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by Bob Stinson's Ghost
October 16th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 539
Views: 55048

Re: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

The biggest obstacle to transitioning away from gasoline powered transportation is the fact that oil is priced and traded in dollars. This gives the US a lot of global clout which our leaders are unwilling to surrender. Protecting the the supply of oil provides a rationale for maintaining our gigant...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
September 18th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 205
Views: 43543

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I've often wondered about the economics of building parking space in an apartment building. Is the ROIC greater on a square foot of leasable apartment or a square foot of parking? When developers vigorously pat themselves on the back for building less parking are they really just congratulating them...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
August 14th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Theater Garage Marquee Apartments - (Franklin & Lyndale)
Replies: 550
Views: 68558

Re: Theater Garage Marquee Apartments - (Franklin & Lyndale)

I want to know more about the “cave-in deep below the surface”.

I wonder if the unstable subsurface conditions extend north of Franklin to the Vision Loss Resources site.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
August 4th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Seven Corners Gateway - Apartments & Hotel
Replies: 56
Views: 15425

Re: Seven Corners Gateway - Apartments & Hotel

These things always terrify me when they're at that stage. It's like Burning Man, just a big assembly of sticks, with plenty of openings for airflow.

Hopefully the insurance companies will shorten the leash. If not, state and local government needs to act.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 30th, 2020, 9:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1621
Views: 165876

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

"Concerned Citizens" armed with a digging bar and a cordless angle grinder could remedy that in about a half hour. There would be noise and sparks, but if you wore orange vests and hardhats I doubt anybody would suspect it was an ad-hoc action.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 16th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Cities Around the World
Topic: Barcelona
Replies: 2
Views: 2513

Re: Barcelona

Barcelona seizing vacant apartments:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... nd=premium
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 15th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Public Street Blocked by Residents
Replies: 14
Views: 658

Re: Public Street Blocked by Residents

Single cop patrols were tried for a while and it was discovered that they behave even crazier when they're alone, so they went back to the buddy system.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 2nd, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake and Fremont - 15 stories
Replies: 20
Views: 2609

Re: Lake and Fremont - 15 stories

Not trying to take a poke at anything or anyone other than the generous parking allocation. I will admit that seeing people living in tents perhaps 3 blocks from this site on the Greenway (and the general profusion of tents) has had a bit of an effect on me. I'm fine with bulky buildings if they kee...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
July 2nd, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake and Fremont - 15 stories
Replies: 20
Views: 2609

Re: Lake and Fremont - 15 stories

Maybe homeless people could pitch tents in the unused parking spaces?
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 2nd, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 422
Views: 94940

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

No visible damage to K-mart when viewed from Lake Street.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
April 30th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Not-TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 60
Views: 9362

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

At this stage building a pioneering high rise mass timber building is an extremely risky venture, but it looks to be greenest option by far for building that level of density. We need to get a few of these up and study them in the real world. Personally, I'd support some level of public subsidy to d...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
April 29th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Not-TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 60
Views: 9362

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

If you travel west of Minneapolis you will need to go to Denver Colorado before any built environment resembling; car free, upwardly mobile, desirable can be found. Minneapolis has the task to be the catchment for all those individuals from areas where any significant change is too far to envision....
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
April 28th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Not-TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 60
Views: 9362

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

I just went back and reread this thread. So much discussion of cars and parking, but very little about the value of carbon sequestration in the structure. Maybe someday proposals will be required to provide an estimate of fossil fuel consumption and emissions required to build them. Perhaps this wou...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
February 27th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 889
Views: 99998

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

Completely uninformed opinion: no way will this get built as rail.
Are you thinking we've passed "peak streetcar"? Or are you just thinking the projected ridership doesn't justify it?
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
February 25th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1550
Views: 185827

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Recreational dispensary? Maybe next year?

Seriously, you have to literally make money hand over fist every single day to pay the fixed costs of operating in a brand new storefront in the heart of uptown.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
February 21st, 2020, 10:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 39
Views: 10011

Re: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin

I'd have to agree that the current design looks like a cash cow. If I were an investor living in Florida I would be head over heels in love with it.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
January 21st, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 403
Views: 58204

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Also note that after you arrive at Ohare you still have to get downtown, but when you get off the train you already *are* downtown.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 11th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 200 Central (2019) - 293' / 27 Stories
Replies: 38
Views: 12822

Re: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories

Wedge-live guy seems kinda grumpy they didn't go ahead with the condos for millionaires.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 11th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Prospect Park - General Topics
Replies: 192
Views: 46675

Re: Prospect Park - General Topics

I found it by accident. All I wanted to do was open the picture in a new tab so I could zoom it. When a site disables that I always get interested.

IOS appears unaffected, not sure about Android.