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Nick Magrino

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 07/09/13 at 06:54 pm in response to Is it time to start dismantling downtown freeways?

I'm all about being trendy, but how much demand for new land is there? There are still acres and acres and acres of surface parking lots in Downtown Minneapolis, plenty of depressed demand in general in Downtown St. Paul, and plenty of vacant land elsewhere throughout the urbanized core of the metro. Considering the game of hot potato being played for the management responsibilities for the proposed two block park near the new Vikings stadium, it'd seem like adding new parkland is out too....

Posted on 07/15/13 at 05:18 pm in response to Is it time to start dismantling downtown freeways?

Lots more conversation going on about this subject here:

Posted on 06/11/13 at 12:05 pm in response to Do we really need mass transit to limit our dependence on cars?

The car-as-default option is so ingrained in most Americans' lives that most really don't even think about the equation. As someone who doesn't own a car but will occasionally borrow one, I think most regular drivers over-estimate the hassle of being a public transit user. It's the occasional inconvenience of being three minutes late on a bus because the driver had to set up a wheelchair-bound passenger, versus the near-constant stress of circling poorly-designed parking lots, dodging other...

Posted on 03/28/13 at 10:36 am in response to Does the Midwest matter? Notes on the geography of greatness

This was a really nice piece.

Posted on 03/14/13 at 12:04 pm in response to 10 years after Iraq War: What do we have to show for it?

It's really astonishing how quickly the Iraq War has left the country's popular conscience, and also how quickly everyone forgot about the WMDs a couple years into it. Er...what were we talking about again? Sorry, I was looking at my phone.

Posted on 03/12/13 at 11:30 am in response to Minneapolis apartment development booms, but not in the burbs

As a city resident/booster who lives, works, and shops in Downtown Minneapolis: I'm pretty sure that if you were to look back in newspapers and magazines every few months back to, say, the Industrial Revolution, you'd see the exact same stories about the "new trend in urban living!!". Like I said, I live in the city and love it, and the surprising freedom you have when you aren't chained to a $300 or $400/month car payment and accompanying mindset.

But there were just some Strib...

Posted on 03/07/13 at 10:45 am in response to The great senior sell-off: Our next housing crisis?

I seriously wonder about the design life of many of these suburban tract houses--don't say can't buy a feeling. Not necessarily in the St. Louis Parks or even the Minnetonkas of the world, but in the Chaskas and the Elk Rivers, the belt of beige vinyl siding out in the third-ring and beyond. Taking out thirty year mortgages on what will then be decades-old buildings built with balloon construction using toothpicks and imported drywall doesn't seem like a great investment. How...

Posted on 02/26/13 at 01:39 pm in response to How to make sure housing doesn’t bring down the economy again

I've talked about this a bit elsewhere on the web, but I've gotten really skeptical about the whole premise of subsidizing housing, whether it's the mortgage interest deduction, or "affordable" new construction where we explicitly pay a developer to build a building, rent the units for $1200, and then have the government pay half the rent. It just seems very convoluted.

In theory, there's a natural progression in the market. Older units are more affordable. There's a whole article in...

Posted on 02/07/13 at 01:06 pm in response to Dayton delivers 'surprises' throughout State of the State speech

"'This was ‘Gov. Divisive’ at his worst,' Davids said. 'He’d rather talk about gays getting married than jobs for Minnesotans.'"

Literally laughed out loud at that one. Uh, what'd you guys do from 2011-2013?

Posted on 02/01/13 at 11:51 am in response to A boom is underway in Uptown

Your first sentence says a lot about the whole country--the economy is fine where it should be. Cities are booming. If the main lasting consequence of the Great Recession is that some strip malls in Elk River never fill up and some "townhomes" in North Las Vegas never sell, so be it.

Also, there's lots of info on Uptown projects here: