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by bubzki2
April 26th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Carbucks
Replies: 18
Views: 3806

Re: Carbucks

What??? Need more details on this. Big if true.
by bubzki2
April 9th, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 32
Views: 7424

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

^ I could see this, actually. I still think the main reason this was denied (obviously in bad faith) was to draw attention to the real issue of housing costs. Changing the game mid-process was just wrong. Reconsidering if legally possible is actually a bit of a win-win here.
by bubzki2
April 9th, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 32
Views: 7424

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

Alatus hasn't had luck with NIMBY opposition, have they? Here the city leadership really messed up and flagrantly flouted the law to make a grand stand of sorts.
by bubzki2
March 25th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 111
Views: 21036

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

They mention why they decided to put up a fence?
by bubzki2
March 23rd, 2021, 8:12 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 95438

Re: Rochester

Rochester should try to woo a college or larger UMN campus to help its vitality (maybe they did/are trying?). But I think it's mostly just a company town stuck in its old ways and the huge upper-middle class populations and good tax revenues paper over the massive car dependency and sprawl despite a...
by bubzki2
March 23rd, 2021, 8:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Av S (Guthrie ramp liner) - AECOM / City of Lakes Community Land Trust
Replies: 77
Views: 15239

Re: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

Reduction of underground parking seems like a plus. Far more units as well. The parking ratio must have gone way, way down. Honestly, not a bad outcome even though the previous proposal had more architectural creativity.
by bubzki2
March 18th, 2021, 1:54 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 32
Views: 7424

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

Yep, and they're scheduled to take it up again April 7. In this case I don't think the developer is looking to move on, but the council in my opinion had all the information they needed to rule on this instead of laying it over. It's a site plan review in the end.
by bubzki2
March 18th, 2021, 8:31 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 32
Views: 7424

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

I am starting to get the feeling the Council is trying to kick this can as long as possible so they don't have to go on the record supporting/opposing (its site plan!). By the time they officially make up their minds the developer and its financing might have moved on. All kinds of problematic stuff...
by bubzki2
March 16th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units

St. Paul has extreme and consistent NIMBYs of all ages and demographics. Oddly both in favor and against housing. Change = bad! Too tall, too expensive, too cheap(?), neighborhood character!, too much traffic (it's already so bad!), blocks my view, blocks my sunlight, students ruin everything, I sup...
by bubzki2
March 16th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Re: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units

That surface lot was the most unpleasant place to park/hunt for parking. They might have been better off just relying on street parking at least from a convenience perspective. Not to mention the hole in the urban fabric it has created.
by bubzki2
March 8th, 2021, 4:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1115
Views: 181106

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Access-controlled roads and urban grid streets are far too often lumped together as it relates to this discussion. They are totally different beasts. Even 30 is too fast on city streets and in my opinion (and based on design speed) 55 is too slow for many freeways and it shows. Heck, have you even n...
by bubzki2
March 5th, 2021, 2:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 217
Views: 51937

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Zero need for DC fast charging in residential. DCFC is basically for highway trips and occasional use for those who don't have slower L1/L2 charging. IMO just getting circuits put in (not that expensive) and allowing for 110/220 plugs really won't add much cost at all. As usage bumps, the cost can b...
by bubzki2
March 3rd, 2021, 3:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 310200

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

DCFC (DC fast charging) charging infrastructure is a solvable issue and frankly totally separate from bus rolling stock issues. I will be looking into this more as I'm able.
by bubzki2
March 2nd, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 310200

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

Some are saying Met Council tried the locally-made (but less known) New Flyer buses and didn't have good luck with early production models. Might be shell shock from this? There are great, reliable brands other than New Flyer, such as Protera. My only other thought is maybe the corn lobby is heavily...
by bubzki2
March 2nd, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2476
Views: 310200

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

Met Council considering abandoning electrifying its bus fleet after promising it would do so back in 2018: https://www.startribune.com/biodiesel-n ... 600029359/
by bubzki2
February 10th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Civic on First - Rochester
Replies: 9
Views: 4547

Re: Civic on First - Rochester

The building is a good use of the land, but it's sort of on an island due to Civic Center and the RR tracks. I hope it leads to even more development particularly along Civic Center and maybe some ped improvements (there isn't a continuous sidewalk along this road for some reason).
by bubzki2
February 8th, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4679
Views: 467922

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

We can rightly criticize the alignment for the SWLRT. That said, from that video one can see that there are quite a few improvements to the Cedar Lake trail with grade separated crossings along the corridor. Beltline and Wooddale were both badly needed.
by bubzki2
February 5th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 32
Views: 7424

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

Planning commission again voted 8-7 to deny the site plan based (solely) on the 2040 comprehensive plan. Alatus has already announced its intention to appeal. Notable: Warner, city attorney for St. Paul, made it clear he felt there was no sound legal basis for the denial of the site plan. Will go to...
by bubzki2
January 26th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 95438

Re: Rochester

Great news -- I suppose the follow-up question is could they be repurposed in their current state for passenger rail? Perhaps a few cut and covers with existing ROW?
by bubzki2
January 25th, 2021, 9:57 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 95438

Re: Rochester

I still find the VFW project so odd in that the RR tracks just go right by it with no fencing or visual separation at all. I still hope they somehow someday can find a way to better integrate the downtown tracks snafu.