Linden Hills getting not-so-extreme makeover

  • Article by: Bill McAuliffe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 15, 2013 - 12:37 PM

The biggest development in years is on its way, but new guidelines honor the Minneapolis neighborhood’s status quo.

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dtmonkeyboySep. 14, 1310:17 PM

A neighborhood should never fight development but work with developers to make the projects an asset. It has been my experience that the loudest voices simply don't like change. When the boulevard theater was built in SW Minneapolis in the 1940s neighbors fought it because it would bring late night traffic and loud young people into the forward 50 years and the neighborhood fought its closing....and in 10 years, if a new theater is proposed they will fight that too. It seems to be the comfort zone for many when it comes to change.

broomball20Sep. 15, 13 2:12 AM

While I'm glad my old neighborhood is doing well I miss the days of Bayer Hardware, Tom Thumb, Butler Drug, Upton Alley, Big B's Pizza and the '76 station. It's gone from a quiet, middle income tight knit community to yuppie heaven. The area was clean, affordable and friendly. The businesses got plenty of traffic from people who lived nearby. That becomes impossible when property values, property taxes and rents are jacked up to the point where it becomes impossible to survive solely on local customers. I'd much rather take my kids to Big B's, hopefully at one of the "window tables", play the jukebox and grab a pie than pay thirty bucks for some fu-fu entree at Zumba(?). More people and more money don't always make things better.

ryanjcoleSep. 15, 13 2:44 AM

Please NO. I grew up here, I want to move back here. I cannot see myself wanting to live here again with another (yes, another) large building in the neighborhood I still refer to as home.

joe_mnSep. 15, 13 7:13 AM

Near 50/France area? Nimby for sure

mnpls123Sep. 15, 13 7:33 AM

Hodges opposition to this is an example of why she would be a horrible mayor and why I will never vote for her.

movebak2mplsSep. 15, 13 8:04 AM

Anyone that understands the finances of a big, multi-ethnic, multi-class, cities like Minneapolis understands that we have needs that places like Shoreview and Watertown do not. Rybak understands, this. I'm not sure if the residents of Linden Hills do. (Maybe that is a result of living in Linden Hillls?) In order for Minneapolis to thrive, we need to embrace density wherever it is feasible -especially super-fricking-high-end condo developments like the one in. Famous Daves paid about 15k last year in taxes. This new condo development will easily pay (in total) more than 50k in taxes. So instead of sending 1 kid to school, we are now sending 3 at the very minimum. And not only that, there are 20 or so more people in Linden Hills (with money in their pockets) that can grab a coffee everyday at the bakery or and ice cream cone at SJ's. -Or even some fine meats at Clancey's meats.

proute507Sep. 15, 13 8:53 AM

Silly arguments. The reason it's spendy is location. ....near Lake Harriet, close to everything, and in a safe area. There is no conspiracy as to why it costs so much to live there. Not because 10 yuppies got together at a table and orchestrated these high property values... Though it is pretty pathetic to drive down a few streets nearby and see a teardown--replicating a ski chalet, with no yard, towering over a quaint bungalow.

robotczarSep. 15, 13 9:02 AM

What people need to understand is that "embracing density" is sometimes used to support the making a very large profit by somebody at the cost of the nature of a neighborhood. The idea that there is no such thing as bad development will lead to Linden Hills being exploited for profit while ruining the very reasons people want to live there. This battle has been fought and the exploiters were exposed and lost. Please spare us the lessons in economics and city planning that are really about making money at any cost.

rlwr51Sep. 15, 1310:12 AM

Lesson learned - If you like you neighborhood, keep quiet about it or you will see one of these things.... They will double the population of your neighborhood and dilute your voting power. (I'm not so sure that isn't their real purpose)

misha13Sep. 15, 1310:12 AM

One of the developer's main arguments for the need to build such an offensive sized complex was to provide housing for all the empty nesters in Linden Hills who wanted to downsize and stay in the neighborhood. Nice of him to have the same concern for rich suburbanites, now that they are the only ones who can afford his condos. It was and has always been about him making a large profit at the expense of the neighborhood character. I think thats called exploiting. The old prodevelopment argument about density also rings hollow - 16 or even 35 luxury units does not make density.


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