First Avenue Gets The Shaft.

The strib reports it’s now First Ave (the club) vs. 1st Avenue (the street)

In their efforts to make more downtown commuters stop, shop and roll out their dollar bills, city leaders have created a major speed bump for Minneapolis’ best known and most bustling nightlife landmark.

The new and inarguably confusing street layout — with bike lanes nearest the curb, and parking spaces nearer the middle of the street — wipes out First Ave’s load-in area. Bands will have to park their buses and trailers a block away and around the corner on 8th Street. So will all the beer trucks and other suppliers. In the new configuration, they would be blocking a bike lane, metered spaces and probably some of that one new lane of traffic going north.

A block might not sound like that far of a jaunt. But can you imagine lugging 10 cases of Summit beer, a $10,000 soundboard, a $15,000 case of guitars or the entire Wu-Tang Clan herbal supply that far through the snow and ice in February?

A couple of things,
1) Bike lanes along the curb between the curb and car parking sounds pretty dangerous.
2) “Wu-Tang Clan herbal supply ” – Is this a weed reference? Does the Clan have so much weed it can’t be carried a block?
3) Is there anything Lisa Goodman can’t mess up?
4) This is an attempt to “be more European”, but how European can we really be? The set up of this country is really different than Europe.



2 Comments so far

  1. Brad (unregistered) on October 9th, 2009 @ 8:32 am

    I do not think we as the people of Minneapolis should give up livability to appease a private business, no matter how venerated.

  2. David (jacc) on October 9th, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    It’s a fair point Brad, but I don’t see how people are giving up livability or anything really. Haven’t these streets been one ways for 30+ years?

    If anything won’t we be giving up livability by making the change? Many would argue that the musical acts that book First Avenue make Minnesota much more liveable and if they stop booking because they can’t unload their equipment then that’s a problem.

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