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by spearson
July 25th, 2012, 12:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1043
Views: 159403

Re: Downtown Restaurant News

Here is a picture from my office across the street of the current progress (as of 7-24-12):
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Compared to the render:
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by spearson
July 25th, 2012, 11:22 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 94185

Re: Northstar

You should read Anoka's 30 year plan. They have a grand vision to build a "Commuter Rail Village" around their rail station. Two pieces of it are already in the works. The first is a big senior residential area a block away (in construction - you can see it in the g-maps picture below), the second i...
by spearson
July 25th, 2012, 9:10 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 94185

Re: Northstar

Is this going to be another station where accommodations are not made for a third main? Seems like the investment to bump a track out and have a larger median suitable for a third track in the future could pay off nicely instead of having to redo platforms and possibly pedestrian bridges. If I reca...
by spearson
July 25th, 2012, 8:54 am
Forum: Local Politics and Governance
Topic: Fiscal Disparities
Replies: 15
Views: 3033

Re: Fiscal Disparities

mplsjaromir wrote:There is not one noteworthy culturally, social or architectural achievement in the entire area.
You could say the same thing about Minneapolis.
by spearson
July 12th, 2012, 12:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Soo Line Building Apartments - (501 Marquette Avenue)
Replies: 190
Views: 36268

Re: Soo Line Building

My hope is they'd bring the original bank lobby back to it's original grandeur: http://www.lileks.com/mpls/firstnatold/5.html But who knows. For those that want more history on the building (the rest of the minneapolis section of his site is pretty awesome and time consuming as well): http://www.lil...
by spearson
July 12th, 2012, 11:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Soo Line Building Apartments - (501 Marquette Avenue)
Replies: 190
Views: 36268

Re: Soo Line Building

I walked through this building via skyway and on the street today while on lunch and the street level doors are closed, and all but the burger joint on the skyway are closed. There was a notice on the windows of the street level about the future plans and a city council meeting about the proposed pr...
by spearson
July 9th, 2012, 4:05 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations
Replies: 445
Views: 57417

Re: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations

My dream? Slow Urban Sprawl. LRT's into the suburbs are going to be a waste of money, and more lanes on the interstates and major hwy's are just going to push people further out and create more traffic. Instead spend the money building intra city transit within the downtowns, and improving road corr...

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