Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby DFPegg » January 30th, 2015, 4:08 pm

Seriously though, I do like the HCGC complex on the whole.

The building on the inside has a ton of light, which is important considering the depressing things that transpire in court. I just wish the stairwells had windows in them too. I also like the park and plaza. If anything, I wish the fountain wasn't there. It is a great place for demonstrations, since it's between the city and county government seats. Most Latin American cities have their main plaza, flanked by the major institutions. In the warmer months, our plaza fills up pretty nice with people at noon.

It is true as stated above that the plaza would work better if the US Bank building had better frontage and the tube-parking-lot thing wasn't a parking lot but something of greater social importance, instead of being just the most expensive parking lot around

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby fehler » January 30th, 2015, 4:24 pm

I like driving down 6th towards the HCGC. Feels like the trench run in Star Wars. Stay on target!

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Nick » January 30th, 2015, 5:13 pm

I was going to say that--the view looking towards the Government Center down 6th from the skyway to City Center in winter during afternoon rush hour is one of my favorite downtown views. All the red brake lights, miscellaneous steam, the canyon.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby bapster2006 » January 30th, 2015, 5:44 pm

I like the Govt center too, and both plazas. The view in the north plaza looking west has given me lots of cool photos. It's a nice canyon view.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby nate » January 30th, 2015, 8:40 pm

I had business inside the HCGC this week (not a court date) and the twin towers thing was quite fascinating. On my side, bureaucrats worked in open offices. Across the atrium, in clear view, people waited for court. I am not a sucker for symbolism but there was a fascinating gulf between workaday Wednesday for the people on one side and an exceptionally shitty day for the people on the other.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby seanrichardryan » January 31st, 2015, 12:00 am

I've only ridden on light-rail once.
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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby twincitizen » February 2nd, 2015, 2:19 pm

I'm pretty sure my 5-story apartment building is "out of scale with the neighborhood," but it was built in 1972 so IDGAF

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby RailBaronYarr » February 2nd, 2015, 3:27 pm

^No way man. I really like that building, and the corner of 35th/Dupont has a ton of old 3-3.5 story buildings. A 5 story one fits right in.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Silophant » February 16th, 2015, 8:45 am

My girlfriend and I went to the Dakota Jazz Club for Valentine's Day. It's all of six blocks from my apartment, but we drove.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby min-chi-cbus » February 16th, 2015, 8:51 am

I've shopped at Wal-Mart :oops:

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby PhilmerPhil » February 16th, 2015, 9:04 am

Silophant wrote:My girlfriend and I went to the Dakota Jazz Club for Valentine's Day. It's all of six blocks from my apartment, but we drove.
I can top that. My wife and I drove to the White Castle that is also six blocks from us for Valentine's Day.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby acs » February 16th, 2015, 9:11 am

I commute in a coal roller from Wisconsin to Minneapolis...

Just Kidding.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Lancestar2 » February 16th, 2015, 9:54 am

PhilmerPhil wrote:
Silophant wrote:My girlfriend and I went to the Dakota Jazz Club for Valentine's Day. It's all of six blocks from my apartment, but we drove.
I can top that. My wife and I drove to the White Castle that is also six blocks from us for Valentine's Day.
Can I ask why to both of you? Why was driving more desirable than walking or public transit or for silophant taking the skyway for your trip. I'm just curious.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Nathan » February 16th, 2015, 10:05 am

Probably because it was cold and windy and they were dressed up. I think comfort on valentine's day is a must lol.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Silophant » February 16th, 2015, 10:08 am

In my case it was to avoid going outside. We drove from my building's garage to Retek's garage, then took the skyway across 10th to Target Plaza.

Relatedly, my "It'll be good for me to be forced outside, so I'm going to intentionally live in a non-skyway connected building" plan that seemed like such a good idea in May when I was looking for housing has seemed much worse these past couple months.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby PhilmerPhil » February 16th, 2015, 10:10 am

A few reasons.

-It happened to be just a few degrees out that night. We would have walked had it been in the twenties or higher.
-My wife was wearing a dress, because we dress up when we go to White Castle.
-Like many of us die-hard urbanists on here, our spouses may not be as willing to push those bike/walk/transit limits as ourselves. We can try to nudge them to other modes, but at some point, compromises have to be made and you end up driving more than you would prefer. (Gotta give my wife credit though, she loves to walk and bike places when it's nice out!)

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby FISHMANPET » February 16th, 2015, 10:16 am

Yeah Saturday was just disgustingly brutally cold. I went outside to throw some garbage away and I felt like dying.

My wife and I have made a tradition of Valentine's Day lunch then staying home for the evening.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby MNdible » February 16th, 2015, 10:35 am

PhilmerPhil wrote:Like many of us die-hard urbanists on here, our spouses may not be as willing to push those bike/walk/transit limits as ourselves.


I know this is supposed to be a fun thread, but can I just ask that you keep this nugget of truth in mind when you go back to the Transportation thread? And you could maybe also remember that many aren't as physically fit as young people in their 20's.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Tcmetro » February 16th, 2015, 10:47 am

MNdible wrote:
PhilmerPhil wrote:Like many of us die-hard urbanists on here, our spouses may not be as willing to push those bike/walk/transit limits as ourselves.


I know this is supposed to be a fun thread, but can I just ask that you keep this nugget of truth in mind when you go back to the Transportation thread? And you could maybe also remember that many aren't as physically fit as young people in their 20's.
Hence why Minneapolis needs subways. ;)

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby talindsay » February 16th, 2015, 1:01 pm

Lancestar2 wrote:
PhilmerPhil wrote:
Silophant wrote:My girlfriend and I went to the Dakota Jazz Club for Valentine's Day. It's all of six blocks from my apartment, but we drove.
I can top that. My wife and I drove to the White Castle that is also six blocks from us for Valentine's Day.
Can I ask why to both of you? Why was driving more desirable than walking or public transit or for silophant taking the skyway for your trip. I'm just curious.
It's hard to make out in the back seat of a city bus or a street bench. Actually, it's not hard but it lacks the privacy of a car.


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