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by martykoessel
August 26th, 2021, 10:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park
Replies: 198
Views: 47236

Re: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park

That is a good read! Now I’ll be even sadder to look at that ex-KMart parking lot.
by martykoessel
August 20th, 2021, 2:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom
Replies: 213
Views: 40549

Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

That’s true. Even if starting with the old structure is a big hindrance, just a better color palette would help. OTOH, outside of the main branch downtown, I’m not coming up with a single local PO building that doesn’t range from bland to horrible architecturally. The USPS is to architecture what sc...
by martykoessel
August 20th, 2021, 1:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Population / Density - General Discussion
Replies: 283
Views: 64924

Re: Minneapolis Population / Density - General Discussion

Yes, I’m an inline skater, and despite enjoying Philly a lot, the park trails here were infinitely better for moving along on wheels. Philly often became a sort of obstacle course, even along the Schuykill River.
by martykoessel
August 20th, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom
Replies: 213
Views: 40549

Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Yeah, it's ugly as sin, but until the USPS is adequately funded, we can't expect it to put an extra cent into design. Everything they do nowadays is bare bones. A lot of taxpayers would scream bloody murder if the USPS "wasted" money on a nice building.
by martykoessel
August 20th, 2021, 9:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Population / Density - General Discussion
Replies: 283
Views: 64924

Re: Minneapolis Population / Density - General Discussion

I like Philly. Also, we need to focus on water management issues here in the Twin Cities, too, and in Minnesota as a whole. There's not a lot of room for smugness. My visits to Phoenix haven't ever made me want to live there, but its metro area has made impressive strides in planning for water short...
by martykoessel
August 2nd, 2021, 1:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1917
Views: 378461

Re: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics

Minneapolis 2040 Option 1: Minneapolis has evolved into a place with reduced office activity but much more residential life, with shopping, restaurants, and entertainment oriented toward the residents and those who come into the city to enjoy the activity. Option 2: Office activity diminishes, resi...
by martykoessel
July 27th, 2021, 4:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1917
Views: 378461

Re: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics

Perhaps the irate back and forth is nothing more than an indicator of how on edge we all still are.
by martykoessel
July 14th, 2021, 7:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1917
Views: 378461

Re: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics

That’s good to hear. And you’re seeing this in the core, not just the Mill District and North Loop?
by martykoessel
July 14th, 2021, 4:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1917
Views: 378461

Re: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics

A plan to ‘reanimate’ downtown’s Nicollet Mall Great to see business leaders step up here. It will be hard to make downtown vibrant again without more downtown workers coming back, but OTOH if these groups can do some programming to make nicollet less dead it will hopefully entice more office worke...
by martykoessel
June 25th, 2021, 5:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Hotel News
Replies: 238
Views: 88731

Re: Downtown Hotel News

I wonder if government or non-profit agencies are exploring the purchase of any of the less successful hotels for conversion into affordable housing. This was done with the University Inn near the U, and it doesn't seem a bad use for the old Sheraton near the Midtown Market. Would any of the downtow...
by martykoessel
June 25th, 2021, 4:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Corridor - General Topics
Replies: 243
Views: 80958

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Corridor - General Topics

I love that dentist's office building, hate to see it torn down and redeveloped. Enough traffic yet to make it back into a coffee shop?
I agree! I like this building, and having it tucked into the neighborhood is enjoyable. Variety is the spice of life.
by martykoessel
June 7th, 2021, 2:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment
Replies: 48
Views: 16717

Re: Dinky "tower" - McDonalds redevelopment

Yeah, a seven-story building fully filling a lot can feel much more oppressive than a significantly taller building that blesses some frontage with two- or three-story elements...or a little landscaped area. Residents fighting height without considering density can end up shooting themselves in the ...
by martykoessel
June 4th, 2021, 3:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: O2 - Washington/Portland Mixed Use - 20 stories - 226'
Replies: 85
Views: 21553

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 20 stories - 226'

Will the new fire station be built before the old one is torn down, much like the Larking managed the Wells Fargo branch?
by martykoessel
June 4th, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: St. Olaf Church Affordable Housing - 800 3rd Ave S & 825 2nd Ave S
Replies: 28
Views: 4879

Re: St. Olaf Church Affordable Housing - 800 3rd Ave S & 825 2nd Ave S

In the original version, about 120 units were planned for a renovation and expansion of the brick building to the south of St. Olaf, with additional units in a new building on the current parking lot. If that’s still true, the 20-story building site would be somewhat less packed.
by martykoessel
March 17th, 2021, 3:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Malcolm Yards food hall, apartments
Replies: 18
Views: 8656

Re: Malcolm Yards Phase One (food hall, apartment buildings, grocery store)

And the new O'Shaughnessy Distillery is due to open near Surly within the next couple of months. It's a good things there's an LRT station nearby!
by martykoessel
February 18th, 2021, 4:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 659
Views: 114479

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Is there a racial aspect to this issue? Is the course heavily used by people of color? I've seen lots of Save the Hiawatha Course signs near the golf course itself, but given the neighborhood, my assumption would be that these would be nearly all white households.
by martykoessel
February 9th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1917
Views: 378461

Re: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'

(I agree this is O/T at this point) Counterpoint - farmers markets are not Costcos and nobody shops at a farmers market like they do regular suburban grocery stores. Like many other city amenities, visitors are envisioned to be from the dense neighborhoods surrounding it or are visitors who will ha...
by martykoessel
February 9th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1917
Views: 378461

Re: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'

This isn't really an RBC Gateway topic anymore, is it? That said, the idea of a year-round, indoor marketplace at the central PO is enticing. I've sometimes thought that the best place to start would be in the southernmost, smaller structure, since this might be compatible with downsized operations ...
by martykoessel
February 9th, 2021, 9:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Elliot Park
Replies: 99
Views: 28182

Re: Elliot Park

A couple of comments on this one: --The Elliot Park neighborhood's biggest disadvantage vis-a-vis other downtown neighborhoods is the bleakness of the blocks between it and the downtown core. It feels more apart than it really is. Also, the neighborhood is relatively poor and feels it. As those blea...
by martykoessel
July 11th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Stadium Village
Replies: 152
Views: 77853

Re: Stadium Village

A couple photos of progress over at SE 26th and Essex:

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It’ll be rough if no students show up this fall to fill up these and other places.