Lyn-Lake In Chaos

Police cars and barricades have blocked off 31st and Lake Streets in the vicinity of Lyndale — several square blocks are off-limits to traffic, be it car or pedestrian. At least one firehose was deployed on Lake Street, and firemen seem to be pretty active right at Lyn-Lake.

The cop I chatted with on Lake Street blamed a “gas leak,” which could be code for “move along, nothing to see here.” That said, the streetlights were out on several street corners, and there were guys in yellow vests all over the place.

Also, the Bryant Avenue Market seems to have recently been hit by a smash-and-grab, or, at the very least, a “smash.” Shattered glass covered the sidewalk on 32nd St., and the shop’s window was boarded up.

Looks like I picked the wrong day to walk to Taco Bell.

9 Comments so far

  1. justin (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    Here’s the Strib Story:
    http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1374829.html

    Is there ever a good day to go to Taco Bell?


  2. James Norton (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    No, not really. I just get a jones for it every 12-16 weeks. It’s probably some low-level chemical dependence thing.


  3. Ron Washington (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Anyone else hear a rumor that Bryant-Lake Bowl is going to be torn down for a new condo building?


  4. Erica M (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    Anyone else hear a rumor that Bryant-Lake Bowl is going to be torn down for a new condo building?

    For real? I somehow missed the actual tearing down of the building that was standing over Vera’s Garden (and also the removal of half of Vera’s Garden). And I knew that there are condo and apartment building and office space plans for that area. This is the first I’d heard anything about BLB being touched, though.


  5. Erica M (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Or rather, retail. Not necessarily office space. Although I suppose that could be part of the mix as well.


  6. Kathryn (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    Yes, it was natural gas. I could smell it at the intersection and was glad to drive away from the area, but was thinking it odd they had not blocked it off.


  7. ryan (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    I don’t think that Bryant lake bowl is going anywhere…there are banners up for an apartment building next to BLB where the gas station used to be.

    Come on guys its all ball bearings!…..

    No ones building condos anymore. I dont think that the Edgewater is sold out yet? And I would be suprised to say the least to see…Mosiac, Portico,or any of the other high profile condos that haven’t broken ground yet get built.

    Apartments now thats another story.


  8. Erica M (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    Apartments now thats another story.

    I figure at some point they have to replace some of the apartments that got knocked down for new condos or got converted to condos.


  9. ryan (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    The market for apartments across the board and in Uptown is strong. And if you haven’t built anything yet all you have to do is “dumb down” your blue prints. Thinner walls, cheaper fixtures, a hall way here, a den there….boom you have a viable apartment development. Of course you have to have the knowledge of property management.

    Oh whats that you ask? why yes one of the partners of Financial Freedom (recently defunct real estate development team); Gassen Companies just so happens to also be a large property manager.

    Condos….no,never…high end apartments my friends.



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