$400 million plan would reshape Minneapolis’ downtown east
A $400 million mixed-use project near the new Vikings stadium would transform the eastern stretch of downtown Minneapolis, a largely barren area that has long struggled to attract substantial development.
The five-block area, now owned by the Star Tribune, would become home to two, 20-story office towers spanning 1.2 million square feet of space, Ryan Cos. said in a proposal released Tuesday. In addition, 300 residential units and retail stores will be part of the development.
The city’s end of the bargain involves borrowing $65 million to fund a parking ramp and an 8.9-acre park extending toward downtown from the stadium site, which would be the largest park in the heart of downtown.
The entire development is expected to be completed by July 2016, in time for the stadium opening.
Minnesota beats Boston University to repeat as NCAA women’s hockey champ
The University of Minnesota completed an undefeated season Sunday afternoon and won its second straight women’s hockey title with a 6-3 victory over Boston University at Ridder Arena.
The Gophers have won 49 games in a row dating back to the final weeks of the 2011-12 season. Star Tribune
BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!
James Beard Foundation: Kramarczuk’s is an “America’s Classics”
The James Beard Foundation has reaffirmed what Twin Citians have known for years. Namely, that Kramarczuk’s is worthy of joining the fraternity of “America’s Classics.”
The culinary foundation announced today that the northeast Minneapolis landmark is the recipient of one of five annual “America’s Classics” honors, which are given to restaurants “that have timeless appeal and are beloved for quality food that reflects the character of their community.”
What a fitting tribute to the source for cabbage rolls, dumplings, sauerkraut-smothered house-made sausages, savory crepes topped with horseradish-fortified sour cream, kielbasa, bratwurst (an iconic Target Field favorite) kolaches and other trademark menu items, all of which have been luring hungry Minnesotans to northeast Minneapolis for nearly 60 years.
Downtown Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue to get a makeover
Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis is home to pretty, bustling theaters — and unsightly parking lots and empty storefronts.
If a coalition of arts groups has its way, the entire 2 miles between the Walker Art Center and the Mississippi River will become a pedestrian-friendly cultural destination.Their plan, to be funded by a combination of public, nonprofit and business-community sources, emphasizes building on the avenue’s existing strengths.
Details were released Thursday, and the Minneapolis City Council is expected to approve the plan Friday. It includes making the avenue, as well as some parallel and intersecting streets, more appealing to young families and tourists. A new visitors’ hub would let pedestrians buy theater rush tickets, get directions or simply warm up. Other amenities would be more trees and grass, direct street-to-skyway connections, courtyards and flexible event spaces, small street-level shops and restaurants, and mixed-use residential and work lofts. The plan also identifies several spots in need of the most improvement, such as the neglected Gateway area near the river, space-wasting surface lots and the Interstate 94 overpass.
Guindon Cartoons, 1977
Long story short, St. Paul native Richard “Dick” Guindon was a cartoonist in college at the U of M for the MN Daily, then posted a daily gag panel in the Minneapolis Tribune from 1968 - 1981. My point is, I just found this book in a closet at my parent’s house, and I will be scanning and sharing the magic of Guindon’s cartoons with you. The cool thing is, most of his cartoons were “Minnesota-centric” and dealt with things like cold weather, carp, the Vikings and our passive-aggressive behavior.
Richard is alive and well and living in northern Michigan now, and you can find more of his art on his website http://www.guindoncartoons.com/
Snow deep, pretty; up to 14” could fall by day’s end
National Weather Service forecasters predicted that 14 inches could blanket the Twin Cities by the time snow stops falling late Sunday night, with even more farther west, where blizzard conditions were reported.
Spotted in the Strib internal archives: The original drawings for Block E via Eric Roper