Reflections on (Our)Uptown

Featured — By on January 24, 2014 9:40 pm

The title of this post is not the name of some new luxury apartment building, rather a collection of thoughts triggered by recent changes in my life that have kept me further away from Uptown than I’m used to. After eight years working in commercial real estate in Uptown, I made a switch to the public sector to manage a Transit Oriented Development program.

The result was that I’m not on the ground in Uptown much anymore and am focused professionally and personally on a much larger geography. This website has  taken the brunt of not having much time. I plan to focus my limited web posts to Streets.mn and discuss business regulation reform and zoning issues at the municipal level. Issues like why we need to reform our liquor policies to support historic rehabs of difficult-to-renovate commercial buildings, allowing bed and breakfasts in some residential zoning districts, and encouraging smaller infill development at neighborhood nodes by eliminating parking requirements for small-scale buildings (for example, if Patina at 50th & Bryant had build 2 to 3 apartments above the retail structure).

So where does this site go from here? Are there people who want to write or should this continue to hibernate?

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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5 Comments

  1. I will miss the business updates, it is nice to know what is going on around uptown. Also really enjoyed the historic photos. Can’t Cedar just take it over? ;)

  2. Dave says:

    I’d be interested… I do happen to live there. :)

  3. DocPainter says:

    I moved from South Mpls to Uptown 5 years and have really appreciated this site, keeping up on proposed developments, new businesses, etc. I vote for someone to take over site! Thanks Thatcher and good luck on your latest endeavor.

  4. David says:

    Would be very sad to see this site go…

  5. Grant says:

    I’ve missed the usual updates. This was one of the few sites I frequent for my news.

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