Downtown - North Loop - Mill District - Elliot Park - Loring Park
It's hard to compare to being *not* gray since this is all we have, but I think it looks pretty good and a little bit of accent/decoration will make this a nice blank slate to dress up for occasions. Big upgrade from what was there before.
The biggest issue with the new mall in my mind is its material. We couldn't do better than concrete for the signature street in a major American city? Even the poorest countries elsewhere in the world use higher quality materials in public space. It's a major downgrade from the granite we had before. The concrete also feels "colder" than the dark red granite, which had more of an outdoor living room feel.
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That granite was sooo slippery...I'll never forget it. We'll probably see how the street decorates when the Super Bowl comes. Right now it's just barren looking with few people on it given the cozy skyways. (Open Streets last weekend did pull people out onto the street. It'll be great is downtown businesses embrace this more in future years.)
I don't think it was Super Bowl prep? There were problems with those lights that were pretty noticeable when using them. Red light would turn then it would take a solid 5 seconds to switch to walk, then another 2 for green.
I believe this where the stage is going for the concerts.
Hasn't it always been like that on Nic? It seems to me I have always noticed lag times between the light changes and walk signs, I always thought it was for pedestrian safety.
I decided to check out the Mall to see if anything was new Friday on my way home via bike. It felt like it took twice as long to go down Nicollet Mall as 3rd Ave.
I mean probably. Nicollet was never the FAST route for bikes. I take it when I like to people watch and be the traffic in the lead. 3rd still has turning cars who don't check mirrors, speedy drivers, limited buffer, and is honestly bumpier. As someone who has been doing bike delivery for the past month now, Nicollet is a God send to be open.
I don't consider this a problem at all. I hardly ever drive through there, but walk Nicollet all the time. 12th street has always been this way for sure. The issue with Nicollet for walkers is that the lights could be timed better for walking multiple bocks. After waiting at a red light, I walk briskly to the next intersection to arrive as the light just turned red. I've taken the skyways just to avoid this problem. (And I am one of those who dislikes the skyways)
Taking the bus home on the 5 and noticed that the stoplights, some signage, and light polls were removed from the 8th street intsection. Oh the power of the NFL to demand infrastructure removed after only a few months of operation.
Looks like they started removing the light at 9th St as well. It'll be nice if they removed some lights the city actually doesn't need anymore. I also deeply sense someone is going to get hit by a car at one of these intersections. The cars get antsy and delayed by the buses and walkers.
https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/ ... -from.html
Following a $50 million renovation of the city’s Main Street, the the Minneapolis Downtown Council dropped the Mall and now refer to it as simply “Nicollet.”
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