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Nick Magrino

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 09/08/14 at 04:37 pm in response to Transit planning ‘debacles’ and the subway option

Just as a general note about the Green Line, it's kinda nuts how many people have been a part of the following conversation without pointing out how silly it is:

"The Green Line is considerably slower than it was advertised as when we bought it."

"It doesn't matter, hardly anyone is taking the line from end to end."

...what? If the line is slower than it's supposed to be, that impacts everyone who uses it, regardless of whether or not they're going from end to end or...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 12:15 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

Matt, here's something I wrote a while back with some thoughts about gentrification:

I'm still not clear what alternative to gentrification we have that would be better, in the grand scheme of things.

And, to put it...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 12:24 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

CJ, I understand the concern--I think I'm lucky that I'm in one of the very few buildings that does kind of fall into that donut hole. There's not much space in the market between $600/month and $1600/month. I think people who are smarter than me would attribute that to the relative lack of development in the past couple decades, until recently. As a rule, new construction is expensive and older construction is less expensive. But we didn't build very much in the past couple decades and so...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 12:40 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

I dunno Ray, that depends. I'm a renter by choice, though I'm not paying rents anywhere near as high as some of the examples in the post. I could probably afford to buy somewhere in the City--like, south of Lake Street.

I think a lot of twentysomethings like myself grew up hearing how buying a house was such a great investment and so on and so forth, and then saw lots of adults suddenly end up $200,000 underwater after six months of a recession. Without even accounting for the cost of...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 01:02 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

Sounds like most of these things are voluntary and so, you know, not necessarily comparable to slavery. The unemployment rate for the Twin Cities metro is four percent:

...which sounds pretty healthy to me, and is in fact right about what's considered "full" employment:


Posted on 07/13/14 at 05:47 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

I wholeheartedly agree that our transit planning leaves much to be desired:


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.