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by Chef
December 24th, 2013, 2:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 161660

Re: Uptown Restaurant News

I went to Nico's last night. Overpriced, sure, but what isn't these days? I don't want to start an argument but I just wanted to say that restaurant food today isn't generally overpriced. Prices are a reflection of the cost of production. Restaurants are a low margin business at best, many places t...
by Chef
December 8th, 2013, 12:57 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: State Budget & Bonding Bill 2013-14 Session
Replies: 45
Views: 4111

Re: State Budget Proposal

Every time there is a recession it seems like we have catastrophic budget deficit that forces major spending cuts. I think we should put every penny we can into the rainy day fund and end that cycle for good.
by Chef
December 3rd, 2013, 10:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Buzza Lofts of Uptown
Replies: 100
Views: 23673

Re: Buzza Lofts of Uptown (and Phase 2 too!)

In a perfect world, it would be nice to see a couple home ownership developments near the Greenway in Uptown to balance out the rental. My only worry is there too much concentration of one housing option which may be unhealthy in the long term. On the other hand Uptown is full of buildings that wer...
by Chef
December 3rd, 2013, 10:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363622

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

You see a dump and I see Art Deco and Moderne. I follow architectural styles so to those that do the same, this is an example that we happen to think is worth saving. Funny how 30 years ago those hot warehouses were considered a waste land and should best be bulldozed. That is your opinion of the S...
by Chef
December 2nd, 2013, 10:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136579

Re: Target Field Station (The Interchange)

Nobody lives around here except for rich condo owners who are going to be driving anyway. Although I have agreed in previous posts that the cost/benefit of this project makes me raise an eyebrow, the way you put it makes you sound like an ass. Not sure what you consider rich, but if you mean enough...
by Chef
December 2nd, 2013, 9:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2317
Views: 232339

Re: Public Transit News and Happenings

As I get older I am becoming less enamored with the notion of quarter mile spacing of bus stops. If I was 25 and worked in an office I would be all for it, but now that I am in 40s and work on my feet all day sometime a quarter mile walk is painful. Extrapolating out to my 60s or 70s when my knees a...
by Chef
December 2nd, 2013, 9:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363622

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

To be honest I don't really see why there is so much love for the Star Tribune building. It is one of the ugliest "important" older buildings downtown. Aesthetically it is stuck in no-man's-land between baroque high Victorian and sleek minimalist modernism without doing anything very well. It is a p...
by Chef
December 2nd, 2013, 6:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136579

Re: Target Field Station (The Interchange)

This seems more like a civic vanity project rather than something that will benefit a large number of people. Nobody lives around here except for rich condo owners who are going to be driving anyway, nobody goes here except for Twins fans on game day, the rest of the time the Hiawatha line is always...
by Chef
December 2nd, 2013, 1:21 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4468
Views: 403901

Re: Southwest Corridor (Green Line Extension)

I think there are two possibilities: a) This small group of people is so well connected politically that it magnifies their importance beyond what it would otherwise be. b) They are being encouraged or given attention because the powers that be in Minneapolis want to kill this version of the line bu...
by Chef
November 28th, 2013, 12:29 pm
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Block E (archive)
Replies: 351
Views: 42157

Re: Block E

In 1987 my roommate lost $20 to a couple of dudes who set up a 3 card monte table in front of Shinders. I knew some people who would write little plays and act them out on the street on Hennepin. And of course there were all the other things too, but stuff like that just doesn't happen in today's Mi...
by Chef
November 27th, 2013, 10:36 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Block E (archive)
Replies: 351
Views: 42157

Re: Block E

I miss the old E Block, it was like a Minneapolis version of (the old) Times Square. I used to hang out there all the time in the mid to late '80s and saw so much. A part of the cities soul died when they tore it down. Cities should be a little bit anarchic and rough around the edges. If you sanitiz...
by Chef
October 29th, 2013, 12:26 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study
Replies: 107
Views: 14478

Re: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study

Reducing lanes on University won't really affect people going from Minneapolis to St Paul. Most of the impact will be on local traffic within St Paul.
by Chef
October 28th, 2013, 9:42 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study
Replies: 107
Views: 14478

Re: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study

I think the best way to minimize car use is to upzone and encourage infill in all the parts of the core cities that are under 10,000 ppsm. If you look at the parts of the city that have a large number of people who live car free by choice it generally coincides with the contiguous swathe of higher d...
by Chef
October 28th, 2013, 9:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study
Replies: 107
Views: 14478

Re: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study

Most people don't live in cities for transportation reasons. If they are of middle class background they often do it for cultural reasons. In my case I find the suburbs to be extremely alienating, and am drawn to the creative community of the city (which I have been a part of for 20+ years). In othe...
by Chef
October 28th, 2013, 9:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study
Replies: 107
Views: 14478

Re: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study

Well, for starters, not everyone rides a bike or uses public transportation, or wants to. There are no laws banning bikes from using the roadway, but you want to close a lane so that we can accommodate a bike that is 20 inches wide.? I rode my bike all over the cities when I was younger, (yes, even...
by Chef
October 28th, 2013, 3:31 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study
Replies: 107
Views: 14478

Re: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study

Should transportation planning focus on moving cars, or moving people? What if it's a lot cheaper to move people than it is to move cars? And for that matter, not everybody drives, or wants to. Also let's not there will soon be a train running up and down University Ave, providing fast easy connect...
by Chef
October 28th, 2013, 3:06 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study
Replies: 107
Views: 14478

Re: University Avenue Traffic Lane Modification Study

I lived in Frogtown for 15 years, and half of that was without a car so I think I know University Ave pretty well. The problem with this idea is that St Paul's built form lends it to being an autocentric city. It is a gigantic pain in the ass to live in St Paul without a car because it doesn't have ...
by Chef
October 13th, 2013, 8:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 161660

Re: Uptown Restaurant News

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by Chef
October 9th, 2013, 11:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 104
Views: 10768

Re: Hennepin Avenue

Politics is about what is doable, not what is ideal. The number of people who see on street parking as "their parking" is significantly higher than those who see it as "evil car storage". So taking parking off of Hennepin is a non-starter regardless of whether or not it is a good idea. On street par...
by Chef
October 9th, 2013, 11:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4468
Views: 403901

Re: Southwest Corridor (Green Line Extension)

I should say this to be clear: Despite our chatter in this thread, I haven't seen any serious talk of the 3C routing versus 3A at the moment. The current logjam only has to do with how to either cram everything into the Kenilworth corridor or possibly reroute the freight line (there's some chatter ...

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