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by blo442
August 28th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 420
Views: 102558

Re: Dinkytown

A few dispatches from Dinkytown as the fall semester approaches: "Uncommon" Apartments at 1202 4th St is open. It is an "uncommon"-ly ugly building, IMHO. Lack of retail is disappointing on such a lively street. I was shocked by the complete lack of privacy and screening for the walk-up units along ...
by blo442
August 21st, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285100

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

Not really mentioned in that article but Route 63 stop consolidation is happening with the September service change as well.
by blo442
August 6th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 776
Views: 112409

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

The report assumes maintaining the corridor at 2 tracks (except potentially around Northtown Yard). BNSF lets Northstar have one track to itself in the morning/evening and runs freights on the other, creating congestion when freight trains are coming from both directions. BNSF hates the idea of midd...
by blo442
August 4th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 142791

Re: RE: Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Look at 5th St downtown as an analogue to what Broadway LRT might look like. But it doesn't have to look like that at all, right? There are lots of adjacent mostly empty parking lots to extend ROW and at pinch points we can do things like share lanes with general traffic. Sure, this could be a poss...
by blo442
August 4th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 142791

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

I know some armchair traffic engineers might take issue with this assertion, but based on conversations I've had with a rail staff person at MT, there is no E-W "over" street in North Minneapolis wide enough to accommodate at grade two-way LRT and auto traffic safely. (Except Olson Hwy but that ship...
by blo442
May 19th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1210
Views: 188233

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

I find it interesting the asseveration that Chicago's vibrancy comes from in part traffic congestion being so horrific that office workers are stuck after work buying overpriced food an beverages rather than being able to get home to their family in the suburbs. Also, on my article on the changing ...
by blo442
August 23rd, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285100

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

Also, there is a new bus counterflow lane on 28th St between 4th Ave and either Stevens Ave or 1st Ave, I forget which. Anyone know what it is for? Starting Monday until spring/summer 2020, the westbound 21/53 will detour from Lake to 28th to avoid construction at Lake and 35W. Lake will be slimmed...
by blo442
August 2nd, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285100

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

Network Next = new SIP + new aBRT Corridor Study (essentially). As for how close it gets to reality, it all depends on funding.
by blo442
July 17th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2415
Views: 285100

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

Regarding street width, operators specifically requested wider bus lanes after the first pilot. The city is interpreting this to mean 12' minimum width. With this restriction and four 10' travel lanes, the curb-to-curb width comes up 4' short, meaning only one bus lane possible. So as the reconstruc...
by blo442
July 15th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 816
Views: 103079

Re: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project

In case anyone plans to go: there will be orange foods and beverages provided. But bring your own Cheetos, those were not allowed because "the politicians might get Cheeto dust on their suits". :lol:
by blo442
June 19th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1148
Views: 142791

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Heard from a friend involved that Bottineau's project office staff are in the process of being reassigned to SWLRT and other projects. They could still be called back if BNSF changes its tune, but Metro Transit is definitely hedging their bets for if/when the project gets cancelled.
by blo442
April 22nd, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 1202 4th St SE
Replies: 10
Views: 2335

Re: 1202 4th St SE

Construction fencing went up for this one last week. Traffic has been reconfigured on this block of 4th by getting rid of the bike lane and keeping all three car lanes. Yay for complete streets.
by blo442
November 28th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 109
Views: 14222

Re: E Line ABRT

Why not option 7, but after West Lake station take Excelsior over to France ave. Then it can hit all the nodes from the other options while providing more connectivity between the LRT and Uptown. Edit: Matt beat me to it. I put this exact thought as a comment on the survey, but figured I was probab...
by blo442
October 25th, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 420
Views: 102558

Re: Dinkytown

http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/new-dinkytown-coffee-shop-will-sell-energy-drinks-mixed-with-cbd-oil/498435031 Citypages reports a weed-infused coffee shop is coming to Dinkytown next April 20. Taking Chatime's current spot. Today's issue of the Daily also picked up the story, mentioning that C...
by blo442
September 18th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bike Share
Replies: 336
Views: 54291

Re: Bike Share

The Nice Ride dockless bikes are here! Just saw three of them sitting at 4th and 15th in Dinkytown, and lots more showing up in the app, mostly around the U of M so far.
by blo442
July 25th, 2018, 7:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 42283

Re: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)

This strikes me as a pretty odd decision. There is already a Caribou in the Burger King strip mall by Huron, a University-run Caribou in the basement of Moos Tower, and a Starbucks across the street in the Graduate. Wondering if Caribou's end goal is to close the strip mall location, because it almo...
by blo442
April 11th, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Link at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE
Replies: 202
Views: 34796

Re: The Link at Prospect Park - 2929 University Ave SE

Fresh Thyme is open! Went to check it out for the grand opening this morning, first impressions are: This is fantastic for the neighborhood and the U. As a student, I will definitely do a good portion of my shopping here because of the convenience. It is a little confusing to get to the store from t...