Minneapolis sees high-density future

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2012 - 5:56 AM

But not all neighborhoods are eager for condos or towers.

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jbpaperDec. 16, 12 6:15 AM

"To keep the peace, city leaders hope to appeal to people's pocketbooks -- more units mean more people paying taxes --" ----- That would be a good thing if I actually thought it would reduce my taxes. However, most likely they will just spend the extra tax revenue.

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jbpaperDec. 16, 12 6:20 AM

""Rental housing is entering a new era where it's sought by the populations that cities really want to retain," Schiff said." ---- Yet the city makes people jump through hoops and charges outrageous fees in order to turn a house into a rental property.

"Schiff believes the city is moving in that direction by removing limits on what kinds of uses can be located in different zones." ---- I think Trader Joes would disagree with that.

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ranger78Dec. 16, 12 7:21 AM

Two points. First, this is great news if you want to live like sardines. Noisy neighbors from the wall next door. No place for kids. This is reverting back to the crowed, overly dense cities that end creating more problems. Etc. Second, obviously, Mpls isn't learning from Chicago's experience. Downtown Chicago is full of these condos. Young people love them until they start families. Then they move to the suburbs. High vacancy rates persist.

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CocoLotionDec. 16, 12 7:43 AM

who can afford luxury apartments downtown? not most of the people who work downtown..the mail and copy room staff, the secretaries, the receptionists, the wait staff, the hostesses, the bartenders, the cashiers. thanks luxury living for pushing those who need it most out.

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west336Dec. 16, 12 7:49 AM

If you want to live in the middle of the city you're going to be living in an urban environment. If you don't understand this as a resident of the city you're not going to adapt well to the future. The notion that the Lake-Nicollet redevelopment site at K-Mart would be limited to 4 floors because the "residents" nearby say so is frankly appalling. There are THREE 20+ story towers VERY close to that location....not to mention the majority of residents in that area are renters or live in Section 8 housing. Let the market decide what can be built there and then work with the developers to make it a great part of the community. Don't mouth off what limits you'd like to impose on development based on a loosely-defined air of authority and entitlement you think you have because you live in the same neighborhood.

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onthemallDec. 16, 12 8:04 AM

Erica Christ, president of the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors.... "The neighborhood will object to anything that's over four stories," Here is where the problem starts, you have an underutilized prime piece of real-estate that could be developed into an incredible development and we have people like this standing in the way. What a missed opportunity it would be to not build taller than 4 stories on this property. As for the "Chicago" issues, we are not Chicago, and we are a long way from ever being Chicago. I live in a high rise building downtown and love it, I live near parks that can make you feel you are in the north woods of Minnesota, yet they are located in the middle of a vibrant city. As for the "kid issue" not everyone has kids, some who do, choose to live in the city. Have you been to the North Loop neighborhood? The City of Minneapolis needs to "grow-up" and stop apologizing for it!

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nhlinhoustonDec. 16, 12 8:08 AM

West 336- You are right on the money. Its a ciy folks!If you want the small-town midwestern experience move to Rochester or La Crosse! Stop screwing things up for low-income, working families and individuals.Forbes magazine ranks Minneapolis the 2nd worst city to be a renter.The vacancy rate in Minneapolis is an immoral policy to defend. It effects low income household disproportionately!

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rickbmnDec. 16, 12 8:18 AM

More nanny-state, tell-you-how and tell-you-where to live. This is their social engineering scheme to control the masses.

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mikee16Dec. 16, 12 8:30 AM

Make sure you get the subsidies for the low income housing and keep Rybek's voter base growing. Before you know it, Minneapolis will become Chicago. Communities are built by working taxpaying home owners. People with skin in the game, not transient renters chasing the best welfare situations.

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granny47Dec. 16, 12 8:46 AM

I seriously doubt it will be the "graying baby boom generation or the consistent wave of immigrants" that will be renting the downtown or No. shore of Lake Calhoun condos.

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