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by Chef
October 8th, 2013, 8:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 104
Views: 10266

Re: Hennepin Avenue

If nothing else they should at least increase bus headways on Hennepin and Lyndale. It would probably be more useful than building suburban BRT that nobody will use or streetcars that don't improve service. Right now the 6, 17 and 4 are all like cattle cars during rush hour and are still mostly full...
by Chef
October 4th, 2013, 11:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nic on Fifth - (290' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 1033
Views: 180247

Re: Nic on Fifth - (455 Nicollet Mall)

A picture from yesterday:

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mplsoct201309 by afsmps, on Flickr
by Chef
September 19th, 2013, 1:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 145776

Re: Nicollet Mall

As for the mall, pretty much any of these teams could've improved Nicollet's current state. Hopefully in 20 years it won't look dated like the current 90s pastiche.The Corner team will do what they can within their budget. In some ways I think this comment points to part of the problem with our app...
by Chef
September 19th, 2013, 12:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)
Replies: 467
Views: 73590

Re: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)

i find this project a little gimmicky and overdone, trying too hard. but this is uptown and perhaps a little of this is fine. This is actually very similar to F Scott Fitzgerald's criticism of Summit Avenue back when it was newly built. I think stuff that is gimmicky and overdone tends to age well....
by Chef
September 18th, 2013, 1:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)
Replies: 467
Views: 73590

Re: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)

If there is one thing this forum has taught me is that there are no absolutes when it comes to taste in architecture.
by Chef
September 17th, 2013, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)
Replies: 467
Views: 73590

Re: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)

I think the overhangs (cantilevered cornices) do a nice job of referncing Prairie School architecture in a contemporary way and make the building look like it belongs in Minneapolis, rather than Anycity, USA.
by Chef
September 10th, 2013, 11:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 151256

Re: Uptown Restaurant News

Nico's Tacos is open. Nice story about the Victoria family: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/dining/222564361.html I am really excited for this. Uptown needs a good Mexican restaurant and it is a cuisine I think you could pull off in that space. Also that patio is a great place to sit, drin...
by Chef
September 10th, 2013, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 975
Views: 146899

Re: Downtown Office Market

Most of our skyline was built between 1987 and 2000 so it isn't like we haven't had a big sustained boom before. In the '90s it seemed like there were major towers going up all the time. You guys have forgotten what prosperity looks like.
by Chef
September 2nd, 2013, 3:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Mill & Main - (501 Main Street Southeast)
Replies: 181
Views: 29560

Re: Mill & Main - (501 Main Street Southeast)

I went to take a look at this one in person today, I hadn't seen it since it was halfway done. Does anyone else think this thing already looks really dated? I would put Murals ahead of this one in terms of having an interesting design. Actually I think a lot of the infill we have had over the last y...
by Chef
August 26th, 2013, 12:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown Hotel - (1300 block of 4th Ave SE)
Replies: 352
Views: 39638

Re: Doran Dinkytown Development

I love Al's and am in no hurry to see it go but it is important to remember that restaurants don't live forever. Someday Al's is going to close and then nobody is going to care about that space, you can't consider a building historic solely to protect the business that currently resides in it. I wor...
by Chef
August 24th, 2013, 10:35 pm
Forum: 2013 Minneapolis Municipal Election
Topic: Ward 10
Replies: 77
Views: 11091

Re: Ward 10

While I am not necessarily opposed to the ban this part bothers me: Tuthill said she never liked plastic bags, expressing particular annoyance at their tendency to end up as "tree ornaments." She legislates based on the things that personally annoy her, focusing on her pet peeves rather than looking...
by Chef
August 23rd, 2013, 11:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Mozaic (all phases)
Replies: 581
Views: 70923

Re: Mozaic

I love the design for Mozaic II
by Chef
August 22nd, 2013, 8:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)
Replies: 467
Views: 73590

Re: The Walkway - (1312 West Lake Street)

Those types of restaurants don't provide a good standard of living to the people who own them. Nobody wants to blow $200k on a build out just so you can make $20k a year working seven days a week. That is how you make tiny places work unless you are charging La Belle Vie prices or have the economies...
by Chef
August 20th, 2013, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 29th Street Reconstruction Project
Replies: 229
Views: 27684

Re: The Pedestrianization of 29th Street

I think Lake St is great for walking - there is more to look at. I am more interested in people watching than the condition of the sidewalk.
by Chef
August 19th, 2013, 10:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 29th Street Reconstruction Project
Replies: 229
Views: 27684

Re: The Pedestrianization of 29th Street

I know many on this board (the younger generation?) are convinced that any and every lane of traffic is expendable, and so I'm not going to convince them that leaving a vestige of auto traffic in this location has any value, especially when compared with the value of putting in a pedestrian wonderl...
by Chef
August 17th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Pedal Pubs
Replies: 20
Views: 2729

Re: Pedal Pubs

Pedal pubs make me feel like I am a wild animal being gawked at by a bunch of upper crust Victorian Brits on safari. I hate those things, I know it may not be rational, but that doesn't change it.
by Chef
August 17th, 2013, 9:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 29th Street Reconstruction Project
Replies: 229
Views: 27684

Re: The Pedestrianization of 29th Street

Maybe I am overly skeptical, but how often do the visions of lame duck mayors become reality? If this is going to happen it is going to happen it is also going to need to be a priority of the next mayor and city council.
by Chef
August 15th, 2013, 9:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: What The?
Replies: 92
Views: 18119

Re: What The?

There is a chance that once this addition has some age it will be one of those buildings that are so bizarre and awkward that they are oddly captivating (like 6 Quebec). I wouldn't bet any money on that notion though.

It looks like a boat to me.
by Chef
August 4th, 2013, 11:27 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: My Twin Cities photoblog
Replies: 13
Views: 2029

Re: My Twin Cities photoblog

Minneapolis June http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2868/9175644670_d2f59ec659_z.jpg mplsjun201302 by afsmps , on Flickr http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5451/9173425819_b5d3f2e81b_z.jpg mplsjun201305 by afsmps , on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7369/9175645582_4bf357fd1a_z.jpg mplsjun201307 by afsm...
by Chef
August 4th, 2013, 11:21 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: My Twin Cities photoblog
Replies: 13
Views: 2029

Re: My Twin Cities photoblog

These are from St Paul in May: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2888/8921853198_9a3c6f36ef_z.jpg stpmay201315 by afsmps , on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7393/8921856516_537ba0b1ba_z.jpg stpmay201317 by afsmps , on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/8921237763_d2dacc7ffc_z.jpg stpmay2013...

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