Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Open Thread #88

Summer in the city. What's on your mind?

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, I've suffered through enough mindless entries on this blog -- if you can't lick 'em...

FIRST!!

I like summer here -- nice moon tonight, almost full...

ND BORN said...

The entries may be a bit mindless and repetitive (ok a lot repetitive), but I for one am very glad that we're not on here debating the latest serial killer around town, or the 20 car pileup, or major layoffs or gang activity, etc. Bring on the simple and peaceful GF! It's safe and predictable and I like that : )

Anonymous said...

Ha! I laugh at people who think crime doesn't happen here -- go sit in some court rooms for a week. You think it's that way cause the Herald doesn't publish anything but shiney happy people news. Excuse me while I lock my door.

Anonymous said...

Nobody said crime doesn't happen here. I laugh at people who don't recognize that it is a lot better here than most other places. We don't score well in nice places to live because we are culturally better than everyplace.

ND BORN said...

I KNOW there is crime here, believe me, I did intensive in-home family therapy in our community ... I KNOW about meth, violence, sexual assault, robbery, wanna-be gang activity ... what I was referring to was crime activity like other large cities that I've lived in ... which we do not have. I will take living in the worst part of GF over living in a semi-sketchy area of those cities any day!

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that we don't sit and discuss the latest suicide bomber, etc. GF isn't perfect but there's a lot worse places, even in ND.

Anonymous said...

I need a girlfriend if I find myself on blogs, haha.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone else confirm the rumors of Grand Forks having a minor league baseball team again? I've heard there has been a lot of talk about having a team here in 2009.

OUWxGuesser said...

Not to be a downer, but I fail to see how a town like GFK can support a minor league baseball team.

bjmoney said...

One nice thing about the summer is the lack of vomit downtown. Or at least it's much more sporadic...

vcsuvike said...

Did anyone else read this article this morning about mini-golf finally coming to GF? I hope those folks can pull it off, their business would be a huge success.

growingupartists said...

I like the "Adventureland" idea too, what a great way for teenagers to enjoy a little freedom, in a safe, fun (and hopefully inexpensive) way. If it doesn't get marketed right from the start, though...it could quickly be coined nerdsville. Teenagers are powerful like that.

OUWxGuesser said...

I'm somewhat surprised there won't be an indoor mini-putt course (I realize that costs may be prohibitive for a building that provides enough space). Will the outdoor mini-putt only be open ~May-Sept? Will that be enough revenue to keep the business afloat?

Doc said...

I see that the fire dept. is checking water hydrants today. I saw the guy crack the valve for a few seconds and shut it off. My question is: Was he using the firetruck to go around and do this because it was easier on fuel than a pickup truck, or, was that the vehicle where they stored the big wrench?

Anonymous said...

Remember the Varmits? What happened to them? No body went to the games!

Anonymous said...

A horrible name, no stadium to speak of and a lake-loving local population wasn't a great recipe for success. But who knows, with gas prices what they are, maybe more people will stick closer to home and it could work.

Anonymous said...

Growingupartists makes a great point. If they throw up a couple of ugly pre-fab steel buildings and don't create an attractive park-like atmosphere, I don't give it much of a chance. I hope the developers will visit places in the Twin Cities and elsewhere to get ideas. We're a very mobile society, so we know what's going and won't accept design that's dumbed down for what they consider "small town" tastes.

Anonymous said...

Considering they hired professionals out of NJ that specialize in these type of facilities, I would hope it's not a big metal building. I also would think that the planning commission would turn it down, if it does not fit into the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

" I would hope it's not a big metal building"

put it by the Aurora/Alerus and who would notice?

bjmoney said...

My condolences to the families affected by the accident in Manvel yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Great point anon 9:34 pm. Alerus looks like a lean to addition. By the way Hal G your barn like red buildings are not charming, they are down right uglie ! Remember the bank on 5th and Demers ? They tore that barn like structure down ! Tear them down Hal G and get with 2008 ! thanks. greenglass4

Anonymous said...

Dumbglass, we take your opinion in the highest regard. Now let's talk about how we can get you to shut up for the rest of the decade. Idiot.

Anonymous said...

I love the barns. They're thematic, in the same way Texas Roadhouse is! That's much different than throwing up a pre-fab steel building and calling it a day!

Anonymous said...

This is the most cheap-assed town I've ever seen. From the pre-fab concrete and steel construction to the lack of landscaping along city streets and highways. And please folks, can we stop talking about the Alerus as though it was biggest blunder in the history of civil society.

Anonymous said...

I agree. The Aurora / Alerus was the third biggest blunder in the history of civil society. (right after greenass 4)

Anonymous said...

Paint it and they will come!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if anyone knew what they are clearing land for in the area of South 20th Street and 40th Avenue South...it sure looks like a pretty major construction project by the amount of land they are clearing. Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

After going to Denny's, waiting over an hour for the meal, and then having it arrive undercooked, I've decided I feel no need for a return visit. Does anyone here think that they serve anything really special, anyway? I don't.

Anonymous said...

The mini put should have been built by the Columbia Mall and hotels. What better place to find families and their kids.

local boy said...

Greenglass, does it ever get tiring fighting whatever fight it is you are fighting? Is life really that bad? Relax for once dude! Can you confirm that you are not Jon Hoff or a relative or friend?

Anonymous said...

Local boy:

He might be a friend of Hoff, but he ain't ol' Johnny boy. greenglass4 is Gary Hangsleben, resident kook and all-around he-man woman hater. His court battles at the state and local level are legendary.

Barbara said...

Re Denny's: Never been a fan, their food is too greasy so I always feel sick after eating there.

I've always thought something similar to Thunder Road in Fargo would go over well up here. Do you know if the Mini-golf area will include any other features like batting cages, or an indoor arcade area, etc?

Anonymous said...

invest $10,000 for $3 million? in the paper today

Anonymous said...

The invest $10,000 for $3 million ad appears to have been run by Gary Hansleben also.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon: 7:29 and 9:55 am. If you are a "player" : it takes $10,000 to buy into this "poker game". Receive 300% interest or $30,000 or % of recovery of "lost treasure". This ad is not for the weak of heart (GF Herald : City Briefs. Your local community bulletin board for about $50 a week. What's happening, announcements, what's new, bargains, & specials).

Anonymous said...

Proposed motel/hotel/conference center, a few miles west of Cavalier, ND along ND hwy 5 needs investors. Is that it Gary?

Anonymous said...

I love Grand Forks. Yes, indeed I do. I love the cleanliness, quietness, and the low crime rate. Grand Forks is a beautiful place to live, and its easier to have a decent lifestyle here. Ya'll should be proud the Mayor of Grand Forks lets you live here.

Anonymous said...

How often do they empty the recycling the Hugo's on 32nd?

Anonymous said...

Not often enough do they empty the recycling bins at 32nd Hugo's. It's such an eyesore to drive by and see heaping piles of cardboard & other recycle-ables, some flying in the wind...

If they put out the large containers, they should be more proactive in emptying them before they become unsightly mountains of trash.

Dancinbackwards said...

Summer in Grand Forks...??

Wish I was there! I miss my Smiley water tower!

Anonymous said...

Living and languishing in overheated New York City, longing for GF summer, too.

GF Resident said...

My family went to Minot for a 20th high school reunion this weekend. Took in the wonderful zoo, the state fair, the air museum, the mall, and a few other good things.

I do enjoy living in Grand Forks, but it is definitely lacking in places for families to go. Minot is a great place for the state fair considering its at the heart of the state. But, with the difference in size between there and here, why do they have more family attractions and one of the best malls in the state? We get quite a bit of Canadian business here. Surely we could attach a motel with an indoor water park to our mall and make it just as worthwhile as Dakota Square in Minot.

The Minot zoo is quite nice as well and the Air Museum charges just $5 admission for a whole family. My high school history teacher works there and you can bet that he is an asset to the place. Whoever put it together did a terrific job.

OK, so Lucy's Amusement Park is a hole in the gound compared to what it used to be. It's not worth going now. It entails mini-golf, a giant slide, and several kiddie rides which have probably in their places since the 1970's. Probably the best deal there is $4 to ride the slide as many times as you want to.

We rode the little train at Roosevelt Park. At just $2.50 per person, it's a nice little "jaunt" around the north end of the park.