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by MplsSteve
March 14th, 2014, 10:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 616
Views: 97700

Re: Superior Plating site

Have we at all thought about just using the site as a streetcar barn again? It wouldn't be cheap to bring it up to modern standards, but you couldn't really ask for a better site. Wow, this is one dumb idea that just won't die. No, it would be a terrible site. This is no longer an industrial area, ...
by MplsSteve
March 11th, 2014, 6:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 616
Views: 97700

Re: Superior Plating site

The Nicollet Island East Bank Neighborhood Association website has some additional information:

http://niebna.com/

They say that ESG Architects has been selected to design the new development.
by MplsSteve
March 10th, 2014, 2:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 754
Views: 59978

Re: Northeast - General Topics

There's a sign up in the window of the space saying they will be opening soon, or something to that effect. About a month ago the HPC gave them permission to put a sign up on the outside of the building.
by MplsSteve
February 25th, 2014, 9:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: IDS Center
Replies: 248
Views: 63979

Re: IDS Center

Random/off topic: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.97674,-93.272383,3a,47y,277.64h,118.03t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sXEzqGtOBKOq6jB_xyAM2rw!2e0 When did Macy's start covering their windows? Surely they kept them way back when, but what might have led to the decision to cover them? I would think more flexi...
by MplsSteve
February 21st, 2014, 7:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 147112

Re: Nicollet Mall

Love the hypocrisy from those who post on this site. Many rant and rant about how we continue to get the same boring buildings going up - uninspiring, unimaginative bla bla bla and equally how great it would be for out-state developers/architects to come into the Twin Cities market. We get a an ama...
by MplsSteve
February 20th, 2014, 9:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 147112

Re: Nicollet Mall

The most enticing renderings are the ones that show a lot of trees and greenery. That's really what's lacking on the mall and what most people seem to want. I have this feeling that there's some over-thinking going on in the design. I think the 7th and Nicollet depictions greatly exaggerate the ammo...
by MplsSteve
February 12th, 2014, 1:28 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Old House Plans
Replies: 8
Views: 954

Re: Old House Plans

I was able to track down descendents of the original owner of my 1880 house using Ancestry.com which accesses a lot of different records in addition to the census. It's a little pricey, but you could just join for one month, get all your research down and then drop it. The Hennepin County Library ha...
by MplsSteve
February 11th, 2014, 1:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Dinkytown Hotel - (1300 block of 4th Ave SE)
Replies: 352
Views: 39947

Re: The Graduate - (1300 block of 4th Ave SE)

] It seems a damn shame to tear down that house, not only because of its age but its design. How many houses like that do we have in the city? While it's an attractive building and houses two cherished small businesses, there is nothing specifically historic or significant about this 1-story brick b...
by MplsSteve
February 5th, 2014, 10:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 511
Views: 60748

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

I think it's unfair (and a little lazy) to blame skyways on the demise of street level activity. The first skyways opened in the early 1960's and within 10 years we had a fairly extensive network. However from the 1960's into the 1980's we still had a lot of street level activity. The decline had a ...
by MplsSteve
February 4th, 2014, 10:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 511
Views: 73847

Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

seanrichardryan wrote:'Mayo Clinic Square' has a very 1970s ring to it.
I think anything with "square'" in it has a 70's ring. The 1970's was a very square decade.
by MplsSteve
January 14th, 2014, 7:42 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Riverfront - Mill Ruins Park - Waterworks
Replies: 197
Views: 24512

Re: Minneapolis Riverfront

It's too bad the Fuji-Ya building can't be saved. It was at the very begining of the riverfront renaissance long before anything else, and as such it's historic in its own right. According to the park board, the building is in poor condition, but I wonder if that may be due to the fact that they fai...
by MplsSteve
January 14th, 2014, 7:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 370
Views: 50318

Re: City Center

I believe that when Donaldson's was originally there most (but not all) of the ground floor bays along Nicollet and part way down 6th and 7th had display windows.
by MplsSteve
January 13th, 2014, 10:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 370
Views: 50318

Re: City Center

I think any restaurant would have a much better chance of success in the old Forum space if they gave it more streetfront presence. Even with signage and awnings, it really tends to get lost and overlooked. It would be wonderful if they could design a facade for the space that would reflect the inte...
by MplsSteve
January 8th, 2014, 10:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 359068

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

I would hardly consider a playing field or skating rink to be a "signature feature". You can find them in practically every neighborhood park. And why can't they get rid of that 1/3 block apartment so there's at least one full block dedicated to park (real park, not tailgate lot). Sorry to be so neg...
by MplsSteve
January 8th, 2014, 7:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 359068

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

The eastern block (closest to the stadium) will be left mostly open to accommodate events put on by the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA).
In other words it will be a tailgating lot.
by MplsSteve
January 7th, 2014, 10:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 370
Views: 50318

Re: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations

If any City Center renovations are made, I hope they would consider an outdoor skyway stair connection like the one that was proposed for the IDS block. City Center is really where something like this is needed, not IDS.
by MplsSteve
January 7th, 2014, 10:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1008
Views: 150356

Re: Downtown Restaurant News

twincitizen wrote:A new restaurant called Hen House Eatery is planned to take the place of Peter's Grill, which closed is June after nearly 100 years in the Baker Center.
That's good news! That was a really big, visible empty space. I hope they try to keep some of the old Peter's decor.
by MplsSteve
January 3rd, 2014, 11:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Ceresota Building Apartments (155 5th Ave S)
Replies: 49
Views: 10182

Re: Ceresota Building Apartments

It's a shame that it can't remain as office space because it's really much better suited for that than residential, unless a lot of disfiguring alterations are made. The original renovation was actually very creative in dealing with the lack of windows. It's too bad that they can't find a major tena...
by MplsSteve
December 17th, 2013, 10:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Gould Apartments - 501 15th Ave SE
Replies: 64
Views: 15836

Re: (501 15th Avenue Southeast)

That was a lovely old house. I can't imagine what kind of crap will replace it.
by MplsSteve
December 10th, 2013, 7:22 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: POLL: Name the Vikings Stadium!
Replies: 39
Views: 14004

Re: POLL: Name the Vikings Stadium!

Betty Crocker Field :D

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