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by MNdible
March 27th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1099
Views: 180422

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Anybody old enough to remember the Times Bar, that was originally located on Nicollet where the Target campus was built out? They relocated the gorgeous bar back to this location when they moved across the river -- into the old Surdyk's location.
by MNdible
March 16th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Iconic Local News Commenters
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: Iconic Local News Commenters

There's some crank that goes by Matt Steele who's all over the Strib comment section!

[I kid.]
by MNdible
March 11th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 240 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 130
Views: 42192

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'

Yeah, looks to be primarily epoxy coated rebar.

It's hard to tell from that photo if there is any post-tensioned cabling in those areas, but if you're seeing something that looks like tubing, it's possible that's what you're seeing.
by MNdible
February 28th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Nicollet-Central Streetcar
Replies: 874
Views: 90319

Re: Nicollet-Central Streetcar

But those were failures because they were built in areas with poor ridership -- this would be overlaid on a very popular existing transit service. You can argue whether or not it's worth spending the money on this project, but it's disingenuous to compare this project to something like Tampa.
by MNdible
February 18th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 126877

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Sure, and a streetcar on Broadway makes all kinds of sense. But the infrastructure and spatial demands of LRT make it a bad fit.
by MNdible
February 18th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 126877

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Note that Broadway is in fact less than 80' in width for a critical stretch, and also that you've cut the street section where there isn't a station. And the magical thinking that you can have a 10' drive lane smacked right up against the curb without accounting for the gutter and snow storage is a ...
by MNdible
February 17th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 413
Views: 81465

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

Withholding approvals because the city has a financial interest in breaking a lease is a sure way to get slapped with a lawsuit.
by MNdible
February 7th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 240 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 130
Views: 42192

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'

A little hard to tell from the picture, but if I had to guess I'd say that's a stack of concrete formwork waiting to be deployed.
by MNdible
February 5th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment
Replies: 25
Views: 6455

Re: LynLake Municipal Lot Redevelopment

They have been providing, it by paying dedicated assessments to purchase and maintain the current parking lot on this land. The city has merely facilitated this arrangement.
by MNdible
January 31st, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 83133

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

I just looked at a map, and Surdyk's is north of Hennepin Avenue, and so is therefore in Northeast.
by MNdible
January 23rd, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1023
Views: 176283

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

On one hand, I'm very excited that this connection is finally being made.

On the other hand, I don't think they could have made the connection less obvious and intuitive if they tried.
by MNdible
January 23rd, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 189
Views: 32066

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

In most taller buildings, a cast-in-place concrete elevator core is part of the lateral bracing that prevents the building from tipping over in a stiff breeze. But the steel framing of the building can do the same thing by introducing floor-to-floor diagonal bracing, or by other more complicated str...
by MNdible
January 16th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1099
Views: 180422

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Not to derail the conversation too much, but I fail to see why those who wait tables deserve to be paid more (and in some cases a lot more) than everybody else who works in the service industry and doesn't get tipped. In any case, there are obviously a lot of issues at play whenever a restaurant clo...
by MNdible
January 15th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1099
Views: 180422

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Like allowing for a tip credit?

[ducks, runs]
by MNdible
January 14th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks
Replies: 227
Views: 29992

Re: Downtown Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks

I'm not sure that I'm 100% on board with the idea, and yes, there are probably more practical things that money could be spent on. Here's what I really like about the idea, though: it creates an easily walkable loop where one currently doesn't exist. In some ways, it's duplicating the Stone Arch Bri...
by MNdible
January 6th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Walkability in Greater MN
Replies: 4
Views: 1796

Re: Walkability in Greater MN

It's an interesting question, because in many cases, the town's Main Street is one and the same as the highway that goes through town. (This isn't the case with Detroit Lakes, which makes it much easier to make the kinds of improvements you're talking about.)
by MNdible
January 3rd, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Hopkins - General Topics
Replies: 263
Views: 42173

Re: Hopkins - General Topics

Bear Cave? Isn't that a very niche target demographic?
by MNdible
December 18th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytower - McDonalds redevelopment
Replies: 26
Views: 6951

Re: Dinkytower - McDonalds redevelopment

Any word as to whether they've appealed this denial? I'm wondering if their decision to purchase the 200 Central site was at least in part a reaction to this project not being shovel ready.
by MNdible
December 7th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Zoning in Minneapolis
Replies: 285
Views: 35447

Re: Zoning in Minneapolis

Remember, though, that the units getting built in Minneapolis currently were all approved before the IZ went into effect (and there's still a modest backlog of other projects approved but not yet under construction). So if there's an impact from IZ, it won't show up in numbers until next year at the...

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