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by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 18th, 2021, 10:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West
Replies: 23
Views: 1986

Re: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West

In Tokyo the industrial parks are probably served by high speed trains. Here, ownership of a dependable late model vehicle (preferably an SUV for winter driving) is the price of admission to access the economic opportunities out on the exurban fringe.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 16th, 2021, 1:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West
Replies: 23
Views: 1986

Re: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West

Yes, of course it's going to happen because everybody seems to think that the proper place for factories is way out in the cornfields. Nobody is challenging this assumption, it's like manifest destiny. This is why Minneapolis continues to bifurcate into the haves and have nots. I've actually worked ...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 15th, 2021, 1:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West
Replies: 23
Views: 1986

Re: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West

They're not closing anytime soon, they're thriving and profitable constructing actual physical objects near the heart of a major city. They are literally doing the impossible, and doing it with style. If they left, how could we replace the economic and social benefit of that blue collar payroll? It ...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 11th, 2021, 9:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West
Replies: 23
Views: 1986

Re: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West

It's relatively small and fairly isolated from other areas of the city guided for production/industrial uses. I don't think re-designating this area away from production harms efforts to preserve and promote current and future production jobs in other parts of the city. "I love factories. Factories...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 10th, 2021, 11:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West
Replies: 23
Views: 1986

Re: Future of Graco campus - St. Anthony West

Be great if some sort of density could include industrial jobs as well somehow. I like density and housing and offices, but these places also have good jobs. Metal Matic Inc also has a large space near the river, unlike Graco theirs is a bit rundown. Yes, this does beg the question of what the prop...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
June 6th, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 995
Views: 109969

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

The cruel irony of this is that the current reform efforts are as unlikely to bring lasting change as the attempts 20 years ago. A year from now the daily operations of the MPD will be indistinguishable from the pre- George Floyd era.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
April 17th, 2021, 2:29 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1067
Views: 182255

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

In this market? If older white residents leave, younger ones will be chomping at the bit to buy their houses sight unseen.
I would love to see the next generation come in and start building equity, but I fear they'll be competing against large property management companies.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 31st, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 34
Views: 9134

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

I'm kind of curious where the snow will go now. Trucked out to a far suburb?
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 22nd, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33901

Re: Interstate 94

The National Guard used the urban interstates pretty effectively to suppress civil unrest last summer. Could they be persuaded to reduce their ability to do that?
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 22nd, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33901

Re: Interstate 94

Weren't the interstate highways originally built so we could drive tanks and missile launchers on them if the Soviet Union attacked?
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 19th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33901

Re: Interstate 94

The passenger traffic seems pretty flexible. People can switch to bikes, transit, etc. But the truck traffic is kind of built into the area right now, with the intermodal yard and the big industrial zone around 280. If the boulevard had a lot of trucks coming to a dead stop at intersections and then...
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 18th, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33901

Re: Interstate 94

What would be the plan for the semis and heavy trucks? University?
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 16th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33901

Re: Interstate 94

What if we didn't normalize a 8 minute commute from Saint Paul to Uptown? It is stupidly easy to get around by car in the twin cities.
If you'd like to make the case for slower or less travel between the two core cities you have my full attention.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
December 16th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33901

Re: Interstate 94

When I saw the initial proposals for the Green Line I was quite disappointed. It was obviously not going to provide a viable alternative to driving a car from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul. You'd need grade separated Chicago style rail to do that.
by Bob Stinson's Ghost
October 16th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Future Cars: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
Replies: 535
Views: 61178

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: 217
Views: 54337

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: 70449

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: 17104

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: 1646
Views: 176095

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: 2847

Re: Barcelona

Barcelona seizing vacant apartments:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... nd=premium