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Old March 21st, 2017, 07:31 PM   #61
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Old March 21st, 2017, 07:47 PM   #62
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^ I agree that downtown has kind of jumped the river, though it's really still NE Minneapolis.

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...Even then I think other things could like a redevelopment of Nicollet Island and better pedestrian connections will be needed before we can actually think of it as a connected/extended downtown area. but we're getting there!
Nicollet Island won't be redeveloped in anyone here's lifetime. The Park Board owns it and no houses can be built or moved to it, and no further commercial development is allowed. Existing residents have a 99-year lease (granted in the 80's) and eventually the land will be a park. And I doubt LaSalle High School will be moving anytime soon either.
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Old March 21st, 2017, 07:56 PM   #63
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Why the f**k would anybody want to redevelop Nicollet island? It's fine how it is. A little oasis in the heart of the city. Love walking my dog there.
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If anything, Nicollet Island could use more park space. I'd like to see the overflow parking for Nicollet Island Inn completely removed, along with Wilder St., and then converted into landscaped park space. As it is, that whole southeastern end of the island is kind of a disorganized mess.

The City of Minneapolis doesn't have any kind of dedicated Japanese or Asian-style garden and this would be a great, easily-accessible spot! I've always wanted a showpiece type of attraction on Nicollet Island — something that's open to the public and not just a private photo op for wedding parties at the Pavilion.
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The City of Minneapolis doesn't have any kind of dedicated Japanese or Asian-style garden and this would be a great, easily-accessible spot!
There is one at Lake Harriet next to the Rose Gardens.
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Old March 21st, 2017, 10:45 PM   #66
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There is one at Lake Harriet next to the Rose Gardens.
While it's a nice little space, it's really just a mediocre rock garden that I wouldn't even bother to take a visitor from out of town to.

A proper Japanese garden has a beautiful, dramatic water feature and meticulous landscaping down to the individual branches of a tree. Even the gardens at Como Park and the Arboretum are somewhat lacking, in my humble opinion.
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 07:01 AM   #69
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As the river ebbs and flows around the Island it will slowly deposit more material on the southern end and thus make the Island bigger. Erosion controls on the west end upstream will prevent any of that from being washed away.
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While it's a nice little space, it's really just a mediocre rock garden that I wouldn't even bother to take a visitor from out of town to.

A proper Japanese garden has a beautiful, dramatic water feature and meticulous landscaping down to the individual branches of a tree. Even the gardens at Como Park and the Arboretum are somewhat lacking, in my humble opinion.
Doesn't the Conservatory at Como have a beautiful Japanese Garden?
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Doesn't the Conservatory at Como have a beautiful Japanese Garden?
Yes, but that's in St. Paul. Minneapolis has nothing like it, and Minneapolis has the best park system in the entire country. Minneapolis really, really needs to push and promote that as a defining characteristic of the city's culture and quality of life.
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Here is how Nord Haus is making an impact on the neighborhood skyline from a distance.

Nord Haus construction Minneapolis 3-22-17 by Matt Bappe, on Flickr
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I can't wait for the towers cladding. Of the comparable sized buildings, this, KA's, RISE, and Legacy, I think this one is the best.
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I've literally never heard a human being call it "North Downtown." It's Northeast. That's it.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 05:41 AM   #76
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I can't wait for the towers cladding. Of the comparable sized buildings, this, KA's, RISE, and Legacy, I think this one is the best.
Love the glass! In addition, this is one of the rare residential towers in the Twin Cities that has curvature as part of its massing. It really softens the look and gives it a more refined, elegant appearance. Once in a while it's nice to see something that breaks the mold.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 07:07 PM   #77
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How many floors are represented from that picture?
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That is 14 floors.
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This photo by Noah Kleinschmidt is about a month old but it clearly shows that Nord Haus is starting to impact the skyline:

Dawn Curve by Noah Kleinschmidt, on Flickr
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I can see it on campus now. Crossing the Stone Arch and Washington Ave bridge. Can also see it riding my bike down 5th.
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