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by John
April 2nd, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1764
Views: 315873

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

From my balcony tonight:

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by John
February 6th, 2020, 10:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 171356

Re: Nicollet Mall

Sometimes a building looks better than the rendering , other times not so great. One thing I've noticed over the years is how frequently proposals for landscape architecture /park projects fall short of the expectations from the renderings. A lot of the issue comes down to the reality of budgetary c...
by John
February 2nd, 2020, 11:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 395
Views: 62325

Re: City Center

It looks better and gives the complex a more prominent entrance on Nicollet Mall and 7th. But why didn't they just carry this through and renovate the whole Nicollet Mall side? It certainly needs it.

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by John
December 15th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 171356

Re: Nicollet Mall

The Christmas Market should be on the Mall. Not in Peavy Plaza as it originally was (although that's better than in Loring Park), but along the length of the Mall, where it can provide a reason to stroll the length and visit the businesses (such as they are) next to it. That's a whole point of doin...
by John
December 6th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 171356

Re: Nicollet Mall

^^Putting up lights on the trees/ light posts to give the mall a more uniform seasonal appearance would go far to brighten it up. I mean , even the trees on Nicollet Ave south of Grant Street have lights on them! Many more business owners do need to step up to the plate. And there should be more coo...
by John
December 6th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 171356

Re: Nicollet Mall

I got a kick out of business owners on Nicollet complaining about the lack of holiday displays. Have they tried... their own holiday displays? I felt like the holidays were in full swing on Nicollet the past week. A comprehensive light display in the public realm ( i.e lighting up the trees on the ...
by John
December 6th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 171356

Re: Nicollet Mall

MN Fats wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Not sure what you mean, Mall of America has plenty of holiday lights... :lol:
Yeah , I guess there's no hope for the "other" mall. lol
by John
December 6th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 171356

Re: Nicollet Mall

Agree with most of your assessment of Nicollet Mall. However, right now I'm a bit peeved there's no seasonal lighting scheme spanning the mall's 12 blocks to give it a more festive, bright atmosphere for the holiday season and our darkest time of year. It currently looks pretty bleak and desolate at...
by John
October 20th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 1500 Nicollet Avenue - Dominium Development - 6 stories / 184 units
Replies: 142
Views: 36195

Re: 1500 Nicollet Avenue - Dominium Development - 6 stories / 184 units

There already is Nicollet Diner at 15th & Nicollet that is inexpensive and good neighborhood place, so wouldn't want to put them out of business. Maybe more of a convenience/deli/small grocery would do well and a smaller, sit down restaurant???? The Nicollet Diner is great. But I'm sure there's roo...
by John
October 17th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 382
Views: 55943

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

City Club CBD is really just a souped-up version of the early 20th Century residential hotels in big cities. Fine if the developer wants to build another, but just do it on a vacant lot and don't tear down any buildings with historical significance.
by John
October 15th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 1500 Nicollet Avenue - Dominium Development - 6 stories / 184 units
Replies: 142
Views: 36195

Re: 1500 Nicollet Avenue - Dominium Development - 6 stories / 184 units

The dramatic change and look along this stretch of Nicollet is still hard to get used to. But for the most part, I think it's hard to argue its not a positive for the neighborhood. I hope the retail spaces are leased to independently owned businesses. An inexpensive restaurant at the corner of 15th ...
by John
August 29th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N
Replies: 112
Views: 31840

Re: Foundry Mixed-Use Development - 115-125 1st St N, 128 2nd St N, 128 1st Av N

The eastern side of North Loop is defying the odds and evolving into downtown's 21st century walkable retail district. It appears the tipping point has happened given the latest wave of development. Pretty cool to see after 20 years of waiting patiently ( along with my late friend Allen who predicte...
by John
August 25th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 171356

Re: Nicollet Mall

Feature on the lighting: https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14200-nicollet-mall-in-minneapolis I live on Nicollet Mall and IMO the lighting is the most successful aspect of the renovation , particularly the high mast light poles. The beacons on the poles are programmable and change/altern...
by John
August 13th, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 382
Views: 55943

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

Way better than the original proposal. Something to jazz up the south side is a great idea.
by John
August 9th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 395
Views: 62325

Re: City Center

I won’t hold my breath on this one. The budget is small - given the scope of what really would need to be done to transform the dismal Mall frontage of City Center. It’s not only lipstick, but cheap lipstick at that. I don't know, The Nicollet Mall frontage has been neglected by the owners for deca...
by John
July 18th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Peavey Plaza
Replies: 232
Views: 43375

Re: Peavey Plaza

Just finished checking it out after the ceremony. It's really wonderful, the fountains are such a statement and the presence of water is invigorating. It lacks the polish of a sparkly new park but maintains the character and history of the city and architecture. Children flailed around in the now s...
by John
March 18th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 382
Views: 55943

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

Over the top and garish for Minneapolis. Love it!
by John
November 16th, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 167
Views: 34156

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')

alatusllc wrote:
November 16th, 2018, 8:21 am
I would second that....
Thanks for the coy answer. So just when does the construction begin :?:
by John
October 1st, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1108
Views: 190550

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

There are four well established, very expensive steakhouses within a few blocks of this new restaurant. Not sure if they will all be sustainable long term. Sure wish the landlords along Nicollet Mall would try to attract more diverse retail than just restaurants. I'm hoping at least The Daytons Proj...
by John
August 2nd, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 58
Views: 10738

Re: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

The AECOM and Sherman proposals are really the only two serious contenders in this RFP. If AECOM has a sound financing plan, and the pragmatic issues of building's design are well thought out, I think they have a good chance of being chosen. If that's not the case, it's a shoo-in for Sherman.

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