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by QuietBlue
April 20th, 2021, 12:33 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 542
Views: 86521

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

Which is funny, because the rink has been operating since before most of the current residents likely moved to the area, and the building has been around longer than most people have been alive, period. Yeah, on a busy night, there was a lot of street parking, but people should have known that when ...
by QuietBlue
April 9th, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eden Prairie - General Topics
Replies: 39
Views: 7998

Re: Eden Prairie - General Topics

A suburban apartment building with little parking isn't going to get many tenants. There's the obvious getting-around-suburbia component to it, but also, there are some people who need spaces for their work vehicles too.
by QuietBlue
March 14th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1157
Views: 218567

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Best Buy is another example of a company that was remote-friendly for a long time, then wasn't after a management change. I suspect some companies will be like that in the future too. It's why I would be leery of moving too far away from an employer's office location.
by QuietBlue
March 11th, 2021, 4:39 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1157
Views: 218567

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

I believe they got much of it after Oracle bought Retek and moved them into their building, though it wasn't all at once (Ryan Companies used to have a floor it it too for their HQ).
by QuietBlue
March 11th, 2021, 12:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1157
Views: 218567

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

How do we know for sure they will keep paying the lease? Maybe they can pay a fee to break it early.
by QuietBlue
March 11th, 2021, 11:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1157
Views: 218567

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

There's been talk of them vacating City Center since I worked in their City Center offices fifteen years ago, right around the time the Brooklyn Park campus was built. This has been a long, long time coming. The main thing preventing it was departments wanting to be downtown, since everything was fo...
by QuietBlue
December 23rd, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1157
Views: 218567

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Speaking with many of my clients about future needs for office space I have gotten many interesting responses. The overall majority plan on keeping close to the same amount of space, but the spaces themselves may be changing as they figure out how to best allocate space for distancing now and in th...
by QuietBlue
November 24th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1836
Views: 354448

Re: Downtown Minneapolis - General Topics

Some of those older buildings have pretty high fees, though, to cover the increased maintenance cost (especially if it had been deferred for a while), and then there's also the increased chance of special assessments. So it can end up being a wash.
by QuietBlue
November 23rd, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1836
Views: 354448

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

That makes sense, all things considered. Most of the things people want to live downtown to be near aren't open, and right now the common areas and amenities in these buildings (if they have them) are shut down too, at least for a while. Plus, if someone can afford a downtown condo, they probably ei...
by QuietBlue
November 11th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 61
Views: 17490

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

Downtown needs more practical shopping like this, so I think it will do well.
by QuietBlue
November 4th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: George Floyd murder and aftermath
Replies: 129
Views: 7616

Re: George Floyd murder and aftermath

Whatever you think of the City Council's proposal, the Charter Commission was way out of line. They took powers that had been granted to them by circumstance, not by statute. What does this mean? Either they have the power to do something, or they don't. The City Council knows full well how the Cha...
by QuietBlue
November 3rd, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: George Floyd murder and aftermath
Replies: 129
Views: 7616

Re: George Floyd murder and aftermath

Surely it's not a mystery to anyone why they did this?
It's a mystery to me as to why they didn't foresee the inevitable outcome, unless they did so knowingly and wanted to look like they were doing something.
by QuietBlue
October 28th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Star Tribune (& other local media)
Replies: 241
Views: 28770

Re: Star Tribune (& other local media)

Honestly, City Pages hasn't been all that great in recent years. There's been some good work here and there (the story they did on the CTC, in particular, stood out), but it's definitely declined over time.
by QuietBlue
October 28th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Crime
Replies: 198
Views: 29720

Re: Crime

The 2021 city election season is going to be something, alright.
by QuietBlue
October 26th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1064
Views: 175060

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Doesn't Amazon already run charter buses to their Shakopee distribution center for their employees? I imagine they'd do that for this one too if the need arose.
by QuietBlue
October 26th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown-LynLake-Wedge - News & General Topics
Replies: 1281
Views: 200837

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

This place seemed to be on borrowed time even before this year. It was really hot 15 or so years ago, but it struck me as more about drinks and the scene rather than the food, which was better elsewhere (and probably cheaper to boot). I'd bet that many people who loved it in its prime haven't been t...
by QuietBlue
October 23rd, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown-LynLake-Wedge - News & General Topics
Replies: 1281
Views: 200837

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

It sounds funny, but consumers wanted independent and funky until they didn't and then that changed; none of the previous iterations were wrong---just not right for the present. Yeah. I'm not going to get into the whole "Uptown sucks now" argument, because that's subjective based on what people lik...
by QuietBlue
October 23rd, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1064
Views: 175060

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

I'm not sure where else something like this could go besides a suburb with a lot of open space left. Finding a site large enough with sufficient transportation access further in would be difficult, and besides, with the emphasis on converting industrial space to other uses, it's not like they're bei...
by QuietBlue
October 22nd, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Minnetonka Area – General Topics
Replies: 174
Views: 36273

Re: Minnetonka Area – General Topics

It's less than two spaces per unit, so it's reasonable for the area. People will still need to drive to places and there's no street parking around it.
by QuietBlue
October 9th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1064
Views: 175060

Re: Suburbs - General Topics

I can definitely understand the appeal of these for people who want the SFH life but don't want to commit to buying one yet (or ever). Yeah, over a long period of time, buying a home would be less expensive than renting something expensive like these, but I get the impression they're intended for pe...