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Adam Miller

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 04/18/14 at 02:13 pm in response to Minneapolis Council committee votes to demolish historic rooming house

The future renters will be no less invested in the new property than the current renters are in the current property.

Also, if you've been by the place, you wouldn't be calling it a beautiful home. Maybe it could be if someone wanted to spend a large sum of money restoring it, but it is not a beautiful home in its present state.

Posted on 04/18/14 at 02:18 pm in response to Minneapolis Council committee votes to demolish historic rooming house

Across 24th Street there's a beautifully restored mansion. Next to that one, there is another nicely redone one (not sure all of the wrought iron is historical, but it looks nice nonetheless). Across Colfax there a stately brick house. The neighborhood is going to be just fine.

Except now more people are going to get to enjoy it and an under-maintained and somewhat unattractive rooming house is going to be replaced with an attractive and hopefully well-maintained apartment building...

Posted on 04/11/14 at 10:25 am in response to A plan to stitch Minneapolis together again: Cover a stretch of I-35W

Does it matter whether the the developers come? I think it would be a positive simply to cover the freeway and reconnect the physical space on either side. If all we get is parkland out of it, that would be great.

Part of what they bargained for. How is that difficult to understand? The deal changed to Minneapolis's detriment. Why should it be happy about that?

The expectations was that Kenilworth would take on substantially increased train traffic (in the form of frequent light rail runs) in exchange for being relieved of two or three freight trains a day. Now the deal is that Kenilworth gets to keep both.

Maybe that's the best available outcome, but I don't know why anyone would expect...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 11:19 am in response to Urban development: mixed use, mixed results?

Not sure about your New York assertions. Those blocks of brownstones tend to be capped by blocks of bodegas and coffee shops and restaurants. They may not be mixed use on every block, but the neighborhood definitely contains mixed uses.

London too, for that matter. At least in the bits of central London I've visited and, briefly, lived in, I don't think there is anywhere you could live that wasn't at minimum an easy walk from a pub.

Posted on 04/03/14 at 11:40 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Those affluent DFLers currently have what, two or three, freight trains a day going through a rail right of way in their back yard. And they've agreed to accept substantially more frequent train traffic through that right of way in the form of light rail to shuttle people back and forth from the suburbs, in exchange for St. Louis Park taking those two or three trains per day.

So, no, they aren't equivalent positions. St. Louis park is asking to get all of the benefit but bear none of...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 11:48 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

Those claims are dubious as well.

They need a new building and there is space available to build it and yet doing so is somehow controversial. We Minnesotans are strange people.

Posted on 03/19/14 at 12:09 pm in response to The Vikings Stadium deal is a study in diminishing returns

It's a strange day to be arguing that we're seeing diminishing returns. Just today, the city sold the air rights over it's stadium-mandated new parking ramp for a new hotel and apartment complex just across the street from the new stadium. In addition to the up-front payment, that's new property tax revenue, new lodging tax revenue and new entertainment tax revenue.

And that's in addition to the Ryan development and park, all of which likely would not have happened without the...

Posted on 03/20/14 at 11:50 am in response to The Vikings Stadium deal is a study in diminishing returns

But would they have, Sam? The city certainly would not have built that parking ramp (and it certainly should not have), so no, it would not have. And the new hotel and apartments are out too.

And as you say, the park wasn't happening without the stadium.

Might Ryan still have built a new building for Wells Fargo? Certainly could have, but the stadium was definitely a catalyst for it to go forward.

I don't think there is any question that if nothing else, the stadium has...