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by BigIdeasGuy
February 1st, 2017, 10:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 517
Views: 69506

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Can we all agree that new a new design for skyway sign is badly needed. The current "water" background looks incredibly dated and news to be modernized, especially now that we have both the Super Bowl and Final Four coming to town.
by BigIdeasGuy
January 27th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 848
Views: 85238

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

I'm surprised that LRT has the space to make the 90 degree turn going from Cedar on to 6th but I'll believe the experts on that. Having driven though the corner of Kellogg and 7th on many nights when there were events at the X, even when there is a less than capacity crowd, I firmly believe that the...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 12th, 2016, 10:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 576
Views: 120864

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Does anyone know why Peter Callaghan has taken on saving this elevator as his personal crusade? With as much time, energy, effort and words he has put into saving it I think he should be required to purchase it if he's successful. No one else to my knowledge has come up with anything that remotely r...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 12th, 2016, 9:28 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 785
Views: 110649

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I wasn't at the groundbreaking today but the new video the MNUFC put out today of the stadium was amazing. It's going to be a massive net positive for all parties. Here is my current read on the ongoing redevelopment saga. I have zero inside information so I'm just taking an educated guess based off...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 29th, 2016, 7:40 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 785
Views: 110649

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I think the revised renderings, especially the lowered north facade does a better job meeting the plazas at a human scale. The original rendering with the stairs the exterior just kinda loomed over everything now it does a better job inviting and welcoming people in. The one thing I certainly prefer...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 21st, 2016, 9:07 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Armory
Replies: 361
Views: 52879

Re: Minneapolis Armory

I'm by no means the biggest historic preservationist on this board but there is enough in this plan where the city should just say no and force Swervo to either make changes or walk away. The second parking level is straight up acceptable and the elevator overrun is just as bad. If Swervo were to co...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 8th, 2016, 8:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: CPM 16-Story Apartment Proposal - 1315-19 4th St SE (Mesa/Camdi/Chatime site)
Replies: 83
Views: 6562

Re: CPM 16-Story Apartment Proposal - 1315-19 4th St SE (Mesa/Camdi/Chatime site)

I have a hard time understanding why 30, 40, 50, 60 somethings should get to dictate what the college student experience should be today. Yeah I understand that's how you remember Dinkytown but that's what you and your friends made it not some 30, 40, 50 60 something when you were in college. Now yo...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 1st, 2016, 7:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 113015

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Agreed. With what Opus has been building lately, a full-block, underground project would have wound up being basically Latitude 45, but on all four block faces. Leaving half the block open also leaves the opportunity open for Opus to get a better architect and do a better job on the other half, or,...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 17th, 2016, 11:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2079
Views: 73905

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium

I don’t sycophantically defend the Wilfs, I think they did what they had to do to keep pro-football in Minnesota and think the unbalanced attacks on them ooze provincial anti-Semitism. Prove it. Rip the team and Wilfs on one thing. Simply one. Major, minor I don't care just come up with one thing t...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 17th, 2016, 11:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2079
Views: 73905

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium

If you look back through his posts there are occasional criticisms. He just very strongly believes that the stadium was the catalyst for all new DTE redevelopment and that the Wilfs are perceived as uniquely bad when actually they are average NFL owners and the financing of our stadium was pretty m...
by BigIdeasGuy
September 17th, 2016, 8:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2079
Views: 73905

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium

I don’t sycophantically defend the Wilfs, I think they did what they had to do to keep pro-football in Minnesota and think the unbalanced attacks on them ooze provincial anti-Semitism. Prove it. Rip the team and Wilfs on one thing. Simply one. Major, minor I don't care just come up with one thing t...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 14th, 2016, 7:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 113015

Re: 365 Nicollet - (Opus Ritz block)

I'm not saying Opus needed to build a new tallest or even anything to complete with the current big 3, I would just like something with ambition. If this was 40-45 stories with the same design I would feel 100% different about the project. I'm not a height for the sake of height guy, I'm a big, bold...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 13th, 2016, 11:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 113015

Re: 365 Nicollet - (Opus Ritz block)

I get the supply and demand part of it but can you find a parcel on a map of DT that is a logical place for a 30 plus story building. Nothing jumps out to me
by BigIdeasGuy
August 13th, 2016, 7:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 113015

Re: 365 Nicollet - (Opus Ritz block)

I know I said this already on this thread but I'm disappointed this thing hasn't died. Not because the architecture, which I like, not because the street level retail is underwhelming, although it is, but simply because this project lacks any grand vision or ambition. This is the single most develop...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 17th, 2016, 10:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Corridor Development & MinHi Line
Replies: 214
Views: 59107

Re: Hiawatha Avenue Grain Elevators & Freight Rail Corridor

It is really too bad that they cannot think of a better solution for this property. Yes it is a difficult site, but try and get creative. Icehouse/Vertical Endeavors was renovated from a brick structure that formerly stored blocks of ice from Cedar Lake. The Mill City Museum and offices came from t...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 21st, 2016, 9:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)
Replies: 717
Views: 61552

Re: Minnesota Transportation Funding (General)

I'm confused what new money could be used to expand LRT? Because the way I'm reading answer in basically zero. Then on top of that CBIT is now responsible for 100% of the operating cost of LRT with the same amount of money going forward.
by BigIdeasGuy
May 21st, 2016, 10:34 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Fantasy maps
Replies: 203
Views: 40693

Re: Fantasy maps

The Twin Cities express , appearing as part of Green on the map, is an express service between the downtowns and would be realized as either I-94 median rail or some kind of crazy beefing up of the Central corridor (think underpasses, CBTC, and more crossovers) that would permit an express service ...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 13th, 2016, 2:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 848
Views: 85238

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

Looking at the route I think it makes a ton of sense in a lot of different ways but there are a few things that leave me scratching my head. Is there really enough space for therm to make the 90 degree turn from Cedar to 6th? This seems like it would be super tight if it's even possible at all. I ca...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 13th, 2016, 8:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium LRT Station, Ped Bridge & Plaza (MSFA block)
Replies: 466
Views: 55876

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

This is more of an LRT question but how long and how much would it take to convert the station from side platforms to a center platform?
by BigIdeasGuy
April 8th, 2016, 9:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 2022
Views: 280276

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

I feel like this proposal is one or two changes away from being truly great. To me it lacks some grace as it comes towards the crown and spire. It just feels boxy compared to elegant. I would also like to see floors continue up towards the spire tapering compared to the current glass "crown". I'm no...