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by Bob Stinson's Ghost
April 17th, 2021, 2:29 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1064
Views: 174539

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: 32
Views: 7407

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: 33237

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: 33237

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: 33237

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: 33237

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: 33237

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: 33237

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: 534
Views: 58276

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: 51826

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: 69990

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: 16244

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: 1642
Views: 171714

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: 2585

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: 742

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: 2760

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: 2760

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: Nicollet-Lake Area - to Kmart...and beyond!
Replies: 428
Views: 102766

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: 9542

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: 9542

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....