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by martykoessel
January 9th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1753
Views: 294191

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Both of these buildings are handsome artifacts of their period. We’ve lost the very best from this time, but one or both of these could be worth saving if they are handled well. Perhaps either a park or a slender new building could take over the parking lot. I'm with Luigi on this one. Even if thes...
by martykoessel
January 1st, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: Affordable Housing

Ok, since I started this here, any thoughts on how to replace the last-resort-housing-for-homeless-families lost through the Drake Hotel fire?
by martykoessel
January 1st, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: Affordable Housing

There is a thread over in the Anything Goes forum. Thanks for directing me there. Maybe I was stuck by the extremely limited reaction to the Drake Hotel fire, which made me wonder how much avowed urbanists really care about the issue. Do we go bonkers over exterior cladding issues and push the huge...
by martykoessel
January 1st, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Affordable Housing
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Affordable Housing

Happy New Year, everyone! It seems that there is no thread devoted solely to affordable housing. Independently of ethical concerns, making sure that there is adequate affordable housing directed toward the bottom end of Minneapolis' workforce is a key element in assuring the economic health of our u...
by martykoessel
December 16th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 289
Views: 57425

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

:D
NickP wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Would it be too inflammatory to suggest a 900 ft tall freeway lid? :D That could get two birds with one stone, a lid and a new tallest hahah
Touche :D
by martykoessel
December 16th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 289
Views: 57425

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

The idea of freeway lids keeps popping up on this forum. I understand the desire for connection, but there are still many acres of underutilized land downtown, and there are gaping infrastructure needs everywhere. Juxtaposing the square footage cost of space on top of a freeway cap to these facts, i...
by martykoessel
December 5th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 107
Views: 24702

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'

seanrichardryan wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 2:09 am
There was also a mid-century FDA building.
From which the flagpole that long stood on the corner of Washington and Hennepin was left over. It was a fairly nondescript box of a building.
by martykoessel
November 19th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 36
Views: 7528

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'

Question: At one time there was a plan for an awful skyway running from the Gateway project to Marquette Plaza. I’m assuming this was replaced by the proposal to run the skyway from the Gateway through the library to 301 Nicollet, then on to 365, etc, etc. Does anyone know if 301 were not to be buil...
by martykoessel
October 10th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 29
Views: 3546

Re: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin

I'm puzzled by the frequent assumption that height equals a better building. On this forum, there's plenty of criticism of tall apartment buildings on top of parking podia, and just today there's a good comment about how well the 6-story building at 1500 Nicollet has turned out. Personally, I'm more...
by martykoessel
August 22nd, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 250 Hennepin Ave - 21 stories - 256'
Replies: 107
Views: 24702

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'

Yes, Nathan, I agree. Enclosing that first floor would make the 21st Century Bank Building a nice part of the city. In general, I sometimes think we're in danger of repeating some of the worst urban planning mistakes of the past, namely tearing down buildings because they look out of date or represe...
by martykoessel
August 19th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 58048

Re: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)

And if we enter into a recession, or if lenders merely become increasingly uneasy over concern that one might begin, you can bet that the ranks of pretty buildings that don't exist will grow.
by martykoessel
July 23rd, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: New House of Charity Building (7th & Park Ave S.)
Replies: 37
Views: 5116

Re: New House of Charity Building (7th & Park Ave S.)

A crew is working on the Finance & Commerce Building today. It looks as though improvements are being made rather than preparations for demolition. Is this structure going to be incorporated into the low-income housing, or is something entirely different going on?
by martykoessel
June 11th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 36
Views: 7528

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - ~200'(?)

I'm pretty sure the loading zone alley will have to be entirely or mostly plugged on Nicollet because the skyway from the library will cross to 301 at just that spot. I'm assuming that this skyway is needed since the one directly from Gateway Tower to Marquette Plaza appears, thankfully, to have bee...
by martykoessel
May 17th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1993
Views: 253059

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

Someone get a picture of the foosball table inside the shelter in the SW corner before it goes! If memory serves me correctly, this shelter is peripatetic. For a while, there was a pocket park next to the old Masonic Building on Hennepin, right where the new section of the Cowles Center is today. T...
by martykoessel
April 20th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1753
Views: 294191

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

A number of North Loop streets, including Third, the one in the photo, are being reconstructed this year. I don't know if this will involve burying the power lines.
by martykoessel
February 20th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 388
Views: 54916

Re: City Center

MN Fats wrote:
December 21st, 2018, 1:41 am
Was able to see some of the plans for the Nicollet Mall renovation. I think a lot of people here will be pleased with what they end up doing.
So, MN Fats, is this still at proposal stage, or is a renovation scheduled?
by martykoessel
February 19th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Apartments at Franklin and Park - 1925 Park Ave
Replies: 7
Views: 1894

Re: Apartments at Franklin and Park - 1925 Park Ave

Does anyone know details about the situation at Thor, which among other things has brought this project to a halt? It's particularly sad that a minority-owned business that appeared to be on a roll and had done so much to revitalize North Minneapolis has, at least for now, gone off a cliff. Here's o...
by martykoessel
February 8th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 540
Views: 64845

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

There's a lot to take in, but these look great (and connecting the Park Ave bike lanes to the trail is one of my personal issues). I guess it's outside the scope here, but if they could include fixing the disaster that is the Parkway/Cedar intersection, that would be good too. The Field Regina Nort...
by martykoessel
January 16th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 98
Views: 15308

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

This is a potential K-Mart moment. You know, when 20 or 30 years from now people complain, "How could this horrible thing have been built...and in this spot!?" and then others dig into the history to explain how it sort of made sense at the time.

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