Calhoun Square

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby mplser » December 1st, 2015, 5:28 pm

min-chi-cbus wrote:
twincitizen wrote:Is there anywhere in the city with more mid-block crossing than at the "side" entrance (Kitchen Window, Jimmy John's, et al)?

It actually seems like a pretty good case for a formalized crossing there. Instead of a push button to stop cars like on 31st & Girard, probably better to just go with permanently flashing yellows and a really obvious crosswalk.
I have to cross one of those daily where I live and I can tell you nobody stops to let us cross the street. Different city and different values, possibly, but just my observation.
No you're right, it would probably be more of the same here. Once I stopped for an old woman in a crosswalk on Chicago Ave, and had to honk at her to alert her that someone was about to swerve around me and hit her going like 35-40 mph! She got out of the way just barely in time. Was a tense thing to witness that close though...

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby jw138 » December 1st, 2015, 6:55 pm

I think it would work here because there's only one lane in each direction and no room for someone to swerve around. Plus, this isn't a fast thoroughfare to begin with. There's usually a line of cars waiting to get through the lights and when there isn't, responsible drivers are driving slower to begin with due to all the random j-walkers darting across the road. I think it'd make crossing much safer.

If Penzeys Spices ever vacates their location it'd be interesting to consider a partial modification of the structure to accommodate a pedestrian bridge. There's plenty of existing room on the east side of Hennepin for a staircase or it could simply come off the 2nd floor of Calhoun Square. Or, removal of two parking spots on either side of the road at that spot might accommodate it as well. I know, crazy idea... :)

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Sacrelicio » December 1st, 2015, 7:03 pm

mplser wrote:
min-chi-cbus wrote:
twincitizen wrote:Is there anywhere in the city with more mid-block crossing than at the "side" entrance (Kitchen Window, Jimmy John's, et al)?

It actually seems like a pretty good case for a formalized crossing there. Instead of a push button to stop cars like on 31st & Girard, probably better to just go with permanently flashing yellows and a really obvious crosswalk.
I have to cross one of those daily where I live and I can tell you nobody stops to let us cross the street. Different city and different values, possibly, but just my observation.
No you're right, it would probably be more of the same here. Once I stopped for an old woman in a crosswalk on Chicago Ave, and had to honk at her to alert her that someone was about to swerve around me and hit her going like 35-40 mph! She got out of the way just barely in time. Was a tense thing to witness that close though...
I swear drivers are getting worse in this regard.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby nBode » December 1st, 2015, 7:37 pm

(in my opinion) Pedestrian bridges are for freeways. A marked crosswalk here would be great.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Sacrelicio » December 1st, 2015, 9:26 pm

jw138 wrote:I think it would work here because there's only one lane in each direction and no room for someone to swerve around. Plus, this isn't a fast thoroughfare to begin with. There's usually a line of cars waiting to get through the lights and when there isn't, responsible drivers are driving slower to begin with due to all the random j-walkers darting across the road. I think it'd make crossing much safer.

If Penzeys Spices ever vacates their location it'd be interesting to consider a partial modification of the structure to accommodate a pedestrian bridge. There's plenty of existing room on the east side of Hennepin for a staircase or it could simply come off the 2nd floor of Calhoun Square. Or, removal of two parking spots on either side of the road at that spot might accommodate it as well. I know, crazy idea... :)
I think drivers should slow down and obey crosswalks and get ticketed if they don't. Build a bridge because people can't be more careful?

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby jw138 » December 2nd, 2015, 10:11 am

A mid-block pedestrian bridge is likely not practical to begin with. There's more to it than just safety though. If the new main/grand/spacious entrance is supposed to be mid-block there needs to be some sort of mid-block landmark to draw people's attention to it. Some sort of fountain or statue that can be seen up and down the street would be cool. Then, maybe replace several parking spots on both sides of the road in front of it with mid-block bump outs and a crosswalk running between them.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby thatchio » December 3rd, 2015, 11:26 pm

you mean, you'd like a bridge like this , which was contemplated for Hennepin-Lake in 1964?
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More on it: http://www.ouruptown.com/2012/04/planni ... ake-study/

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby jw138 » December 4th, 2015, 10:58 am

Wow, interesting! I think though the only utility for something like this coming out of Calhoun Square would be to facilitate quicker back and forth access to the parking ramp from the opposite side of the street. It'd probably be more of an inconvenience for simple pedestrian crossings.

I do wish that the south-west block in that plan had been realized!!

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Minneboy » December 4th, 2015, 12:29 pm

I remember a pedestrian bridge in Okinawa bit off the back gate of Kadena AB at a major intersecion (very much busier than Heen/Lake). The bridge went over all 4 streets at the intersection in a square with stairs at each corner. It was widely used and save a lot of time verses having to wait at the light to cross, then another cross if you have that intention.

Just did a google map search of the intersection. Things have changed a lot in 34 years :) The bridge is no longer there.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby LakeCharles » December 4th, 2015, 2:12 pm

Minneboy wrote:I remember a pedestrian bridge in Okinawa bit off the back gate of Kadena AB at a major intersecion (very much busier than Heen/Lake). The bridge went over all 4 streets at the intersection in a square with stairs at each corner. It was widely used and save a lot of time verses having to wait at the light to cross, then another cross if you have that intention.

Just did a google map search of the intersection. Things have changed a lot in 34 years :) The bridge is no longer there.
I like those entire intersection pedestrian things. In Budapest every main intersection had one, but underneath the roadway. They were lined with shops, and some were also subway entrances.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby jw138 » December 4th, 2015, 2:16 pm

It also speeds up through traffic significantly. Can you imagine how long it'd take to drive down the Vegas strip without them?

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby HiawathaGuy » June 3rd, 2016, 8:59 am

Roat Osha is moving into Uptown's Calhoun Square
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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Didier » June 3rd, 2016, 9:38 am

Damn. I accidentally just wasted one of my three June stories on that one.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby seanrichardryan » June 3rd, 2016, 10:17 am

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby acs » June 3rd, 2016, 10:21 am

Weird, it was a free article for me, and I've never seen limits on article views before. It's either locked or unlocked.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby David Greene » June 3rd, 2016, 10:54 am

The whole Roat Osha thing is so strange. It's literally the same menu as Tum Rup so I guess the draw is the bar and patio seating?

Apparently both businesses are successful enough but I have no idea why. IME service is much better at Tum Rup.

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1301 West Lake Street - Uptown

Postby Qhaberl » August 14th, 2017, 8:42 am

I am starting this topic as a preemptive strike. The fact that this lot has not yet been developed is extremely surprising. It is in an ideal location. Below, you will find images from Google maps, Apple Maps, Google satellite, and Street view.

Here's an image from Google maps. This image clearly identifies the area I am talking about.
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Here's an image from Google satellite view. As you can see the area is nothing but dirt.
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Here's an image from Google Street view. The chain-link fence around the property has been up forever.
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Here is the picture of the same property with the Hennepin county interactive property map.
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Here are a few images from Apple Maps flyover view
Looking south
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Looking east
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Looking west
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Re: 1301 West Lake Street - Uptown

Postby Qhaberl » August 14th, 2017, 8:45 am

When this site ever does get developed, if it gets developed, we can pin the development to the top on the fourm topic. What are people stats on this? This seems like such a prime location.


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Re: 1301 West Lake Street - Uptown

Postby VacantLuxuries » August 14th, 2017, 9:10 am

Calhoun Square owns it, right? I'm surprised they think a vacant lot is better for their business than more retail space.

Uptown could use a good music that can support acts that take up more space than a trance dj. That'd be a great spot.

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Re: 1301 West Lake Street - Uptown

Postby Nathan » August 14th, 2017, 9:13 am

This lot has been discussed a number of times in the general uptown thread, but it's scattered all about I'm sure.

It's owned by the same organization that (fairly recently) owns Calhoun square, the Ackerberg Group. They are also responsible for the multiple phases of mosaic.

There have been a number of rumors including a leaked rendering from their website of a 7 to 10 story building with ground floor retail, two stories of medical office space and some stories of hotel above.

It's been silent on that front for quite some time.

One can only assume that they are focusing on mosaic and will do something with the Calhoun square lot when it pencils out or they have the time/resources?


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