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by luigipaladio
August 1st, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 384
Views: 53027

Re: City Center

Hmm, maybe two nuclear detonations - one for City Center and one for the even more ghastly Treasure Island Center - what on earth were they thinking? The pig is dirty white in this case, but the lipstick is a total mess. The most recent render (I just saw one today) of the City Center redesign is at...
by luigipaladio
August 1st, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 75
Views: 10965

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

The Wilf’s Omni luxury hotel and conference center is now up to the ninth of it’s fourteen flours. It already stands out forcefully for drivers along 494 and from the surrounding area, it looks like it just sprang up out of farm land - thought the property it sits on was actually woodland but you co...
by luigipaladio
August 1st, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 384
Views: 53027

Re: City Center

It’s hard to imagine anything short of a minor nuclear detonation really helping this sad monument to architectural bad taste. I can understand the heavy landing of the tower on sixth street - the entry is consistent with the weighty but highly textured face of the tower. The tower is uninspired, bu...
by luigipaladio
July 25th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Uncancelled)
Replies: 61
Views: 9410

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Uncancelled)

I agree that it would be good to fill that little parking lot at the end of the block, otherwise, I am glad to see that someone picked this up. The Duffy building is just too big and too much of a presence to sit untouched for any longer. With the mount of retail they have planned, this will do a lo...
by luigipaladio
July 25th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 40 stories / 442'
Replies: 61
Views: 7298

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 40 stories / 442'

The real virtues of this project are in the thoughtful details, such as this notion of making room for another rail line at some uncertain point in the future. The park space under the viaducts, the grand staircase, the shared amenity floor and many other details make this a particularly good plan. ...
by luigipaladio
July 25th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165075

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

When I was.a kid, all of Nicollet, Hennepin and many of the cross streets between them were packed with retail shops, restaurants, and the wonder that was the Great Northern Market, purveyor of exotic fruits and vegetables and good meats. That was a long time ago. The kind of retail that existed at ...
by luigipaladio
July 23rd, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 40 stories / 442'
Replies: 61
Views: 7298

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 36 stories / ~400'(?)

The added details in the proposal and the images makes this one of the more innovative projects to be put forward lately. The Guthrie Ramp liner is in the same category. The drawings for North Loop Green are promising. Making use of the space under the viaducts is very clever.
by luigipaladio
July 23rd, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1963
Views: 239181

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

It is good to see this moving along. The parking lot was a particular blot on the Mall. Now if Opus can just get moving on their plan and eliminate the remaining parking lot on their property Nicollet will be greatly improved.
by luigipaladio
July 23rd, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Elliot Park
Replies: 55
Views: 11307

Re: Elliot Park

This is a peculiar design. I agree that the way it meets the odd intersection is clever and a good approach, but the barrel effect looks too contrived - especially with rest of the building looking plain and featureless. It is likely a building on a tight budget trying to projec5 an image of being “...
by luigipaladio
July 19th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 40 stories / 442'
Replies: 61
Views: 7298

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 36 stories / ~400'(?)

Okay, this is not a great work of architecture, but it is not a bad work either. The “sky deck” or super skyway is an interesting feature that will create some great views for people in the building and the pedestrian oriented green area and walkways are an appealing addition to the neighborhood.
by luigipaladio
July 18th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 133
Views: 24185

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

The riverfront looks less connected in this rendering than in the previous one. The four towers create a massive wall that screens the rest of downtown from the river. The design of the towers is undoubtedly still preliminary and tentative, but it is uninspired at this point. A few odd angles cut in...
by luigipaladio
July 15th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 240
Views: 40215

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

Have they officially broken ground on Eleven or is it just sitting with a fancy fence and no activity? Any dates for construction yet?
by luigipaladio
July 12th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165075

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Giving a tour here to Italian friends a few years ago, they loved Downtown, the river from and Northeast. They were also completely amazed by our parks, lakes, and the Grand Rounds. I am always meeting tourists in the metro - a recent trip to the Eagan outlet mall was an encyclopedia of foreign lang...
by luigipaladio
July 9th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics
Replies: 100
Views: 15135

Re: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics

It strikes me that mall owners and managers are really at a loss for what to do with their properties these days, which is understandable given the rapid rate of change in the marketplace. We don’t really need a pile of destination shopping centers. Even the Mall of America looks a bit worn and toot...
by luigipaladio
July 9th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 98
Views: 14284

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

I can picture the council caving in to th Fed on this. It is strange that the Fed would manage this whole project so badly, and then down to the planning commission - although it is clear that many people do not understand the many functions of the Federal Reserve Banks. This is not just a research ...
by luigipaladio
July 9th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories
Replies: 58
Views: 9522

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories

I’m relieved to see st least some action on this project it has the potential to add handsomely to the Washington corridor and to bring at least a little bit of affordable housing closer to the heart of downtown. A careful read of the Strib article does include not only the six story affordable buil...
by luigipaladio
July 2nd, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1238
Views: 158998

Re: MSP Airport

The articles about our area on the Aer Lingus blog have a couple of errors, but it is good to see MSP pick up more direct international flights. I hope that this direct flight to Ireland can be sustained.
by luigipaladio
July 2nd, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 27496

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

I wasn’t able to open the Strib article. Just exactly what is being proposed and who is proposing it? Seven stories of apartments over one floor of retail/childcare will fall short of the height of the New Thrivent building. That will give us two somewhat squat bits of infill.
by luigipaladio
June 27th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 75
Views: 10965

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

Yes, Prime is actually consolidating several offices, including the old Eagan site and folks working at another site - I think in Bloomington near the Normandale/494 interchange. This would have been a prize for either downtown or the Midway, but I doubt the economics would work for the company. In ...

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