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by martykoessel
July 13th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6818

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N

3x3 for each first floor window opening, except 2x3 at the corner, the same in both photos. What am I missing? Is it that the top panes are rectangular in the original? That each section is divided into smaller panes? I do like that old cornice, though I imagine it would be costly to reproduce, espe...
by martykoessel
July 6th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 550
Views: 81729

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Come this fall, the Fieldhouse, one of the ugliest buildings on the U of M campus, will be improved and prettified:

http://www.startribune.com/u-of-m-s-fie ... 487434441/
by martykoessel
June 27th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 19
Views: 4352

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

Yup. Sometimes backwards is forwards.
by martykoessel
June 8th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 209
Views: 21700

Re: Arby’s Island

On this forum, including here in the Arby's thread, there's a strong bias toward height and iconic architecture. The appeal of the dramatic is completely understandable, but I've also been thinking about some experiences that point in a different direction. First, there was a recent trip to Vancouve...
by martykoessel
June 8th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line
Replies: 161
Views: 28176

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Avenue Development & Grain Elevators/Freight Corridor

Here's the packet . 43 units, 20 surface parking spaces - all listed as short-term for the Starbucks/Dominos, not for the apartments. Also, maybe I just don't get it because I'm not a coffee drinker, but holy crap are they putting a lot of effort into getting a drive-through to work. If zoning allo...
by martykoessel
May 22nd, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 127
Views: 20544

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

I'm starting to get just as fed up with these driving courts. Is our land that invaluable to developers that they feel the need to devote over 25% of the property to something used less than 4 hours of the day? How many delivery trucks are really needed for a loading dock? Why not convert parking i...
by martykoessel
March 30th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 975
Views: 146899

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Since there's an overabundance of Class B office space and a shortage of housing, everyone talking about conversions of office space to residential units is on the right track. Here are some criteria: 1) The Class B office space has to be struggling. This rules out the Medical Arts Building, which i...
by martykoessel
December 19th, 2017, 3:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 145776

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

Well, I talked to a friend at Graco and the idea of a single Pfppt! doesn't fly. No big surprise. New stencils would have to be created for each separate color on each existing stencil type. (Hmm, I wonder how many different versions there are of each basic type, meaning leaves, branches and slashes...
by martykoessel
December 19th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1009
Views: 158975

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Schafer Richardson is redeveloping the Weather-Rite site in the North Loop. Located next to three new luxury apartment buildings, Fulton Brewery, InBound BrewCo and Be The Match Headquarters, 700 North 5th is in the heart of Minneapolis’ hottest neighborhood – perfect for your company’s urban live-w...
by martykoessel
December 18th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 145776

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

Thanks for checking this, Surly drinker or maker (I presume), It did occur to me that coloring each leaf, branch and slash individually would be tortuous. That's why I wondered if colors could be loaded in compartments over each stencil so one Pfppt! would take care of the whole thing. Maybe someone...
by martykoessel
December 18th, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 145776

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

Here's a thought on our monochromatic Mall reconstruction. From everyone's comments here, it seems that that biggest problem is the vast expanse of grey cement. Is there a type of paint that would hold up long term on pavement? If so, what if we turned the existing stencils into color stencils? A go...
by martykoessel
December 7th, 2017, 10:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building & new parking ramp)
Replies: 160
Views: 20424

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 4th Ave and 6th St (existing building and new parking ramp)

That would be awful. I was thinking of something considerably more enchanting.
by martykoessel
October 27th, 2017, 12:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1658
Views: 263814

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

In the current environment, very little affordable housing is being built, and in fact this has become a major issue in the mayor's race. Also, especially in the case of housing for the homeless, there are some instances of truly depressing structures. Just think of what's on top of the Salvation Ar...
by martykoessel
October 24th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1933
Views: 220817

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

Huh. Ryan can [theoretically] do underground parking here, but Opus can't pull it off one block kitty-corner to the SE. I seem to recall a string of comments on this forum related to a very large cavern under this block and/or the one on which Marq4 and the new Xcel building sit. The history was pr...
by martykoessel
July 21st, 2017, 4:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1009
Views: 158975

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Heh, heh, amiller. Good catch. After I posted, I thought about editing to remove the "absolute" as well as the "great" before "great sense at the macro level". Using superlatives doesn't make it so. But it's just a forum thread, right? In any case, I agree with you about high rents and gentrificatio...
by martykoessel
July 20th, 2017, 4:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 1009
Views: 158975

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

No, I'm not kidding. I really want to know, what's the ratio between teardowns and "reuse after rents rise high enough?" Keep it post-1980 to avoid the Urban Renewal B.S. :) I know this is more complicated than it sounds. Buildings are often torn down because they're functionally obsolete (single s...
by martykoessel
June 8th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 420 E Hennepin Ave
Replies: 94
Views: 12006

Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

I'm not unhappy about this at all. I like the shape and more cohesive use of materials, that said if it's cement board, that's upsetting, but a cream brick would look nice. I like the way the balconies are incorporated into the structure as well. Especially at the Hennepin and central angle. I agre...
by martykoessel
May 15th, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Plant Redevelopment [archive - locked]
Replies: 124
Views: 31526

Re: Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant Redevelopment

I'm late to this thread, but at the risk of repeating what might have appeared earlier, I'll put in a Hurrah! for a planned community on the site of a former airport in Austin, TX. It's beautiful, walkable, and lively: http://www.muelleraustin.com/about/ http://www.npr.org/2015/02/12/385474414/with-...

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