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by Multimodal
June 15th, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 328
Views: 34346

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

That’s good, but this seems suspicious: “The agency opened itself up to the private funding through the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program, which transfers ownership of public housing buildings to a private entity. The private investors qualify for tax credits.” How does that benefit so...
by Multimodal
June 15th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 531
Views: 79175

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

Judging by the people I see in Microcenter and the products the store sells, the patrons seem to be above average wealth. There's a substantial overlap between people of above average wealth and those… … living in bright, shiny, new, expensive apartments & townhomes in Transit-Oriented Development ...
by Multimodal
June 15th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Chanhassen - Chaska - Carver County
Replies: 109
Views: 15942

Re: Chanhassen - Chaska - Carver County

It makes you realize Costco’s profitability depends not on bringing inexpensive food to the masses, but rather encouraging the well to do to overspend on giant quantities of “bargains” that they transport in their oversized vehicles (justifying owning or leasing them) to store in their oversized hou...
by Multimodal
June 15th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1024
Views: 158134

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

As always, it's wild when you compare the scale of the asks for highways versus the scale of the asks for transit, bike, and ped. Yeah, and is roadway capacity ‘strategic’ anymore? Should it be? Let’s #defundMNDOT and create a Multimodal Transportation Department instead. Too much baggage for MNDOT...
by Multimodal
June 15th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 284
Views: 49579

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

After further inspection, a couple more things: 1. “Bicycle friendly”. Why not “bicycle/ped/transit prioritized”? 2. Seems a shame there’s going to be so little retail. I get that Site C doesn’t need retail, but the frontage on Excelsior & Blake should have it. I know, I know: “retail is dead”. But ...
by Multimodal
June 14th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285165

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

To support startup firms trying to privatize transit, I can see Republicans supporting micromobility or self-driving cars/Uber.

It would be a fantastic change of heart to see them support BRT or LRT.
by Multimodal
June 14th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 531
Views: 79175

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

I don't see Micro Center choosing a smaller space. Especially not if the rent is higher and especially not if there's not lots of free surface parking. A lot of times the store is packed at it's present size. And the size is part of the attraction. Live in Chaska and need a new laptop? Drive in and...
by Multimodal
June 14th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 284
Views: 49579

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

I agree about way too much parking. But when Hennepin County has too many lanes on adjacent roadways (Blake & Excelsior) with no dedicated bus lanes, this area will continue to be all about cars, much like the next station down at 36th & Wooddale. High density, but fast, wide lanes for cars and lots...
by Multimodal
June 14th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE - St. Louis Park
Replies: 162
Views: 34177

Re: Wooddale Station Area / PLACE - St. Louis Park

Perfect location. Glad the Planning Commission approved it. Does it go to Council now, or is it done?

And, clearly, 3 stories is a skyscraper.
by Multimodal
June 2nd, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285165

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

A lot of respondents already have a monthly bus pass, and caffeine is always welcome. How about a choice of a free day pass, fee weekend pass, or $5 off a monthly pass? (It would be interesting to know what percentage of riders have monthly passes.) Or support local businesses. Much like local taxi...
by Multimodal
June 2nd, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Housing Market/Economics - General Topics
Replies: 234
Views: 30582

Re: Housing Market/Economics - General Topics

Living downtown or in denser areas isn’t just about job proximity. Some people live downtown & work in the burbs. Living in a dense area gives you walkable & bikeable amenities such as more sophisticated parks, multiple recreational trails, museums, shopping, errands, gyms, stadiums, friends, food, ...
by Multimodal
June 2nd, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 531
Views: 79175

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

Not much in the way of urbanism. Is there a drive-thru at this bank?

Why do we tolerate state highways going through our cities? Kills all possibility of having real neighborhoods.
by Multimodal
June 2nd, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285165

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

all respondents will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.
Why not receive a free all-day (or all-weekend) transit pass?
by Multimodal
June 2nd, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1210
Views: 188263

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

The Downtown Minneapolis vibrancy conundrum: http://tcbmag.com/news/articles/2020/may/the-downtown-minneapolis-vibrancy-conundrum Wow, so many great things in that article (and a few that don’t make sense). 1. Photo caption “Downtown East is another neighborhood with lots of new housing but little ...
by Multimodal
June 2nd, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Road Geek Topics
Replies: 276
Views: 37739

Re: Road Geek Topics

Constancy would be the reason. You shouldn't have to know what city you happen to be in to know what the default speed limit is. I would not be opposed to a 25 mph residential speed limit statewide, but allowing it to be different in every city is a bad idea. As for the 85% limit, there's a reason ...
by Multimodal
June 2nd, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 97
Views: 22704

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

I think the ped tunnel is useful regardless of regional connection or not. Crossing 42 on foot now sucks, but a tunnel shouldn't be used as a mitigation technique or justification for making the road faster and more dangerous. Unfortunately, that’s often the entire justification for pedestrians bri...
by Multimodal
May 6th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Road Geek Topics
Replies: 276
Views: 37739

Re: Road Geek Topics

Hallelujah. Is the 85% rule enshrined in MNDOT regulations? Can cities ignore it?
by Multimodal
May 6th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1617
Views: 165128

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

Again, this is a case where an at-grade rail crossing would make SO MUCH MORE SENSE. BNSF wouldn't allow it, and I don't blame them. Too many possible pedestrians and bikers that will try to beat the train, and these trains go up to 50 miles per hour on that segment. This rail line was built for sp...
by Multimodal
May 6th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1617
Views: 165128

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

I do wonder why they didn't consider an underpass, which could be done with far less total gradient.
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it’s usually due to water table issues.
by Multimodal
May 5th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Ayd Mill Road
Replies: 163
Views: 28431

Re: Ayd Mill Road

On the other hand, will the B Line buildout be concomitant with a repaving/rejuvenation of Selby? Then that’s the perfect time to put in bike infrastructure, too. Too often, cities & regional planning organizations plan only one mode at a time: Selby needs both transit & bikeways—and de-prioritizati...