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by Tom H.
April 30th, 2021, 2:16 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minnesota Representation at the Federal Level
Replies: 40
Views: 7259

Re: Minnesota Representation at the Federal Level

So, if we got the last seat, then voting for DC to become a state means voting to lose that seat? I believe the last time states were added (AK / HI), two temporary seats were added to the House and it sat at 437 members for a few years. I imagine something similar would happen here. Of course, the...
by Tom H.
April 13th, 2021, 1:21 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 995
Views: 109933

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

That "Best Fishing" category sure was a lucky draw in Game 7. Somebody better check to see if somebody froze the envelope before the "random" draw :)
by Tom H.
March 31st, 2021, 9:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 442
Views: 66624

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

Does this mean we're getting essentially 3 daily trips to Chicago under this plan? Empire Builder, 2nd daily via Madison, 3rd daily via Eau Claire? I wonder if they'll through-route NLX with any of those routings.
by Tom H.
February 8th, 2021, 12:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)
Replies: 72
Views: 15154

Re: Suburban Transit (Opt-out Services Providers)

Even prior to COVID, I assumed that SW Transit was expecting some level of ridership "cannibalization" (from their perspective) from SWLRT opening up. Probably most days commuters would choose the standard express bus option due to comfort and running time, but on days with inclement weather I could...
by Tom H.
February 8th, 2021, 12:56 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc.
Replies: 238
Views: 49656

Re: Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc.

Are the Google Earth aerial images different from the ones used in Google Maps? I'm admittedly a bit of a novice when it comes to these mapping services, but is there a way to easily tell the aerial imagery date when using Google Maps?
by Tom H.
January 28th, 2021, 2:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4694
Views: 477214

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I believe that the City of EP's long-term plan for that area foresees some partial street grid fill-in of the Emerson / Costco area, although I don't think there's any actual plan or project to accomplish that.
by Tom H.
January 22nd, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1117
Views: 187012

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

In the hypothetical world where 94 through N Mpls is removed, what do you do to the route numbering? (I like to think about these weird details.) Eliminate I-694 route number, entirety of old I-694 is now just I-94. Re-designate I-394 / remnant of old I-94 as just US-12 from Minnetonka to Oakdale. (...
by Tom H.
January 21st, 2021, 10:10 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Grandview District - Edina
Replies: 104
Views: 24384

Re: Grandview District - Edina

Is this performance art?
by Tom H.
January 10th, 2021, 1:46 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 152
Views: 34341

Re: Tunnels!

Vividly.
by Tom H.
January 5th, 2021, 3:39 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Shakopee - Savage - Prior Lake - Scott County
Replies: 29
Views: 9365

Re: Shakopee - Savage - Prior Lake - Scott County

We bought our first home about 5 years ago for just over $200k in the SW metro, and you pretty much had to put in an offer same-day to have any chance whatsoever. On several occasions, we walked through a home and before our realtor could even contact the seller, another offer had already been accep...
by Tom H.
December 22nd, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33889

Re: Interstate 94

As an actual fiscal conservative, I don't like the idea of being stuck on nightmarish traffic choked arterials with dozens of signals on my drive between downtown. Not trying to be rude or anything, but I don't think the first and second halves of this sentence have anything to do with one another....
by Tom H.
December 21st, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 255
Views: 33889

Re: Interstate 94

I believe that, when entering the metro from either the east or west on I-94, there is a sign indicating "Minneapolis / St Paul bypass use I-694", meaning that's already effectively the official routing for through traffic.
by Tom H.
December 15th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 611
Views: 178624

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

The terminology my in-laws & parents use (from well outside the metro area):

"Minneapolis" = Twin Cities metro area
"Downtown" = anything within Minneapolis / St Paul city limits
by Tom H.
November 12th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)
Replies: 283
Views: 57940

Re: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)

My understanding has also been that St Paul is by far the most successful franchise in the American Association, and looking at the league 2019 attendance figures backs that up - the Saints averaged over 8,000 fans per game, while the next highest team was at about 4,000. I'm guessing their financia...
by Tom H.
November 11th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)
Replies: 283
Views: 57940

Re: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)

Sioux Falls Stadium (where the Canaries play) is even smaller than CHS field - 4,500 seats. I'm assuming if they were selected that significant stadium upgrades would be a part of the deal.
by Tom H.
October 21st, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Seven Points Uptown (Calhoun Square)
Replies: 309
Views: 71678

Re: Calhoun Square

Doyle Lonnegan might have a thing or two to say about this faux-branding :)
by Tom H.
October 20th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth - General Topics
Replies: 43
Views: 19087

Re: Duluth - General Topics

Very similar to the old county courthouse in my hometown of Sioux Falls as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Minne ... Courthouse
by Tom H.
August 3rd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Blue Line Extension - Bottineau LRT
Replies: 1325
Views: 167812

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Does anyone know if the BNSF property in question is the entirety of the proposed BNSF co-location, or only a portion of it? It seems to be like all alternatives considered originally require some amount of BNSF co-location, especially in the vicinity of downtown Robbinsdale. I guess my dream outcom...
by Tom H.
July 7th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4694
Views: 477214

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Yep, I think SW Station is envisioned by the planners to be a "funnel" terminus for the SW suburbs along highways 5 & 212. I'm guessing, for gamedays, it will draw riders from Mankato and beyond who would rather park for free in EP than deal with traffic and parking in downtown Mpls. Of course, one ...
by Tom H.
June 18th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4694
Views: 477214

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Has there been any news on the FFGA? Seems like the timeline keeps slipping, but they stay optimistic that it will be signed soon. With construction in full swing, I'm sure that the $900mm will be needed sooner or later.