021, 8:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder to Chicago
Replies: 476
Views: 71511

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder to Chicago

I would not take Amtrak's exact rail routings seriously. There are a lot of extremely weird choices, not just for Minnesota's routes, which suggest that they slapped that map together without closely studying the alternatives.
by alexschief
August 19th, 2021, 8:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Population / Density - General Discussion
Replies: 283
Views: 64919

Re: Minneapolis Population / Density - General Discussion

The problems with water pipelines aren't just technical, they are deeply political. Most of the Great Lakes states have been losing population to the south and southwest. It's difficult to imagine these states agreeing to send water resources to prop up the places that have spent over half a century...
by alexschief
August 19th, 2021, 8:33 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units
Replies: 21
Views: 3911

Re: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units

Happy to see this. Grand Avenue needs a ton more projects like this, there's no going back to the old half-urban/half-suburban retail model. The entire corridor has plenty of parcels that would be perfect for mid-rise apartments like this one.
by alexschief
August 17th, 2021, 8:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126214

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

So the argument is a person from Burnsville is likely to take the Orange Line to get a burrito at the Lake Street Taco Bell?
Obviously not?
by alexschief
August 16th, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 955
Views: 126214

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

Given that these ridership projections are for 2040, it's a bit weird to be talking about transfers without mentioning the B Line?

The transfer to another METRO service is what I-35 and Lake Street Station will have over the other Orange Line stations.
by alexschief
August 13th, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT
Replies: 4755
Views: 488820

Re: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT

It sort of depends on what they're actually going to build at Shady Oak. I know it's not a full maintenance facility, but I'm not super clear what the ultimate plans are there.
by alexschief
August 13th, 2021, 12:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT
Replies: 4755
Views: 488820

Re: Green Line Extension - Southwest LRT

Given what's been reported, there's going to be a funny period of this project starting maybe around early to mid 2023, where the construction on the line will be something like 95% complete, but the Kenilworth Tunnel will still be under heavy construction. I am curious if it'll be possible to shave...