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by QuietBlue
May 17th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing
Replies: 316
Views: 22142

Re: Subsidized and/or Affordable Housing

Man, at $375,000 per unit of affordable housing built, it sure seems like we could just buy up a bunch of NOAH and hold prices at an affordable level. CommonBond (a nonprofit focused on affordable housing) bought an apartment complex in Apple Valley for $16M three years ago. At 112 units, it came t...
by QuietBlue
May 10th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 162
Views: 17240

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

There's usually plenty of parking in the MOA ramps on the upper levels, even if the roofs are closed off. It's not an issue unless it is very busy. It's not just an MOA thing, either -- at Mia, for example, people will fuss around with trying to park in the surface lot and ignore the garage that is ...
by QuietBlue
May 10th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 162
Views: 17240

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

Fair points, and I agree people talk about surface parking as convenient. But it seems like people never talk about the advantages of covered parking? No scraping snow off your car, no excessive solar heating on a hot summer day, no tree blossoms or seeds (or minimal, if in an open-air ramp), no bi...
by QuietBlue
May 7th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17265

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

xandrex wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 8:22 am
If I'm remembering correctly, they kinda let any city that was interested put their name down. Wouldn't want to hurt Ramsey's feelings, ya know?
Well, why not, given the circumstances. It was very much a "Fine, here's the proposal, whatever" type of response.
by QuietBlue
May 7th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 312
Views: 51527

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

I'm not arguing against them. I don't have an opinion about them one way or another. But I know some cities have banned them or heavily restricted them, and that could happen here too (though there would still be a market for these as homes even if they couldn't be rentals).
by QuietBlue
May 7th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 312
Views: 51527

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

Also seems like a gamble that the city won't restrict short-term rentals in the future.
by QuietBlue
May 7th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Amazon's New HQ?
Replies: 280
Views: 17265

Re: Amazon's New HQ?

Some of those proposed sites didn't make much sense and seemed to actively go against what Amazon was looking for. Elko? Come on.

That said, in hindsight, it's not like we lost out on anything.
by QuietBlue
April 16th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Spaghetti Factory to Pinstripes
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: Old Spaghetti Factory to Pinstripes

*shrug* It's outlasted many of the "better" restaurants downtown.

But I don't think anyone's claiming it's the best Italian food around or anything like that. More that it occupies a middle ground (especially for sit-down restaurants) that's disappearing fast from that particular area.
by QuietBlue
April 16th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth - General Topics
Replies: 15
Views: 3160

Re: Duluth - General Topics

I see they didn't mention that devastating flood in 2012, though, which happened in the summer. People focus on temperature too much and not enough on the other aspects of climate change.
by QuietBlue
April 15th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Spaghetti Factory to Pinstripes
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: Old Spaghetti Factory to Pinstripes

I hope it reopens elsewhere too. OSF is one of the last restaurants of its type downtown.
by QuietBlue
March 28th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 59
Views: 9078

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

That particular park has been around for a long time and always has a lot going on. The courts in question are pretty close to a few houses, but so are the rinks, ball fields, soccer fields, etc. I'm not familiar enough with pickleball to know how loud it is, but living adjacent to a major park mean...
by QuietBlue
March 27th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Cemeteries
Replies: 4
Views: 474

Re: Cemeteries

Certainly an interesting topic. I had no idea cremation had become that much more common than burial. I've sometimes wondered about the long-term situations for the older ones where there haven't been interments in generations, and what will keep them going.
by QuietBlue
March 20th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 362
Views: 45841

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

This is where I could see communal kitchens being nice amenities to have. That way residents who wouldn't necessarily want an oven every day could still use one when they wanted. Lean into the dorm concept a bit more.
by QuietBlue
March 19th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 362
Views: 45841

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

No, I get that. But I would still think that people would want to be able to occasionally bake cookies or make pizza rolls or something.
by QuietBlue
March 19th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 362
Views: 45841

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

Aesthetics aside, some of the choices they made for unit features are puzzling. Like a tub, but no oven. I think many people would rather have an oven and just a shower. Or an in-unit washer and dryer when they could have shared laundry rooms instead for the smaller apartments. It seems like the mix...
by QuietBlue
March 15th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3184

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

We’re too far along to cherry pick what we do. We have to do everything. As soon as possible. The more we do, the more normal it becomes, and the easier (politically) it becomes. Everybody has to internalize that we are all part of the solution. It’s not someone else’s job, or someone else’s projec...
by QuietBlue
March 15th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N
Replies: 43
Views: 3184

Re: TMBR - 100 3rd Ave N

And yet, if the people who live in these buildings aren't willing to make the sacrifices that will really make a difference (i.e. not flying around the world for work or vacations, not having kids, etc), a few less cars won't matter that much. Those are just deck chairs on the Titanic by comparison.
by QuietBlue
March 15th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 188
Views: 35068

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

I think there are a lot of mid-size companies like this around that are big players in their niche, but not really known about by the general public. I've seen the name once or twice, but didn't know anything else about them before this.
by QuietBlue
March 11th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1234
Views: 154158

Re: MSP Airport

I've never caught a connecting flight at MSP (obviously), but I've always thought it compared very well to others in the US. I can't think of any domestic airports that made me think they were better than MSP.
by QuietBlue
March 11th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?
Replies: 41
Views: 2616

Re: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?

In 2014, vox.com launched and became a popular source of news about national politics and policy. It was a blogging platform long before that, when it was launched in 2005 by Six Apart. It closed several years later and the domain was bought by Vox Media. Other than generally supporting increased d...

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