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Brandon Warner

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Posted on 12/18/12 at 11:32 am in response to 9 worst urban planning moves in Twin Cities history


Borders was having a bad go of it nationally, but that is equally a black eye on Block E for not getting financially healthy tenants and/or brands, as Borders wasn't in great shape when it opened there.

Sure, AMC was forced out, but I don't remember much indication that they were doing gangbusters there. And what about GameWorks? They had been wanting to get out of their lease for years. Oh, and Hard Rock Cafe, the perpetually empty, and crappy restaurant. Which reminds...

Posted on 12/18/12 at 02:57 pm in response to 9 worst urban planning moves in Twin Cities history

Trader Joe's is a grocery store with notoriously small footprints, even with parking (often their inner city locations have less than 10 spots), so not really a big box at all. As well, the purpose of Joe's is completely different from that of Block E. Block was a misguided attempt to get Suburbanites to visit downtown, whereas Joe's is meant to serve those living around the store. It's not meant to compete with anything but the grocers in that neighborhood, unlike Block E.

Posted on 01/12/12 at 09:45 am in response to Legislators face fourth down on Vikings stadium

Liz, what are the rules of the "U.S. stadium game" that Minnesotans have no choice but to play by, and why is that?

I'm assuming that these rules are that for a team not to leave the public must take the majority of the financial burden. But this is a falsehood propagated by the sports industry, sports media, and government officials who see building extremely expensive sports arenas or stadiums as ways to put their stamp on their term in office.

There are plenty of stadiums...

Posted on 07/26/11 at 10:43 am in response to Why The Current's ratings are soaring

Paul, really have to disagree with your comparison. SiriusXMU is way more 'trendy' (often times in a bad way) and repetitive than Current. I counted one day in June and heard both Tune-Yards and Tyler, The Creator 5 times each between 9 and 5.

And AltNation is a whole other animal entirely; playing Switchfoot, Green Day, and other pop-alt blech. Which is fine if that's what you're into, but how that intersects in anyway with the Current or SiriusXMU is a bit of a head-scratcher....