Calhoun Square

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby seanrichardryan » May 15th, 2015, 10:21 am

The Uptown Neighborhood News has a feature on it too. There is a new art piece hanging above the Coffee shop called 'Uptown Borealis', Parella opening, & wrestling on the open lot this summer .

http://www.scribd.com/doc/263267332/FIN ... 200dpi-pdf
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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Minneboy » May 15th, 2015, 4:32 pm

Wish the CARAG article had some updates about the block on Lake btwn Girard and Fremont. Anxiously awaiting.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby seanrichardryan » May 21st, 2015, 7:04 pm

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Minneboy » August 6th, 2015, 3:51 pm

How much better does the economy have to be before something gets done here before the mall gets the renovation and expansion east?

Never mind. Having a rough day.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Wedgeguy » August 6th, 2015, 9:50 pm

Minneboy wrote:How much better does the economy have to be before something gets done here before the mall gets the renovation and expansion east?

Never mind. Having a rough day.
Ackerberg's priority right now is the second phase of Mosaic. While they may do some things to foster a development foundation/plans for that site. Their dollars will be set squarely on the Mosaic site, unless they find a partnership that will do most of the financing for a building on that Lake street site. Patience, I have much more faith in Ackerberg than I do in Opus, Mortenson, or Ryan at the moment. They are forward thinkers who are not scared to think outside the box and have visions that are way above the status quo that we see being done today. I>M>O

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Minneapolitan » November 28th, 2015, 2:55 pm

Are we talking about the ghost mall? Why does this city hate retail.
I have given so many ideas that combat online shopping ... its not hard.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Minneapolitan » November 28th, 2015, 3:08 pm

Minneapolitan wrote:Are we talking about the ghost mall? Why does this city hate retail.
I have given so many ideas that combat online shopping ... its not hard.
I didnt really read this thread sooo sorry if im off topic

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby grant1simons2 » November 28th, 2015, 3:25 pm

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Wedgeguy » November 28th, 2015, 3:46 pm

Not used to that new front entrance yet. Took me a few before I knew where that pic was taken.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Minneboy » November 29th, 2015, 9:19 am

I agree. The old format to me was the front door for Uptown. Now it lacks the openess to both those outside and to beckon those inside.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Wedgeguy » November 29th, 2015, 12:34 pm

THe inviting entrance is now by the Kitchen Window and the Coffee shop. That is the open and spacious entrance.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby grant1simons2 » November 29th, 2015, 3:54 pm

They added another retail space to this busy intersection, and are trying to not drag people inside their mall. Isn't this a good thing?

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby Minneboy » November 30th, 2015, 6:16 pm

Wedgeguy wrote:THe inviting entrance is now by the Kitchen Window and the Coffee shop. That is the open and spacious entrance.
That may be so but my issue is with this intersection. That corner entrance was like a big welcome to Uptown.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby jw138 » November 30th, 2015, 6:52 pm

Minneboy wrote:
Wedgeguy wrote:THe inviting entrance is now by the Kitchen Window and the Coffee shop. That is the open and spacious entrance.
That may be so but my issue is with this intersection. That corner entrance was like a big welcome to Uptown.
I couldn't agree more. Hennepin & Lake now feels cold and uninviting. When that corner spot is filled, I don't think it'll change. The Kitchen Window/coffee shop entrance is for all intents and purposes, hidden. This is one of the city's showcase intersections and it just lost an important focal point. The sign at the top of the building helps, but its not enough.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby seanrichardryan » November 30th, 2015, 8:45 pm

Really? The dark dingy entrance was the neighborhood's focal point? I think the new brightly lit retail windows will be a welcome addition to the intersection.
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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby twincitizen » November 30th, 2015, 9:04 pm

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.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby jw138 » November 30th, 2015, 10:25 pm

seanrichardryan wrote:Really? The dark dingy entrance was the neighborhood's focal point?
No, not the neighborhood's, just the intersection's. Out of the four corners, that corner seemed to be the one people focused most of their attention on. I agree that it could have used some sprucing up. But, it was obviously an entrance into something larger and it made the corner feel more like a small plaza with the building's deep overhang above the outer doors. The new entrance is much smaller and looks like any another store front. The old entrance made a great meeting place and seemed to encourage a little bit of lingering and loitering as people waited to cross the street and especially during storms. That all made the corner seem much more social and vibrant. We'll get some of that with the new entrance but probably not as much.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby twincitizen » December 1st, 2015, 12:32 pm

I agree, the old entrance was much more prominent / obvious to the pedestrian. However, I'll wait until the new storefront is occupied to pass final judgement.

If the intersection were reconstructed with some bumpouts, slightly wider sidewalks, zebra striped crosswalks, etc, I feel like that would really change things for the better. It's one of the most important intersections in the entire city, for all transportation modes. Ultimately, the public infrastructure should have a much greater effect than where Calhoun Square orients their doors.

I'm also potentially in support of a mid-block crossing of Hennepin at their side entrance, as stated above. I'm guessing Public Works would hate the idea, but you never know. If they felt it would cut down on the random illegal ped crossings every which way, they might favor it.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby RailBaronYarr » December 1st, 2015, 3:04 pm

I actually like the Lake-31st block of Hennepin because how calm it is. The random midblock crossings help in this, and I'm not sure a formalized one is really necessary. People are going to park and jut across to the Apple Store or whatever in the quickest way possible.

And yeah, the corner entrance was more prominent, but I don't really think this intersection is degraded much in its loss. As twincitizen says, the freeway-like nature of Lake here and hectic car turning movements make the place feel far less welcoming than the change to side from corner entrance.

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Re: Calhoun Square

Postby min-chi-cbus » December 1st, 2015, 4:19 pm

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.


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