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by alexschief
May 3rd, 2021, 3:20 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Metropolitan Council
Replies: 160
Views: 21442

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: 345
Views: 112308

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: 6281

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: 6281

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: 150
Views: 53453

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: 7424

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: 190679

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: 3999

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: 3999

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: 74962

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: 7424

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: 345
Views: 112308

Re: Northside - News & General Topics

This might all go up in flames literally in the next few days. Hopefully not.
What a gross comment.
by alexschief
April 9th, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments - 110 1st Street N
Replies: 153
Views: 30484

Re: Archive Apartments (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N

Always going to be mad about the amount of parking this has, but it does look fantastic.
by alexschief
April 8th, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 639
Views: 103530

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

It always amazes me when people who agree on 90-95% of things will find that 5-10% of disagreement and use it to completely destroy their relationship, and the Minneapolis Park Board seems like an institutional version of this. Inexplicable how toxic that body is.
by alexschief
April 6th, 2021, 7:27 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 534
Views: 58432

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Yes, Minneapolis' proposed new parking regulations would... Require electric vehicle charging for new parking o 10% of spaces for residential, office, and hotel must have L2 chargers o 5% of other non-residential spaces must have L2 chargers o Most spaces will have a requirement to provide electric ...
by alexschief
April 5th, 2021, 10:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1180
Views: 208521

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

At least it'll be cheap to eventually tear down.

But if you're going to go to the trouble of redoing the building, why wouldn't you make it nice? If you're not going to make it nice, why not just embrace the bizarre faux-pagoda that exists today?
by alexschief
March 30th, 2021, 11:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 310191

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

It's pretty easy to plan a route, but based on our track record it takes way too long to go from planning to actually building these routes. In the case of the one BRT line that's almost complete (the Orange Line) and the one BRT line that's approaching engineering (I assume you're referring to the...
by alexschief
March 30th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 310191

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

I get the frustration, but at the same time I think it's important to remember that MSP does have a bunch of projects in the hopper. One LRT line is being built and another is well-advanced in planning and engineering. There's one BRT line that's almost complete, one BRT line that's approaching engi...
by alexschief
March 26th, 2021, 10:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 151
Views: 32112

Re: Tunnels!

I think it already does. My understanding is that a train every 2.5 minutes (so, 10 minute frequency on two lines) is the absolute max they can get through the downtown stoplights, hence the Blue Line frequency dropping slightly when the Green Line opened in 2014. So I guess it depends on how you d...