Author Archive | Max Musicant

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): A Tool for Preservation

  Minneapolis is growing. For the first time since the 1970s, the population has reached more than 400,000 people, and folks are struggling to find places to live. There’s a lot of economic pressure to demolish old homes and develop apartment buildings and condominiums to make space for these new residents. This influx of people […]

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“The Yard” Part 3: Making it Work: for the City, Ryan Co., the Vikings, and (most important) – the Public

The Yard Series Part 1: 3 Questions that Need to be Answered about the Yard Part 2: Time to Raise Expectations for The Yard – A World Class Downtown Park Part 3: “The Yard” Part 3: Making it Work: for the City, Ryan Co., the Vikings, and (most important) – the Public A (much needed) […]

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3 Questions that Need to be Answered About The Yard & Ryan Co’s Downtown East Project

 “The Yard”   The proposed $400 million East Downtown corporate Wells Fargo office, housing, retail, parking and park complex being proposed by Ryan Development is chugging along, having just received unanimous support from the Minneapolis Planning Commission. At the center of this project – literally and figuratively – is “The Yard” a two block (likely […]

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Winter in the City – We Can Do Better

As November draws to a close, winter has descended on the Twin Cities with force. This means it’s time to hunker down, withdraw from the public realm and resign ourselves to scurrying between our home, car, parking garage and office – punctuated only by strolls through climate controlled malls and skyways. It doesn’t have to […]

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Placemaking Adventures in Suburbia

We all know the scene: a typical busy suburban intersection, cars going 45 mph+ on 4-8 lanes of road, a few strip retail centers each with a lake of parking in front. Sometimes – if you are lucky – there are some extras: a lonely bus stop, a newer project that attempts to engage the […]

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