Hey, you know what New York needs? A big park, right in the middle! I was down in some place called So-How, or something, and we were drinking and having a great time, but it was all dense and bricky ‘n’ stuff. New York really needs a park, like, one that’s Central. In related news, a Slate writer in Washington DC decides to tell Dinkytown what it needs:
. . . the last time I was in Minneapolis I had a good time hanging out at a couple of bars in Dinkytown. Dinkytown not only has a hilarious name but it's located adjacent to the University of Minnesota and across the river from downtown Minneapolis. That's a great location for an urban revival. Most people in the Minneapolis - St Paul area are going to want to live in the suburbs, which is where most people live in every American metropolitan area. But a thriving urban core is a great amenity for any metro area, and a centrally-located neighborhood like Dinkytown should be at the thriving core of your thriving core. So it's no surprise that there's interest in doing things like building a new six-story mixed-use apartment and retail structure in Dinkytown. Sadly, though, the proposed building has been blocked by local NIMBY types.
Personally, I think the building should have been approved, but I don't live there anymore. His larger point is also correct: Dinkytown should be a nice dense thriving part of a nice dense thriving city, which thrives, densely. Why, if only someone was building something like this, say, between 35W and the 10th Avenue bridge . . .
And if only across the street there was a recent addition to the venerable Florence Court . . .
. . . or a block of flats by Sanford Hall . . .
. . . or a block on the old Gopher Towing site . . .
. . . or a block next to the Dinkytown Dome . . .
. . . or a massive residential complex down on 14th . . .
. . . or a complex on 4th street at the fridge of the Dtown core . . .
. . . or a new residential block rising on the old church site kittycorner from the Birchwoods . . .
. . . or an enormous building going up on the John Marshall site right across from the controversial project.
If only! To be fair, not all of those are easily seen from a bar in Dinkytown.