The news of a proposal for a grocery store at the Terrace Mall (36th and Bottineau Blvd) has spurred lots of conversation in social media and in person. There seem to be some misconceptions or assumptions being made about the city’s role in this proposal and development in general. Hopefully this will answer some questions. The Proposal To reiterate, this is a proposal. There are still many elements and details that need to be resolved before decisions are made.

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Pulling into the back parking lot at 4165-4175 West Broadway sure didn’t feel much different. It’s been empty for a couple years now, and the trade mark white columns are a reminder of the former occupants long history at the site. But getting a quick tour of the empty interior held the potential for some dramatic changes along West Broadway. The Carlyle Group officially purchased the old TCF Bank building at 4165-4175 West Broadway on the morning of July 31st.

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Looking North, towards West Broadway (Courtesy of Urban Design Associates) A light rail train pulls into the station and commuters hop out. They are greeted with a tree lined plaza and a walkway leading straight to downtown Robbinsdale, with restaurants, a brewery and tap room, the State’s best butcher shop, a locally owned furniture shop, and an antique consignment store a short walk away. The walkway, or “promenade”, extends across West Broadway to the “back door” of Nonna Rosa’s and Pig Ate My Pizza and extends both the downtown area and the possibility of even more small businesses popping up within walking distance of the light rail stop.

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There has not been a lot of public information about the water main break since the second giant hole appeared on County Road 9 several weeks ago. This last week finally provided some answers on a number of fronts. The Joint Water Commission (a legal entity formed by the cities of Golden Valley, Crystal and New Hope) owns the pipe that broke and is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the pipe.

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Each spring a group of kids from Christo Rey High School roll into businesses across the Metro area for a great opportunity in hands on learning. A portion of every week is spent in classrooms and traditional topics and learning. Then once or twice a week they spread out to 90 different companies for their Corporate Work Study program. There are a broad range of industries represented including technology, law firms, hospitals, insurance companies, utilities and many more.

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Every spring the emails start popping up, and the Facebook posts start appearing. “Cars are driving too fast down my road!” Or, “Cars never stop at that stop sign!” And sometimes, both. It is the number one complaint during the summer, since it is such a visible and naturally concerning issue. Almost all of us live in a residential neighborhood, and we watch as cars speed by and roll through stop signs.

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On a sunny Thursday morning in early April – that one day the sun was out, before it snowed again and then again – I drove up to a quiet neighborhood in South Minneapolis. On the corner a well-kept three story apartment building stood among the single family homes on the rest of the block. I met Mayor Murphy on the sidewalk just outside the building and, after being buzzed through the security door, we went up half flight of stairs.

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Pat Backen

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