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November 11th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
It was this guy who helped raise DTSF from the dead
Mayor Huether will tell you, and take credit for making DTSF in to what it is today. He has said on a several occasions that when he was campaigning for mayor (3 years ago) that downtown was dead.
Hardly the truth.
I will give him credit for a couple of things downtown, with the help of the city council they were able to hand out a couple of TIF’s and tear down a parking ramp, but other than that, Downtown’s success was well in full swing when Mike was sworn into office. As for the rail relocation project, there hasn’t been a purchase agreement signed yet because we are waiting for an appraisal. Even if the city decides to move forward with the project, it will take several years before construction can resume on that location.
So when did DTSF start to become more successful? In 1991 when I moved here, I used to live behind Gigglebees on Duluth, I would walk DT about once a week. There was Zandbroz and Minerva’s and that was about it. A few years later, a lady named Carol Pogones had this vision to help redevelop DTSF, I believe at that time (1993-4?) the occupancy rate was about 15-25% DT. In 1993 I worked at a print-shop in the old Lewis building (it is that fancy-smancy dessert shop now). You would see Carol quite often pounding the streets of DT.
Carol was instrumental in convincing Mayor Munson and the city council to put more into DT. The redevelopment of Falls Park, approving Phase 1 of the River Greenway, the bump-outs on Phillips, the new sewer and water and road construction were all approved of and started during the Munson administration.
The Washington Pavilion has also been successful on one front, bringing more diners to downtown which has created a lot more restaurants and pubs.
Not sure WHAT downtown Huether was campaigning in, but DTSF certainly wasn’t dead 3 years ago. But this shouldn’t surprise anyone that Huether was clueless about the success of DT before he became mayor, when his bosom buddy, Darrin Smith first started working at City Hall, he was rumored to have said, “Where does anyone eat or have a cup of coffee DT anyway?” Oh, and he was serious.
November 10th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
October 25th, 2013 — Cartoon, Downtown Sioux Falls
October 22nd, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls
KELO is working on a story about a company expanding Downtown SF;
Docutap, a Sioux Falls technology company, will be leasing space in the old CNA Western Surety building on Phillips Avenue.
Docutap’s founder Eric McDonald says the company will be adding another 150 jobs in the next two to three years.
Hmm, that name sounds familiar;
Let’s look at the (DT 2025) committee the MAYOR has appointed;
Eric McDonald, co-founder of a medical document company
No worries, I don’t think anything nefarious is going on here, Eric will be owning a business DT and would make a good fit on the committee, I just found it a little funny that he was named to the committee before he announced he would be leasing property Downtown. I tried to figure out his connection to DT when he was appointed, I guess I got my answer.
October 17th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Event Center, Mayor Hubris, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
I wanted eggshell colored wallpaper not off-white!
I have been hearing a lot of gossip lately that the mayor has been micromanaging the event center’s construction, in fact, I guess it has even earned him the nickname on the worksite, ‘Mayor Meltdown’.
Not sure if he is micro managing the construction or design, but if he is, may I suggest he concentrates on more important things, like running our city.
During his latest ‘Ask the Mayor’ episode, he tells us a couple of interesting half-truths.
“When I was running for mayor, I would be campaigning Downtown, and there wasn’t a lot happening down here (sic).”
He said this after he was asked about the 2025 DT committee. While I would agree after handing out TIF’s like candy, there has been a lot of construction going on DT, but Mayor Munson and the former council really put a lot of energy and investment into DT. Once again, Huether is trying to take credit for something that has been in the works for over a decade.
Speaking of taking credit, he also comes up with this interesting response when asked about Spellerberg pool;
“The city council has asked that drawings be made up of an indoor and outdoor pool for that location (sic).”
Well, he got it partially right, they did authorize the expenditure, but it was the mayor and parks department that asked these drawings be done, and during a work session, that I attended, several councilors beat down the parks director over whether this was legal before a vote on the outdoor pool ballot issue this spring.
But of course, as usual, Mayor Meltdown will take credit, even it isn’t due.
October 15th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
After the gigantic announcement that DTSF parking was going to become ‘better’ with a New motto “Look for the Gold P” it looks as though the only ‘P’ we are getting will be running down our legs in the form of a ticket that has to be paid. (Proposed Changes to the Appeal process; Doc: parkingticketrepeal)
I’m no specialist on city ordinance law, but the proposed changes to appealing a ticket seem to have become harder (item #28) Not only now will they be charging you $25 to appeal (most likely a $5 ticket) if you fail in your appeal, tough cookie, no other options to the appeal exist. The city is literally trying to eliminate any recourse after the appeal hearing.
Of course, most people will just pay the $5 instead of fighting the ticket at a cost of $25, but let’s say you receive a $50 or $75 ticket, and you lose your appeal? According to the changes, and I may be wrong, you cannot take it to court.
Now, I am no constitutional scholar, but I think they are opening a pretty big can of worms on this one, and I hope the City Council asks some serious questions about these proposed changes. But if you want an explanation or preview of the changes, good luck there to, because during the Informational meeting today, where there will be a presentation on the changes, the DOCs don’t exist in SIRE yet.
So was this new ‘PALs’ concept just window dressing making it look like things will get better? My suggestion to anyone receiving a ticket that they think was underserving is just to tear it up and throw it away. Why? Well since the city is proposing a change that says you cannot take your appeal to court, that means they can’t take you to court either. So how do they propose collecting the fine from you if you refuse to pay the ticket? Good question.
October 12th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Food, Sioux Falls
Not sure if you have visited this place, but I accidentally started liking the place after having Sunday Breakfast there (The Crispin is always cold He features different specials, but he makes fantastic crepes, bread pudding French toast and quiche, and MB’s eggs are always poached (the best way to have an egg).
The owner Michael is a trained chef (I forget what prestigious school he went to) but his meals are truly gourmet, and he is a great addition to Downtown.
October 2nd, 2013 — Developers, Development, Downtown Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
First let’s talk about the mysterious announcement of this top secret committee, the first press release put out about the group was on Monday, September 30, 2013 12:16 PM by Q-Tip Smith. The next press release was put out Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:32 AM, about 2 hours before the press conference. I guess they felt a need to spring this on the citizens of SF like it is some grand surprise.
In all fairness, the city did say they want our input (just not on the sooper-secret committee);
Over the next 12 to 15 months, numerous opportunities will be available for the citizens of Sioux Falls to provide their input on the future vision of downtown. A wide variety of public meetings, community-wide events, and a number of committees will be established to seek input for the vision of downtown.
Let’s look at the committee the MAYOR has appointed;
Brendan Reilly, Attorney
Daniel Doyle, Attorney
Eric McDonald, co-founder of a medical document company
Gene McGowan, venture capital
Glen Koch, Owner of DT restaurant
Jennifer Schmidtbauer, Director of Development for major DT SF manufacturer
Jerry Nachtigal Public affairs for major SF CC company/bank
Jessie Schmidt, Co-Chair of SF Planning Commission
Joe Kirby, He’s a Kirby (He’s the guy who lives here part-time and tried to sneak a provision in through the Charter Revision Commission to give the mayor more power)
Larry Toll, Co-President of Washington Pavilion
Terri Schuver, Owner of DT gallery
Michelle Erpenbach, City Councilor (I heard she never informed the rest of the council she was going to be on the committee, or at least some of them were unaware of her appointment)
Paul Ten Haken, owns a media company (his company is the one that came up with the new DT parking concept and the motto, “Look for the Gold P.” He also has a problem with his employees talking about political affiliations on their personal FB pages.
Don’t get me wrong, the committee needs to be comprised of SOME community leaders, but it is lacking actual ‘Downtowners’ – people who live, work and own businesses DT (tri-fecta). When a community wants to develop a ‘vision’ about a sector of it’s town, they really need people who have the best interest of all citizens and a deep knowledge of history and the past, moving forward you always want to avoid the mistakes of the past. I would think one of the owners of Minerva’s or the owners of Zandbroz and Vishnu Bunny would have made fantastic members of this committee. Remember a developmental ‘vision’ needs to include ‘the little things’ not just major projects like hotels, condos and insurance buildings. The secret of making our DT even more successful will be by connecting the whole community to this ‘vision’. I am just not sure how many of these members have a connection with downtown as a whole and the kind of people it attracts. IMO this is about making a small amount of people lots of money developing the DT vision, which is fine if the whole community will share in this richness.
The findings will be very interesting, but I have a feeling the rest of us will be left out – maybe they will tell us about it in a press conference.
August 30th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls
So this is how it works kids. If you want to use your GPS on your phone to find a parking spot, first you have to find a parking spot to use your phone. See it is against the law (texting ban) to use your phone in that capacity while driving, so you must first park to find a parking spot, or as Q-Tip Smith has suggested, have a friend along. Hopefully your friend has parking in front of their house so you can pick them up, or they can pull a Dukes & Hazard and try to jump in the car while driving by (I think that is legal, but I am sure councilor Erpenbach is working on an ordinance to make it illegal. I think I heard her saying in a meeting one day “I’m gonna get those Duke Boys”.)
Sioux Falls has an ordinance against using hand-held devices to send text messages or emails or surf the Internet while a person is driving or in traffic. The ordinance does not prohibit the use of internal or dashboard navigation devices, but the ban would encompass using GPS on a smartphone.
Smith said he encourages drivers to have a passenger access the site or, if there is no passenger, to pull over, access the site, and then put the phone a cup holder while it gives directions out loud. Smith said it’s his practice to pull over first before using his phone.
The city is also going to train meter peeps to be nicer
Meter enforcement officers will wear bright gold shirts and undergo customer service training so they can help people downtown.
Wonder why they don’t just hire nice peeps to begin with? I am just saying. Maybe riding around on that Hoveround all day makes them angry? Maybe they should install a massager seat on them. You will also have the option to pay your parking ticket online now. Now that’s customer service! They also have a new logo. As Q-Tip Smith says, “Just look for the Gold P!” I guess versus the brown P.
August 19th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Food, Sioux Falls
I would say Riverfest was a success in bringing people downtown. The irony is the poor planning on having food vendors ironically paid off for DT restaurants. Almost every restaurant on Phillips was full or on a wait. Maybe organizers did that on purpose so that fest goers would dine at DT eateries. Either way, it paid off.
The other irony of it was everyone had to leave the river front to get a bite to eat (unless you ate at Falls Landing or Wild Sage).
So Riverfest brought people to the river, then pushed them to the main drag and attraction of DT, Phillips Avenue, not the Sioux River.
I’m just saying.