Articles By: Anders Imboden

Liquor store weirdness gets weirder

Props to the Star Tribune’s MPLS. blog for doing some digging and coming up with two interesting maps, one showing the few remaining spots in Minneapolis where a liquor store could legally open, and the other the City’s official master map showing eligible off sale sites and all the relevant details like zoning, buffers from […]

How to keep a storefront empty

The Star Tribune has (finally) caught on to the curious story of Dan Kerkinni, whose attempts to open a craft beer-oriented liquor store in Uptown has highlighted the complex and restrictive regulatory regime controlling liquor stores in Minneapolis. As you likely know by now, Kerkinni was first Bock-blocked by the City Council, with Council Member […]

Kowalski’s wins liquor store permitting race

Kowalski’s wins liquor store permitting race

After years of pax vinum in the Uptown area, 2011 brought a rush of efforts to add a liquor store along Hennepin Avenue. This site has followed the issue over the past months, from its controversial beginning to convoluted climax, with three different proposals submitted to the City (reported first by City of Lakes Urbanism). […]

Jane’s prescription: mixing the old with the new

Jane’s prescription: mixing the old with the new

Jane Jacobs’ famous tome, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, has long been required reading for students of urban planning, sociology, and many related fields. It’s also a fantastic read, and has remained a staple on the urbanite’s bookshelf for the fifty years since its publication in 1961 (happy birthday!). While Jacobs wrote in […]

Save the planet: ride a bus

Save the planet: ride a bus

Unless you’re of the same mind as Rick Perry, you’re probably concerned about global climate change induced by human behavior — namely, the incessant belching of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And while many people try to do little things to reduce our collective role in this worsening problem, many ask a […]

Parking: Work it harder, make it better

Parking: Work it harder, make it better

What’s more American than baseball and apple pie? If you take only the past sixty years into consideration, the answer might be “driving everywhere and expecting parking to be free and plentiful.” Hyperbole aside, parking woes have long been a topic of concern among Uptown area residents. Particularly throughout the apartment and condo building boom […]

Booze buffers revisited

A proposed liquor store as part of the Kowalski’s market at 24th & Hennepin will be welcome news to amateur sommeliers in the neighborhood. Assuming Kowaksi’s receives its necessary permits to open the bottle shop (and there is little reason why they shouldn’t), the new store would create another 2,000 foot “no go” zone for other […]

We’ve all got wheels (and that’s the problem)

We’ve all got wheels (and that’s the problem)

Many of the hot-button political issues recently popping up in this part of the city are the same ones that have kept concerned citizens awake at night since the beginning of time (or at least the temperance movement): bars, liquor stores, and sex shops; drunks, perverts, and the noisy twenty-somethings next door. But in any […]

Man vs. Machine: 2011 Traffic Counts in Uptown

Man vs. Machine: 2011 Traffic Counts in Uptown

It’s so nerdy even nerds think it’s lame, but let’s celebrate it anyway: 2011 traffic counts are appearing on the City of Minneapolis Transportation Data Management System website! Automated counts have been conducted over the past couple weeks in the Uptown area, and some of the data have begun to pop up on the TCDS […]

Booze buffers: why there aren’t more liquor stores in Uptown

Booze buffers: why there aren’t more liquor stores in Uptown

For Uptowners who tipple or maybe just enjoy a wee dram from time to time, the current stock of liquor stores in the area is adequate in every sense of the word. Each has their perks and drawbacks — Lowry Hill has the “have a magical evening” Vikings-lover guy, Emerson-Lake doesn’t take credit cards, and […]