Suburbs - General Topics

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby PhilmerPhil » April 16th, 2016, 1:56 pm

Hey, that's kinda like Uptown!

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby grant1simons2 » April 16th, 2016, 2:49 pm

New brewery opened in Wayzata:

http://sailor.mnsun.com/2016/04/15/sipp ... -now-open/

Wayzata City Council inviting public input on Lake Effect Signature Project April 19:

http://sailor.mnsun.com/2016/04/14/wayz ... -april-19/

Here's the final design for those who are curious:

http://wayzatalakeeffect.com/wp-content ... 2316-1.pdf

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby mulad » April 16th, 2016, 5:13 pm

Well, only after it's already been closed and then gussied up for Hollywood:

http://jalopnik.com/the-story-of-the-tr ... -483083293

And I see that the site is now wiped clean after the buildings were finally demolished within the last decade:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2 ... !1e3?hl=en

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Re: Legacy Town Suburbs (Hopkins, Anoka, Stillwater, Shakopee, Chaska, etc.)

Postby mplser » April 24th, 2016, 11:15 am

anyone who has a bizjournal subsciption can tell me what this is about? looks like people are calling 2-story warehouses "skyscrapers" LOL

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/p ... rk.html#i1

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Re: Legacy Town Suburbs (Hopkins, Anoka, Stillwater, Shakopee, Chaska, etc.)

Postby HiawathaGuy » April 25th, 2016, 2:28 pm

mplser wrote:anyone who has a bizjournal subsciption can tell me what this is about? looks like people are calling 2-story warehouses "skyscrapers" LOL

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/p ... rk.html#i1
It's simply a play on words. Likely to get clicks.
The article talks about newer buildings are being built taller than the older buildings.

From the article:
"Newer and taller buildings make financial sense for tenants because they can reduce their total square footage, DePietro said.

For example, a 200,000-square-foot warehouse with a 32-foot ceiling could store more than double the amount of pallets as a building of the same size with 20 foot ceiling, he said."

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby twincitizen » April 29th, 2016, 9:53 am

This months old article (originally titled "Blaine: Edina of the North?" or some such nonsense) has a very interesting chart that I didn't see the first time around: http://www.startribune.com/blaine-set-t ... 365524031/

It shows inflation-adjusted percentage change in median HH income for several burbs, 2000-2014. Huge drops for Burnsville (18%) and Bloomington (14%). The statewide drop was 4%, showing that median HH income is not keeping up with inflation.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby matthew5080 » May 5th, 2016, 11:18 am

Hy-Vee is getting closer to finalizing plans for a store in Shakopee. I'm actually a fan of their expansion, because the new Hy-Vee's are quality grocery stores and I prefer shopping there over Cub or Target.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/n ... plans.html

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby Anondson » May 20th, 2016, 3:55 pm

Drove through 169/55, mildly impressed to see two large apartments hitting their max height simultaneously. One one Golden Valley and the other in Plymouth. Adding more residential weight to the 394/55/169 cluster. Wish there was a better way to connect all these highway-divided slices than ... well ... the highways.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby mattaudio » May 20th, 2016, 4:03 pm

Ah, you mean these two projects.

ImageIMG_20160511_124852 by Matt Steele, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20160511_124856 by Matt Steele, on Flickr

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby Anondson » May 20th, 2016, 4:08 pm

Yup. I think that Golden Valley site has another adjacent building that starts soon too.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby grant1simons2 » May 20th, 2016, 5:58 pm

Passed through Glen Lake today and saw that this is under construction.

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For anyone who hasn't been to Glen Lake, I highly suggest visiting. It's a unique little area in Minnetonka that has a ton of history. There are Pre-WW2 farm homes and mixed in with cottages. Some bits of walkability and a place for a good burger.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby VacantLuxuries » May 24th, 2016, 2:19 pm

Mortenson is building a huge parking ramp to support a new building at their HQ. It'll looks about as bland as all the other buildings on the campus.
http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/b ... nsion.html

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby mamundsen » May 25th, 2016, 10:53 am

I'm having a debate with a friend who lives in the south Metro. He didn't know about the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools referendum that went to a vote last night, even though he lives in Savage (although doesn't have kids). He's against it "no taxes" kind of republican. I would have been for it (I live in WBL), because it is a growing part of town and the schools need to expand to support the new housing going up. Anyone on here from that area? Care to chime in?

Info from the School Dist: http://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/r ... index.aspx

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby fehler » May 25th, 2016, 1:10 pm

I don't know anything about the question, but I used to live in Scott County. I like how they gave a breakdown by precinct of the voting totals, Savage voted in favor, Prior Lake and the townships against (absentee broke 2:1 in favor, need more absentee ballots!)

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby fehler » May 25th, 2016, 1:16 pm

Looking into it slightly, the big ticket items were technology upgrades and upgrades to an "Area Learning Center". Its hard to make parents (and non-parents) want to increase taxes to pay for educating "those kids".

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby winterfan » May 25th, 2016, 2:00 pm

The increase in taxes was probably hard to stomach. People with a $300K house could expect a $372/yr. increase in property taxes. That's about a 10% jump in taxes.

The school levies for MPS seem much more palatable. I think the last one increased our taxes about $50 a year.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby min-chi-cbus » May 25th, 2016, 10:19 pm

winterfan wrote:The increase in taxes was probably hard to stomach. People with a $300K house could expect a $372/yr. increase in property taxes. That's about a 10% jump in taxes.

The school levies for MPS seem much more palatable. I think the last one increased our taxes about $50 a year.
BUT, if the schools improved greatly, imagine how much more value the house would have.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby winterfan » May 26th, 2016, 9:23 am

min-chi-cbus wrote:
winterfan wrote:The increase in taxes was probably hard to stomach. People with a $300K house could expect a $372/yr. increase in property taxes. That's about a 10% jump in taxes.

The school levies for MPS seem much more palatable. I think the last one increased our taxes about $50 a year.
BUT, if the schools improved greatly, imagine how much more value the house would have.
Sure, and then your taxes would go up even higher when reassessed. I'm not against school funding (especially for academics), but if I lived in PL/Savage, I might question the spending that would cause a 10% increase. I'm not sure if adding six HS gyms is necessary when they already have four. That's a huge expense. My HS had 1400 kids and one gym. We all seemed to survive and still have competitive sports teams.

I accept that taxes will go up, but our Mpls property taxes went up almost 10% this year alone and it hurts. We like our house, but I kind of miss the days when the neighborhood was a little rougher around the edges, lol.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby mattaudio » May 26th, 2016, 11:07 am

winterfan wrote:Sure, and then your taxes would go up even higher when reassessed.
Not if the improved school quality results in improved neighborhood desirability that inflates everyone's home values. Then it would stay flat.


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