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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: 100
Views: 17054

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: 1365
Views: 152653

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: 375
Views: 49962

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: 384
Views: 53170

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: 42223

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: 375
Views: 49962

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: 159
Views: 26380

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: 1012
Views: 152923

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: 10030

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.
by John
July 11th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 58
Views: 10030

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

Agree, the Sherman proposal is nice and if its chosen that's fine. As far as the trees in the pocket gardens of AECOM, they would be consistently be well maintained by the condo association, with the species carefully chosen to be hardy enough to thrive in their constrained environment. It will be l...
by John
July 11th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 58
Views: 10030

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

AECOM's proposal is very innovative and creates a unique architectural design for Washington Ave. Plus having a residential project that's home ownership creates more diversity in the housing stock in a downtown that's so heavily rental. Kind of hate to say it, but Washington Ave ( and downtown for ...
by John
July 2nd, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152653

Re: Nicollet Mall

I think its a mixed bag of some things better and other elements not as nice. Yet that was true with the previous two versions of the mall. Definitely would have been better if they were able to afford the more elaborate pavers that were initially proposed. A budget of 50 million dollars doesn't go ...
by John
June 20th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 159
Views: 26380

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

^^Having the stable and wealthy firm RBC sign on as anchor office tenant for The Gateway Project was a huge step in getting that project to move forward. I give UP a lot of credit for their perseverance in working out such a great proposal for this complicated site.
by John
June 18th, 2018, 11:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Mozaic (all phases)
Replies: 581
Views: 72693

Re: Mozaic (all phases)

^^The panels change color/tonality as you pass by it along the Greenway. It's rather unique and really fun to look at.
by John
June 5th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 159
Views: 26380

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (31 stories - ~350'/415')

Beautiful tower that works well at both the base and on the skyline. Great addition to downtown Minneapolis.
by John
June 4th, 2018, 3:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152653

Re: Nicollet Mall

It'd be so easy to fix... Wrapping poles in brighter colors, more storefront having garden spaces, MORE GLASS (honestly, glass can be many colors and they'd break up the tans, grays and browns. Good suggestions! And frankly , filling all those empty storefronts between 8th and 5th streets would be ...
by John
May 25th, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152653

Re: Nicollet Mall

The leaves are really filling in now after the water has been turned on. Rain helped too. Happily, some of the trees have revived. However, I'm still noticing quite a few dead or visibly distressed ones, although I'm guessing some of that should be expected the first year given transplant "shock". ...
by John
May 17th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152653

Re: Nicollet Mall

Those Birch are probably not exposed to as much salt. I guess there's some warranty on the trees so they can be replaced. Maybe they should just stick with the known, and plant trees that can definitely withstand the harsher conditions along Nicollet Mall.
by John
May 17th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152653

Re: Nicollet Mall

^^I spoke with a gentleman taking soil samples along the mall today, and he suspects the Birch (and other distressed plants) are not tolerant of all the salt used during the winter months. He added that they are not likely to thrive in such an intensely urban environment. I guess I'm not sure why th...
by John
May 16th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152653

Re: Nicollet Mall

What's up with all the trees between 8th and 12th street? The vast majority of them look like they're dead or dying! I haven't been north of 8th street for awhile. Hope that's not happening up there. Really sad. :(

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