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by VacantLuxuries
May 21st, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: 2020 Presidential Election
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: 2020 Presidential Election

Not to be a pessimist, but if Amy gets picked, I don't think we have to worry about her replacement. She didn't make enough of an impact on the country, is not ideologically different enough from Biden to make for a good ticket balance, and would be about as useless to Biden as Tim Kaine was to Clin...
by VacantLuxuries
May 14th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 2841 Hennepin - Old Chicago Boneyard Salsa a la Salsa Game Lotus Piggy Bank
Replies: 6
Views: 827

Re: 2841 Hennepin - Old Chicago Boneyard Salsa a la Salsa Game Lotus Piggy Bank

I don't think there's too much retail in Uptown. The property owners are charging too much for their retail rents because they still think they're an upscale shopping neighborhood and want to wait for another Columbia or Urban Outfitters. I imagine we're going to see a correction there soon as they'...
by VacantLuxuries
May 4th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Future of the forum
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: Future of the forum

Patreon could be a good way to establish memberships and easily connect the funds to whoever takes stewardship. I'd join in on that.
by VacantLuxuries
March 14th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Work from home and road congestion
Replies: 28
Views: 5401

Re: Work from home and road congestion

It's probably a combination of my work being something where I need long periods of uninterrupted quiet and concentration and the fact that, yeah, I've worked a lot of places where I've been expected to do that in an open office setup. I would be much happier if my default was home working and I rep...
by VacantLuxuries
March 14th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Work from home and road congestion
Replies: 28
Views: 5401

Re: Work from home and road congestion

Offices are overhead. Unless your company needs to invite clients in and impress them, office space exists to give middle managers a fiefdom to lord over and people to talk at in meetings.

Hopefully smart businesses will realize this.
by VacantLuxuries
February 25th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1549
Views: 179845

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Which is 100% the result of the property owners drinking their own kool-aid on Uptown and not pricing their rent accordingly.
by VacantLuxuries
February 21st, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 (2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 1950

Re: Hennepin County Commissioner Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 (2020)

The previous vote to give transit funding to road construction even with the current commissioner balance should give anyone pause. If Lunde does get in there and is relatively benign to city and urban issues, whatever. But don't set 'benign' as the bar, and certainly don't go campaigning for it.
by VacantLuxuries
February 17th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 413
Views: 89993

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

Who said anything about breaking a lease? Lampert or his assignee can keep leasing for pennies on the dollar. But they don't get to make changes to a property that no longer conforms to the zoning or comprehensive plan without city approval. The land is now guided Transit 15 and Destination Mixed Us...
by VacantLuxuries
February 17th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 413
Views: 89993

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

Minneapolis is also in a good position with complete ownership of the entire property. Eddie knows his real estate holdings are worth more than the stores themselves (see Rice Street Sears) and this allows the city to ultimately control the destiny of the property instead of Seritage, no matter how...
by VacantLuxuries
February 13th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 413
Views: 89993

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

Finally someone has made a map of the remaining Sears and Kmart locations nationwide through their latest announced closures. Sears/Kmart has mostly gone extinct in the midwest, and if Madison's Sears and/or Minot/Michgan's remaining Kmart go, how long could the distribution math make sense for Nic...
by VacantLuxuries
February 13th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 131714

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Or the county could just admit they screwed up, offer BNSF the crystal connection they want, and move on. If the railroad still won't budge after that then it looks far worse on them. At this point, that's a terrible trade-off. BNSF shutting down the northwest suburbs with mile-long trains going te...
by VacantLuxuries
February 13th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 131714

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Using the spur alignment was our regional leaders looking for a shortcut to the ribbon cutting in the first place. Assuming BNSF's participation was incredibly stupid and doubling down on that decision with no progress being made towards reconciliation only burnt up time and money for the project. I...
by VacantLuxuries
February 13th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 1066
Views: 131714

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Locked MSPBJ article, but it sounds like Hennepin is quietly investigating other options. I imagine they'd have been better off doing this years ago, but better late than never?

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/ ... b-for.html
by VacantLuxuries
January 29th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics
Replies: 128
Views: 30370

Re: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics

Developers must have only recently remembered Roseville exists. Another apartment project in the works in the Rosedale area:
https://finance-commerce.com/2020/01/ga ... partments/
by VacantLuxuries
January 29th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 519
Views: 74557

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

Not a lot gets proposed in this area of SLP so I've never seen Nextdoor like this. I can't imagine what it's like in Minneapolis, just a daily drumbeat of ire...
by VacantLuxuries
January 28th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 519
Views: 74557

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

Neighbor here. I'm ecstatic.
by VacantLuxuries
January 27th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Role of Visitors and Spaces for them in Cities
Replies: 15
Views: 2855

Re: Role of Visitors and Spaces for them in Cities

The Eiffel Tower wasn't commissioned by the City of Paris, it was an attraction for the Exposition Universelle. Orlando became a tourist destination because the land there cost next to nothing. Walt Disney bought cheap land in secret using holding companies and nearly single-handedly made Orlando a ...
by VacantLuxuries
January 24th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northside - General Topics
Replies: 322
Views: 86781

Re: Northside - General Topics

I've long suspected that frenetic news coverage of Crime™ is just a tool aimed at playing to the anxieties of a rich suburban demographic and/or inducing them to move farther and farther out to ever-more-unsustainable exurban distances. ("Oh my goodness, there was a shooting here in EDEN PRAIRIE th...
by VacantLuxuries
January 21st, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 380
Views: 53163

Re: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago

I think a number of transit projects got slow walked or worse when Illinois had a Republican governor in recent memory.
by VacantLuxuries
December 11th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Prospect Park - General Topics
Replies: 189
Views: 43879

Re: Prospect Park - General Topics

I think it's less likely that they're intentionally trying to hurt anyone with their site and far more likely that they're just trying to get ad revenue and the person in charge of doing so is probably five years behind online ad best practices that would better protect consumers from scummy ads. St...

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