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by Chef
October 15th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)
Replies: 467
Views: 72822

Re: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)

I've been in there a few times. It seemed to me that most of the luxury finishes in the building are just cheap, flimsy veneer and are already aging poorly.
by Chef
September 30th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 139
Views: 11387

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Wow! It's worse in just about every way! Goes to show you that democracy is still accessible to wealthy landowners just like the founding fathers wanted. The plan is still a huge improvement over the status quo, but it's disappointing to see concessions being made entirely in the regressive suburba...
by Chef
September 14th, 2018, 10:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 1202 4th St SE
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: 1202 4th St SE

Quarter block but it's still a horrible project so far. 300+ beds but chalked full of amenities (waaay too many). This should have retail and just a basic lobby. We're trying to get cheaper houses here all. They are replacing a significant chunk of naturally occurring affordable housing with someth...
by Chef
September 14th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 1202 4th St SE
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: 1202 4th St SE

I'm not sure this in an improvement. They are removing fine grained urbanism and replacing it with a half block project.
by Chef
August 12th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 899
Views: 113249

Re: Southside - General Topics

Generally the size of the menu is driven by sales volume. A small place can't afford to have a large menu because they won't go through each prepped and purchased item fast enough to keep it fresh. Strategically, for the chef, it is a question of having maybe 250 ingredients and going through each b...
by Chef
August 10th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

What really gets me is that the City (planners, Planning Commissioners, City Council) probably already knew all of these lessons in the late 90s when these buildings were being designed. I'm pretty sure people knew about good urbanism and storefronts before the 2010s, but these 3 buildings still go...
by Chef
August 9th, 2018, 9:45 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: US Congress and MN House Elections 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: US Congress and MN House Elections 2018

Yeah, Kader was the other one I was thinking about voting for. I get the impression that either her or Fateh would be great representatives. I am having a hard time narrowing it down between the two.
by Chef
August 9th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'
Replies: 54
Views: 6007

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 18-20 stories

A lot of the Victorian ornamentation wasn't well suited to our climate. A friend of mine was almost hit by a several ton piece of the facade that fell off the building next to It's Greek To Me, in Lynlake in the early '90s. The building was torn down soon after. I know that this has happened several...
by Chef
August 8th, 2018, 11:12 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: US Congress and MN House Elections 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: US Congress and MN House Elections 2018

Does anyone have any thoughts on House District 62A? I imagine a lot of posters here live in it. With Karen Clark retiring it is wide open. I'm trying to figure out who I should vote for in the primary. A lot of the DFL candidates look appealing on paper but right now I am leaning towards Omar Fateh...
by Chef
July 30th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 543
Views: 72696

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Didn't they tear down an entire block of apartment buildings to make room for that parking lot?
by Chef
July 28th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1746
Views: 191571

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'

I think part of the problem is that Duval gave us a really pretty picture, and that set the bar for what we expected here. But that was never going to get built. It was a publicity stunt. Duval isn't a developer of projects like this. The real demand for space at this location is obviously far less ...
by Chef
July 27th, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1746
Views: 191571

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'

Is it possible that the city (and internet posters) have overestimated how "iconic" this intersection really is? This has been a vacant lot for decades. The lot across the street is vacant. Kitty corner was an abandoned car dealership and then people were angry when the project that went in was only...
by Chef
July 23rd, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: City living trends and predictions
Replies: 125
Views: 11637

Re: City living trends and predictions

On the subject of ridesharing, it is important to remember that Uber and Lyft have never turned a profit and are not close to turning a profit. Currently they are using venture capital to subsidize cheap rides. That probably isn't a viable long term business strategy. Also they are using the indepen...
by Chef
July 22nd, 2018, 11:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 139
Views: 11387

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

It is possible that fourplexes everywhere was never the ultimate goal, but rather an aggressive proposal that would allow their real goal to be presented as the compromise. Probably upzoning along transit corridors and arterials and a weakening of parking requirements.
by Chef
July 12th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Smith Lot - 5th Ave and 7th St - Micro Apartments and Diner
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

Re: Thrivent Smith Lot - 5th Ave and 7th St - Micro Apartments and Diner

It will be easy to tear down if somebody wants to build higher in the future.
by Chef
July 1st, 2018, 9:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

Squidward wrote:
June 8th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Am I the only one who thinks this lacks the punch of a $50M+ project? It's basically a glorified bus route
It is clearly a downgrade from what was there before. Doing nothing would have been better. The mall has become less attractive with each update.
by Chef
June 14th, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 188
Views: 17060

Re: Arby’s Island

A Burger King with a disco, like in Paris.
by Chef
June 6th, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections
Replies: 172
Views: 14710

Re: Latest Census Estimates and Met Council Projections

In theory, the first areas to be impacted by the die off of the baby boomers would be retirement areas, because that will be where most of them are when they die, but those are also areas that have had high immigration. One element of immigration that doesn't get talked about much is the fact that L...
by Chef
June 6th, 2018, 10:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 188
Views: 17060

Re: Arby’s Island

They should put the old Arby's sign on top of it.

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