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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: July 30th, 2019, 10:12 am
by twincitizen
CalMcKenney wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 8:18 am
I think the SWLRT will help a ton with reverse commuters going to work in Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Too bad running it directly through Uptown/Whittier was never an option that anyone ever considered

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: July 30th, 2019, 12:39 pm
by swallman
alexschief wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 11:46 am
The principle of induced demand works whenever you provide a good to people for free, or bake the cost into what they are already paying. If you build parking people will fill it. If you don't build parking or charge a separate, market-rate fee for it, people will find alternatives. That's why it's essential to not just reduce minimums, but put pressure on developers to build less parking or unbundle the cost from the rent.
This is very true - my wife and I are moving downtown (CBD) and a single parking spot is $200, 2nd spot is $250. At the cost of a 2nd parking spot along with car payment, insurance, etc. it's way easier to just commute.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 7th, 2019, 8:42 am
by KML_1981
Looks like there will be a webcam for 410 W. Lake:

https://app.oxblue.com/open/Frana

A reminder on the project:

https://www.southwestjournal.com/new...-lake-harriet/

The webcam at the moment is definitely not this area, but image is probably a place holder for now?

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 12:36 pm
by BBMplsMN
Anyone have more info about this project. It popped up on my facebook feed today.

https://www.facebook.com/events/430516867555985/
IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE: Meeting to determine the fate of The Mall in Uptown TONIGHT!!!

This may be your LAST chance before they start removing the trees and parking spaces along the Mall!!

The Park Board is looking to rush through a decision on removing the historic street "The Mall" in Uptown. This is more than a street, as you see in the picture above it's a beautiful path leading to the chain of Lakes surrounded by some of Uptown's designated historic brown stone apartments. It's used by our friends at Uptown Art Fair "Official" and East Isles Farmers Market.

This plan will include removing all of the large old trees, the parking that the retail workers of Uptown use and the affordable historic apartments use (they have little to no parking since they were built ~1900). This is really sad for Uptown that the minorities agenda is being pushed so they can have a volley ball court a few blocks closer.

Please consider attending this meeting and fighting for Uptown, it's tonight!! They have stacked it with people who support this, lets make sure regular people are being consulted too: Grace Church on 28th at 7 o’clock tonight. If you need transportation I can help, just ping me.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 2:33 pm
by MNdible

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 4:17 pm
by dillonfried
Isn't this just the master planning document that covers all of the parks in that service area? I didn't think any of these projects had funding or a timeline for implementation.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 13th, 2019, 4:27 pm
by MNdible
Yes, I think that's true. However, the Mall area appears to have been significantly revised from the original plan, so apparently they got some feedback from somewhere that not everybody agrees with.

I'd tend to agree, at a minimum, that this is a stupid place to put a sand volleyball court.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 4:16 pm
by twincitizen
I have long thought that the mall should not be a free parking lot. There's certainly high demand for parking due to the parking-less brownstone apartments referenced above, but it definitely shouldn't be free. Work out a deal with the library to allow that parking to be utilized overnight? That should have been part of the library plan from day one, to generate some revenue rather than shut down the parking garage completely outside of library hours.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 21st, 2019, 9:22 pm
by thatchio
Weird place to put the volleyball court. I also hope they don't put anything along the Greenway that is in HCRRA's ROW. Putting park space there could make it harder and more expensive to build any transit in the Greenway.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 9:00 am
by mplsmatt
My understanding is that no trees will be removed as part of the plan and that it's unlikely to implemented for 10 years or so (according to WedgeLive reporting/twitter). I've lived in the area for a long time and while the Mall is a pleasant enough place to pass through, it never occurred to me that it could be much of a destination until the East Isles Farmer's Market opened. I think the use is debatable (volleyball, native plantings, open field, etc), but I'd love to see the area become more of an actual park.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 10:21 am
by amiller92
Not sure why volleyball is any weirder than other park-based sports facilities. Don't think we need more tennis courts. Apparently someone is advocating for pickleball (whatever that is), like, whatever.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 22nd, 2019, 3:39 pm
by Blaisdell Greenway
Sports go in and out of fashion (see: golf). Volleyball is pretty popular now. Pickleball is a low impact racquet sport, essentially tennis with whiffle balls. It's been around and growing in popularity as longtime racquet sports players age.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 9:57 am
by twincitizen
Pickleball is very much a trendy, fast-growing sport right now. It's been popular with older folks for a few years, but my sense is that it's rapidly catching on with players of all ages. I honestly think it will stick around for the long haul. From my perspective, it's an improvement on the game of tennis that requires half the amount of space per court, so it's a natural fit for urban/neighborhood parks. The equipment is cheap, and unlike many active/competitive sports, you don't need to be in great shape to play at an intermediate/advanced level.

I think Mpls could put a few courts around downtown plazas and it would be a huge success, both for the sport itself and for activation of dead spaces, eyes on the street, etc. I know Minneapolis is planning pickleball courts for a variety of different parks around the city, but those need to be implemented ASAP. It really cannot be that expensive to convert a tennis court here or there, and it would be foolish not to ride this massive wave of popularity/growth. The longer Mpls drags its feet on this, the more Mpls residents are driving to the suburbs to play, and that's...not a great outcome.

/pickleball rant

But back on topic, I agree with others, the mall vibe seems like more of a passive park than an active/athletic one.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 10:01 am
by MNdible
I think the issue is that parks can be active or passive. The Mall has historically been a passive park, meaning that it doesn't have sports fields. Not every park needs to, or ought to, have sports activities.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 10:13 am
by alexschief
MNdible wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 10:01 am
I think the issue is that parks can be active or passive. The Mall has historically been a passive park, meaning that it doesn't have sports fields. Not every park needs to, or ought to, have sports activities.
No, but there is strong demand for them, and when you're master planning for investments that might occur a decade in the future, it certainly makes sense to think about whether they might be included. It's hard to say the Mall is much of a park at all right now, so I'd argue its character is totally up for grabs.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 11:35 am
by BBMplsMN
I would prefer The Mall be an art park/sculpture garden type space. A nice visual way to walk from the library to Lake of the Isles. It seems more fitting for the Uptown vibe than sport courts.

Re: RE: Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: August 23rd, 2019, 8:40 pm
by David Greene
BBMplsMN wrote:I would prefer The Mall be an art park/sculpture garden type space. A nice visual way to walk from the library to Lake of the Isles. It seems more fitting for the Uptown vibe than sport courts.
This would be fantastic. I enjoy walking there now and this would make it so much better. I feel like fields/courts/whatever would make for a less pleasant pedestrian experience. It would seem less "public" in a way.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: September 11th, 2019, 1:03 pm
by Blaisdell Greenway
Interior of old Dulono's space is being gutted but there's still a for lease sign on the building. Anyone heard anything?

Also the kitchen fixtures from the Nicollet Burger King are being removed today. This is the first sign of activity since it closed a few years ago.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: September 30th, 2019, 10:06 pm
by Chef
This is underway:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/gro ... 219266.pdf

The old apartment building at the corner of 28th and Garfield has been demolished.

Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Posted: November 21st, 2019, 2:57 pm
by xandrex
Apartment building proposed on the 3500 block of Hennepin Avenue. 75 units, 90 parking spots. Would require the demolition of two houses, a commercial building, and another commercial building with a few apartments on the second floor. https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/d ... th-uptown/

More units in Uptown is great, but it's pretty disappointing to see the loss of two commercial storefronts (article doesn't indicate there will be commercial in the new building). Also 1.2 parking spots per unit isn't great.