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by at40man
December 14th, 2016, 11:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Once and Future Dayton's
Replies: 267
Views: 37324

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Macy's Building

Silophant wrote:I think that's a safe assumption. If it isn't already historically protected, it would become so almost instantly if it was threatened.
"Rip it down and build a HyVee!" -Regan Murphy, probably
by at40man
October 27th, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Office Market
Replies: 76
Views: 13619

Re: St. Paul Office Market

From the Strib, "Office Occupancy Continues to Grow in St. Paul": http://www.startribune.com/office-occup ... 397804261/


Class A space is hard to find in St Paul. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Cray leaves Galtier Plaza.
by at40man
October 26th, 2016, 10:02 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Well, the theater is demolished but many problems still linger. It appears that a major reason HyVee stepped back was due to issues with the final plat and frontage roads criss-crossing the property. A portion of the West Broadway right-of-way is owned by the city, but it turns out that the other po...
by at40man
September 27th, 2016, 6:20 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Penfield - (101 10th Street East)
Replies: 158
Views: 33613

Re: The Penfield - (101 10th Street East)

MNdible wrote:Just because the city didn't lose its shirt (and the feds were actually taking most of the risk) doesn't mean that it was a good idea for them to play developer.
Yeah, that's the role of the Port Authority. :P
by at40man
September 27th, 2016, 5:50 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Hard to believe that city was so cavalier about its demolition. Might have something to do with it being an abandoned building for 17 years. Actually, it has nothing to do with that; that is just a red herring to take focus off the real issue. Several investors have tried to purchase it over the ye...
by at40man
September 27th, 2016, 3:23 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

So frustrating. I don't think I'm being melodramatic when I say that the Terrace was easily the most architecturally significant building in Robbinsdale. Hard to believe that city was so cavalier about its demolition. Not even cavalier; it's like they are absolutely salivating to get rid of it for ...
by at40man
September 25th, 2016, 6:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

And then dumped part of the parking lot in it/ Reading comprehension fail or insider knowledge? The article says, "Demolition work on the building was halted. With the building off limits, the contractors then moved to tear up the asphalt parking lot." I don't see where it was "dumped part of the p...
by at40man
September 24th, 2016, 10:50 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Inland development rammed a hole through the Terrace, when they knew that a judge was on property signing an injunction. SMH ...

http://www.startribune.com/as-terrace-t ... 394690401/
by at40man
September 21st, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 372
Views: 63230

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

I'd say the distance from the front to rear platforms is closer to 1.5 or 2 blocks rather than 0.5 blocks as at40man suggested Well, two points: 1. St. Paul's blocks are smaller than most city blocks 2. I'm talking about Gate A (bus platform) and Gate B (set aside for future LRT) to the front, not ...
by at40man
September 21st, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 372
Views: 63230

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

To draw a comparison, would anyone make an argument that by putting an amusement park in the middle of the Mall of America that the management is artificially inflating the mall's numbers because people are "forced" to walk through the shopping concourses to get there? The Depot is no different in ...
by at40man
September 21st, 2016, 8:36 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 372
Views: 63230

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

I'm not missing the point - I just think the argument that says we would be "artificially inflating the Depot numbers" by putting the trains in the area designed to accommodate trains 90 years ago to be silly. You aren't artificially inflating anything. Either people use the Depot or they don't. If ...
by at40man
September 20th, 2016, 3:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 372
Views: 63230

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

Forcing people into the building to make the building active shouldn't be a primary consideration for Riverview's route planning. Harming that line and forcing transfers to be more difficult just to make the depot seem active would be a poor choice. But isn't that what the building was designed for...
by at40man
September 16th, 2016, 8:38 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

The Terrace recently had its day in court! Erik Hansen (attorney who also was behind the "Save Peavey Plaza" campaign) made some excellent arguments in favor of saving the theater. Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 13, 2016) – Friends of the Historic Terrace had their day in court on Tuesday as the ...
by at40man
September 9th, 2016, 9:45 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Galtier Plaza
Replies: 73
Views: 11909

Re: Cray Plaza (née Galtier Plaza)

If I had deep pockets, I would be up to the challenge. I've long had many ideas that could make that building "Great Again". I've always liked it ever since I was a little kid. My mom used to me there for lunch on the rare occasion I got to visit her at work, and I first learned how to swim in that ...
by at40man
September 8th, 2016, 4:00 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Galtier Plaza
Replies: 73
Views: 11909

Re: Cray Plaza (née Galtier Plaza)

I found out what is up with Unity One's move. Apparently, it was time to renegotiate their lease. The Unity One CEO and branch manager went to meet with Nan. It was a short meeting, to the point where the staff were surprised to see a ashen-faced CEO and manager return after only 20 minutes. She app...
by at40man
August 25th, 2016, 10:45 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

It seems odd that we would not protect and respect notable architecture. That would be odd. It is also odd that we apparently protect it now with no override by democratically elected government. The "democratically elected government" wouldn't override that. A city government has no place determin...
by at40man
August 24th, 2016, 4:31 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

This is one of those "majority rule, minority rights" type situations. No, it isn't. There's no minority right being protected with preservation. "Liking old stuff" isn't a protected class, nor should it be. It's an analogy. It seems odd that we would not protect and respect notable architecture. T...
by at40man
August 24th, 2016, 2:03 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

But you still have an undemocratic preservation process that can't be overturned by the democratically elected government. Which is not really a good thing. Checks and balances. This is one of those "majority rule, minority rights" type situations. While it is the general ideal, I don't believe eve...
by at40man
August 24th, 2016, 9:06 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics
Replies: 86
Views: 8665

Re: Robbinsdale, Crystal & New Hope – General Topics

Friends of the Terrace group has retained the same lawyer who prevented destruction of Peavey Plaza to file a counter lawsuit halting demolition of the Terrace: http://www.startribune.com/as-robbinsdale-city-council-debates-terrace-theatre-teardown-lawsuit-is-filed-to-halt-demolition/391110101/ So w...
by at40man
August 18th, 2016, 2:36 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Galtier Plaza
Replies: 73
Views: 11909

Re: Cray Plaza (née Galtier Plaza)

A long time tenant - Unity One Credit Union - is moving out of Cray Plaza, too. Apparently management wouldn't renew their lease, even for a tenant who has been located there for decades AND with the building being on the brink of being empty. I wonder what they are up to...

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