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Old 06-04-2014, 11:11 PM
 
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*Yawn*

Tall buildings, flat prairie, snow, dead trees, cracked freeways--dime a dozen in the US.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:33 PM
 
Location: District of Columbia
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Nice pics!
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:12 AM
 
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Nice Minne pics!!!!! Denver and Minne are so very similar!!!!! Both are GREAT US cities!!!!!
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Stop trolling 8to32characters! Not everywhere can look like Hawaii but if you can't find most cities' beauty because it's cold or flat I feel sorry for you!
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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*Yawn*

Tall buildings, flat prairie, snow, dead trees, cracked freeways--dime a dozen in the US.
Have you run out of inane things to say already?
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Thanks for the pics, Mezter. DIA is already one of the country's premier airports and it is getting even better with these additions. Pretty soon it won't be "in the middle of nowhere" like it was when it was built.
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Thanks for sharing Mezter.
Of course!

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From the series 36 Views of the IDS Center. The relatively new Hiawatha LRT is a popular but expensive addition to the BMS Metro transit cityscape. It goes from downtown Minneapolis to the airport and then to the Mall of America. Fare revenue recovers about 12 percent of what it costs to own and operate it, but area residents love it.

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Really nice city.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:34 PM
 
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There's no real *wow* factor with Minneapolis like there is w/ SF, LA, Seattle, Denver--I don't care how fast it's urban core is growing or how many urban development projects are planned/in progress. It's the most frigid major city in the country, and most of the city looks like a slightly less dilapidated version of Rochester. JMHO.
I agree. Minneapolis is falling farther behind by the day. It can't compete with denver or seattle.
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Any word on the developement in San Diego or Phoenix?
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:14 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Any word on the developement in San Diego or Phoenix?
As scorned as Phoenix has been over the years for being the poster child for sprawl and cookie cutter tract housing, they finally got the memo and development trends are starting to change. There is infill development happening in Tempe and Downtown Phoenix and also along Central Ave into Uptown. The light rail line that opened in 2008 between Mesa, Tempe/ASU, downtown Phoenix, and up to Central/Camelback has been the catalyst for new high density condo and apartment developments along the line. Many of them are the same modern urban cube style buildings you see going up in Denver and Seattle. I think the ASU link and millennial generation college students have really brought a lot more life in downtown Phoenix.

There is the new City-Scape development which is not anything out of the ordinary for urban retail/entertainment but it's a good start for downtown Phoenix. Chase Field and the US Airways arena are drawing crowds in and they now have more reasons to stick around after the game for a beer or a good meal.
CityScape Phoenix | Restaurants | Shopping | Entertainment | Hotel in Downtown Phoenix

There is also the trendy new Palomar Hotel, it's a Kimpton property which is sort of a hipster/trendy/boutique brand and they have a pretty fun rooftop pool and bar.
Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape | A Luxury Kimpton Boutique Hotel

The core of Phoenix has a long way to go to get to the level of Seattle, Denver, or Minneapolis. However it deserves recognition for the changes and development along the light rail line, which is the longest starter light rail line in the country at 22 miles and it's expanding with future service into downtown Mesa and NW Phoenix in 2017. Though I really think Scottsdale really missed out on an opportunity for saying no to light rail going down Scottsdale Ave.

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Old 06-05-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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Currently, there's a light rail extension being built to the Phoenix Valley Metro Rail. Also, there are about 5 new suburban areas being built in the North Valley
Yes, there's also many new subdivisions being built in the East Valley. They're trying to redevelop downtown Phoenix into something special. Moving ASU into the downtown has helped bring people there, and things are getting better. But it will take some time and we'll see if downtown Phoenix every truly takes off.

Urban planning is not really the Valley's strong suit, they just let developers do whatever they want.
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