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Nick Magrino

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 10/23/14 at 07:00 pm in response to Savoring our axial views

When I was a wee teenager in St. Louis Park, I always got a kick out of being able to see Downtown St. Paul off in the distance looking east down Minnetonka Boulevard. Views are okay. I recently moved into a 20th story apartment facing the Minneapolis skyline, and while it was dynamite for at least a couple weeks and I still like bringing people over to show it off, it feels like a bit of a desktop background after a couple months. It's worth $100/month extra in rent for a bit, I guess, but...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 05:24 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

Yeah I mean this is basically a recap of a short, in-person debate that happened a couple of weeks ago. There are many more things to be said. In any case, you may want to check the link with the Reagan anecdote, and also, remember not to confuse streetcars, light rail, and heavy rail. An experience using the DC Metro isn't really comparable to a Minneapolis streetcar or our existing light rail lines.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 06:05 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

*I'm not funny, unfortunately.

I'd always heard the opposite due to favorable geology--limestone over sandstone? the river seems to drill through it easily enough--though I'm not sure about the water table. Both downtowns sit on bluffs above the river.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 06:11 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

Eh, I dunno, self-driving cars have been just over the horizon sitting next to fusion power for ages. In any case, I don't know that making it easier to drive is really going to further the rest of our goals. In particular, auto-oriented land use is probably the single biggest factor underlying many of our biggest issues as a country.

Posted on 10/15/14 at 12:30 am in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

It would be expensive, but you certainly don't want to use the Second Avenue Subway as a barometer for construction costs. This:

http://gizmodo.com/the-colossal-railway-thats-quietly-taking-shape-120-f...

...is not what we would be building under Nicollet Mall. I'm trying to ignore Europe...

Posted on 09/08/14 at 04:37 pm in response to Transit planning ‘debacles’ and the subway option

Just as a general note about the Green Line, it's kinda nuts how many people have been a part of the following conversation without pointing out how silly it is:

"The Green Line is considerably slower than it was advertised as when we bought it."

"It doesn't matter, hardly anyone is taking the line from end to end."

...what? If the line is slower than it's supposed to be, that impacts everyone who uses it, regardless of whether or not they're going from end to end or...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 12:15 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

Matt, here's something I wrote a while back with some thoughts about gentrification:

http://www.minnpost.com/minnesota-blog-cabin/2013/06/if-not-gentrificati...

I'm still not clear what alternative to gentrification we have that would be better, in the grand scheme of things.

And, to put it...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 12:24 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

CJ, I understand the concern--I think I'm lucky that I'm in one of the very few buildings that does kind of fall into that donut hole. There's not much space in the market between $600/month and $1600/month. I think people who are smarter than me would attribute that to the relative lack of development in the past couple decades, until recently. As a rule, new construction is expensive and older construction is less expensive. But we didn't build very much in the past couple decades and so...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 12:40 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

I dunno Ray, that depends. I'm a renter by choice, though I'm not paying rents anywhere near as high as some of the examples in the post. I could probably afford to buy somewhere in the City--like, south of Lake Street.

I think a lot of twentysomethings like myself grew up hearing how buying a house was such a great investment and so on and so forth, and then saw lots of adults suddenly end up $200,000 underwater after six months of a recession. Without even accounting for the cost of...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 01:02 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

Sounds like most of these things are voluntary and so, you know, not necessarily comparable to slavery. The unemployment rate for the Twin Cities metro is four percent:

http://www.startribune.com/business/265471401.html

...which sounds pretty healthy to me, and is in fact right about what's considered "full" employment:

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