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In neighborhood's core, a six-story complex is planned.
Change happens. Don't oppose it instead work with developers to shape it...perhaps even work to attract the sorts of businesses that are missing.
Parking is a huge issue in Dinkytown. I rely on the lot behind House of Hanson.
BS! You say make change for changes sake, but what you lose is some of the feel of what makes Dinkytown special. You keep making changes here and there, and after a while, it is all gone. Just look at what has happened to downtown Minneapolis. Tearing down beautiful old architectural buildings for bland garbage. Have you ever watched the series on PBS about the Lost Twin Cities? Stop the progress, because it really isn't!
dtmonkeyboy is right on. mixed use with residential over commercial has just as much space for stores as the existing underutilized land use. And Dinkytown is blighted with too many surface parking lots.
How can any progressive-minded person be against this? We need to decrease our footprint, and one of the best ways is to pack things tighter. All of Dinkytown should be razed and 6-10 story buildings put up with shops on the first floors and high-density/low income housing above it.
This is OUR university, and OUR Dinkytown. You folks who desire it like it was 40 years ago when you went there just don't get the new world.
Gosh, isn't it a shame that a few of these property owners have decided to sell their property to developers rather than see it fizzle to nothing.
Excuse me while I barf. More concrete at the U of M. I'm sorry but the campus has turned into concreteville, with the warmth and charm of Woodbury.
Dinkytown has a problem with parking. It doesn't have enough. That needs to be addressed in any development plans. These plans would appear to make it worse. That won't be helpful for the businesses or residents of the area. Further, 6 stories will stick out and not match the neighborhood. The taller buildings in the area already are sore thumbs. aA 3 or 4 story building will be tall here already, much less 6. This plan also threatens long lasting and venerable businesses. Dinkytown has already lost one of its great bookstores. I'd really hate to see The Book House go.
The only problem is they knock these old buildings down and put up this sterrile, cold buildings and then everyone has to jack the prices up to pay rent that is now 2-3 times higher than it was in the old buildings!
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