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by QuietBlue
January 14th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington - General Topics
Replies: 260
Views: 21805

Re: Bloomington - General Topics

The report mentions the reduced demand for office space since the original project was proposed, but I thought this particular area still had strong demand and was charging somewhat higher rates than other suburban office parks.
by QuietBlue
January 9th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 203785

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

It's a little weird that the Gold Medal Flour and Grain Belt beer signs are beloved all around, and at least in the case of the Gold Medal Flour sign must have received public money to still be there, but no, we can't have any more. Yeah, I have no opinion on the overall merits of this project one ...
by QuietBlue
January 8th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 958
Views: 138753

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

It makes sense to keep them there given that's where they started. But yeah, it is cheaper too. One article I read said that the average salary would be $48K, which goes a lot farther in AL than it does here.
by QuietBlue
January 4th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 490
Views: 92473

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Don't get me wrong; I think they should attempt to mitigate the odor if it is reasonable for them to do so. I'm not advocating for them to just do whatever they want. But this is an existing industrial area, and has been for a long time, so people need to keep their expectations in check. Cities nee...
by QuietBlue
January 4th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 490
Views: 92473

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Industrial areas sometimes smell. It's almost like people used to not live by them or something.
by QuietBlue
January 3rd, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 949
Views: 121522

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Von Maur might work there, and they've said that they want to open more stores in this market (plus they tend to follow in the wake of other closed department stores). I can't think of any others offhand, though. Department stores in general are just not the big deals they were in 1992, especially w...
by QuietBlue
December 28th, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 949
Views: 121522

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Bass would be a great replacement. They could probably fill all of the space and it would be something that the MOA doesn't already have. There would be a bit of overlap with places like L.L. Bean and the other outdoor retailers, but OTOH I could also see those stores benefiting from all the custome...
by QuietBlue
December 28th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 156
Views: 29805

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

*shrug* They're just really limited in what they could do there even if they wanted a different approach. It's walled in by two freeways and a river valley, dominated by the MOA, and has the airport directly north of it that creates some additional limits.
by QuietBlue
December 27th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development
Replies: 156
Views: 29805

Re: Bloomington Central Station & South Loop Development

Awfully hard to enhance something that doesn't exist to begin with.
by QuietBlue
December 20th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 992
Views: 142882

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

That reminds me that I'm still grumpy about SHOUT! House closing.
by QuietBlue
December 18th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 992
Views: 142882

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

mattaudio wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 10:17 pm
I've had a late night Block E Jimmy John's on quite a few occasions. Yes, let's get more fast casual open in the evenings... but who really wants chains?
I don't think people want chains per se, but Downtown is expensive for the independents, which is why so many of them have such limited hours.
by QuietBlue
December 17th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 992
Views: 142882

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

I've thought about for about five minutes, and I don't get how avoiding fast food for "healthy eating" is funny. And I like to mock and ridicule just as much as the next guy. From the article: "Some will call the development a sign of improving tastes and healthier eating. But fast food giants are ...
by QuietBlue
December 17th, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 992
Views: 142882

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

I liked the article's dig on "healthy eating". I always laugh a bit when people say they are avoiding fast food because of that. :)
by QuietBlue
December 13th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News
Replies: 175
Views: 22542

Re: Suburban Malls and Associated Retail News

They certainly are putting in a lot of effort. I don't think any of these things individually would be enough (maybe the apartments), but together I think they will make a big difference. I've been in there several times this year and it already both looks and feels much better than it used to. Othe...
by QuietBlue
December 11th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 372861

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

While I don't see the ABC ramps going away, what if we required that "people who park" pay the cost of their parking rather than paying for parking ramps with federal dollars under BS program names that include the phrase "congestion mitigation and air quality?" I dunno. *shrug* If the city wants t...
by QuietBlue
December 11th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4337
Views: 372861

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

A lot of people from other parts of the metro use those ramps too, not just drivers coming from the west. I use them when attending events at Target Center/Field or at one of the theaters on Hennepin, and I come from the south.
by QuietBlue
December 4th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth Residential Tower (15 stories)
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: Duluth Residential Tower (15 stories)

If the building owner allows it. Plus I know in the past Duluth capped vacation rentals at a rather low number, though there was talk of raising it.
by QuietBlue
December 3rd, 2018, 10:21 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017
Replies: 379
Views: 20586

Re: Minneapolis Mayoral Election 2017

I think it could have been, if he wanted it to be, but he seems to be ignoring it, at least in public. He mentioned it in a few speeches and interviews over the summer, but recently, when the actual voting's been happening, and judicious use of the bully pulpit maybe could have kept Lisa Goodman an...
by QuietBlue
December 3rd, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth Residential Tower (15 stories)
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: Duluth Residential Tower (15 stories)

More residential development in downtown Duluth is good, but the motel seems like it is heavily used and I imagine some of that guest traffic is from Essentia. I've never stayed there, but the reviews seem to be more positive than negative, and Duluth needs more lodging. Seems like a wash to me.
by QuietBlue
November 20th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 958
Views: 138753

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Downtown also just isn't good for some kinds of companies depending on their space needs, like if you have an attached warehouse, production/shop floor, R&D lab, etc. Some companies like to keep all of that together rather than splitting up locations. This is a large part of why my company won't mov...

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