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by TheUrbanGopher
August 31st, 2015, 1:57 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2306
Views: 229552

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

The Hennepin/Lyndale project utility work started today, and whether on purpose or not, it closed the northbound bus stops at Groveland and Oak Grove. It sounds like quite a few people have commented on it today, to say the least. I'm hoping that they'll open up tomorrow or sometime soon - otherwise...
by TheUrbanGopher
August 30th, 2015, 2:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1057
Views: 140039

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Looks like a Potbelly's is going into the Flooring Expo building at 28th and Hennepin. So with Giordanos a block away, when do we start calling this strip of Hennepin "Little Chicago"?
by TheUrbanGopher
August 14th, 2015, 3:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: U of M Private Research Park
Replies: 9
Views: 2764

Re: U of M Private Research Park

Not directly within the Research Park boundaries, but I just chatted with someone at the old Harris Machinery site for a bit, and it sounds like the developer wants to put a hotel in this site. Sounds like they are also going to try to preserve the original Harris building too, but is in really roug...
by TheUrbanGopher
July 30th, 2015, 11:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 417
Views: 77874

Re: Dinkytown

Looks like the Library Bar is constructing a cool outdoor patio area behind their building on a former underutilized surface parking area. Should be nice for the college hipster-bros come September. Also, the Co-op building looks like it was delightfully built with yellow legos. If this doesn't add ...
by TheUrbanGopher
June 4th, 2015, 2:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 417
Views: 77874

Re: Dinkytown

Bike lanes have been painted on 4th in the commercial core!

https://twitter.com/Dinkytown/status/606535848004354048

I feel like this, in addition with the new bus stop sign rollout, makes 2015 the Minneapolis urbanist year of "finally!"
by TheUrbanGopher
May 28th, 2015, 9:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95719

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Yes, the south side. I think the pavilion would get enough sunlight from the Portland corridor to justify the move. I am just worried there are currently not enough consistently engaged uses on the south side of the park, which may lead to an unintentional park "divide" of use. The design currently ...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 28th, 2015, 6:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95719

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Oddly enough, the drive lanes will be 13' wide, up from 11' in the existing configuration, which seems counterproductive. My guess is they're actually 11' lanes with a 2' curb & gutter on each side, assuming they are still going to rebuild it with a standard road section configuration. Anyways, my ...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 26th, 2015, 3:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 40880

Re: Stadium Village

I've run into a lot of non-students in this area (who are, ironically, close to retirement age) who would love to rent/buy a condo near the U of MN but can't due to the limited supply of non-student housing. The 19 stories of residential could easily be divided between students & non-students. That ...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 26th, 2015, 1:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 40880

Re: Stadium Village

My initial quick take: Don't approve the tower unless there will be the same amount or a greater number of retail spaces that are present today. If it is just the Village Wok building, that is 6 retail spaces (the Big Ten sub shop counted separately). That bumps up to 8 if you include FedEx and Abdu...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 26th, 2015, 1:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 274
Views: 40880

The Hub Minneapolis - 600 Washington Ave SE (284' - 26 Stories)

Adam Voge reporting that former Opus developers are planning a 27 story (!!!!!) tower somewhere in Stadium Village. Rendering looks to have it where Espresso Expose, Bun Mi, Big Ten & Village Wok are currently located. http://finance-commerce.com/2015/05/harbor-bay-assembles-sites-for-27-story-tower...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 19th, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown
Replies: 417
Views: 77874

Re: Dinkytown

The added parking on the bridges actually will be making up for the lost parking along the north side 4th Street from 15th to 13th. They will (finally!!) be putting a bike lane here, connecting the chunk of missing bike infra along 4th. Related to the Dinkytown bridges: Weren't they supposed to buil...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 7th, 2015, 1:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95719

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

If you think this wasn't going to pass had the picture the media shown included the park being severed by a road, you're not looking closely enough at who the vested interests are for the entire DTE redevelopment. True, which is why it's so strange that the public had to be, and continues to be, si...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 7th, 2015, 1:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95719

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

The main reason the whole Wells Fargo development came to fruition was a combination of conveniently timed factors. Rybak wanted to leverage the required MSFA parking spaces as a lure for potential development on the Strib blocks. Meanwhile, WF was thinking about moving their main operations out of ...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 7th, 2015, 11:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95719

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

The apartment currently has a retail spot designed at the SE corner of 4th and 5th Street. Talking with Frey, he is pushing to add another to 5th and 5th. Two retail slots at either end of the park would enhance it, especially if they were restaurants with patio seating. I like the apartment additio...
by TheUrbanGopher
May 7th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Metro Transit Service Improvement Plan 2014
Replies: 72
Views: 10340

Re: Metro Transit Service Improvement Plan 2014

Just noticed the new route 33 to be deployed in 2018-2020. I would have killed for this route in college - I lived right near the dog leg where Elm & Kasota meet and the 3K bus came about four times a month. Connecting to Westgate Station would also be the sneakiest way to get to Dinkytown from the ...
by TheUrbanGopher
April 29th, 2015, 8:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The 700 on Washington - (700 Washington Avenue Southeast)
Replies: 151
Views: 27935

Re: The 700 on Washington - (700 Washington Avenue Southeast

I think the patio looks great. You have great vantage points looking to the McNamara park across the street, and the huge windows into the bar allow you to consume all the sports on TV. Sarcasm aside, this place will definitely be ROCKING come fall, especially with the unfortunate closure of Campus ...
by TheUrbanGopher
April 29th, 2015, 6:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The 700 on Washington - (700 Washington Avenue Southeast)
Replies: 151
Views: 27935

Re: The 700 on Washington - (700 Washington Avenue Southeast

Walked by Sally's last night... TVs were on, people were sitting outside on the patio.

Looks like this place is finally open, just in time for the 2014 football season.

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