Rants & Raves

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February 1, 2010 // UPDATED 4:41 pm - February 3, 2010
By: Journal readers
Journal readers
This new feature gives you a chance to tell us what you love and what irks you in the Downtown community. Send your rants and raves to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com. Or post them here in the comments section. Here are some thoughts from a couple folks here at Minnesota Premier Publications to get the ball rolling.

Rave: Hennepin Avenue

Nice work on the Hennepin Avenue conversion. You’ve doubled the value of our billboard, cut the time it takes me to get through Downtown, and made it more inviting to those people who don’t come Downtown every day. I do, however, wish the lines were more consistent.  (Adam Boyadjis)

Rave: Eli’s Penne & cheese

I’d like to Rave about Eli’s penne & cheese at Eli’s on Hennepin Avenue. It’s the best version of mac ‘n’ cheese I’ve ever had. The combination of perfectly cooked penne noodles, creamy cheese sauce and parmesan bread crumbs make it amazing. This is a more sophisticated version of mac ‘n’ cheese — no powdered cheese packets here! It’s great comfort food after a long day at work. You can get either a full or half order, which is great for people like me. (Valerie Moe)

Rant: Potholes

I’m scared that one of these days I’m going to turn the corner and drive my whole car into one of those seemingly bottomless potholes. You can ignore it all you want, but once ‘Lil Timmy falls in, you Mn/DOT guys are going to have a bigger problem. (AB)

Rant: Bike lane/parking

The new bike lane/metered parking situation in Downtown is ridiculous at best. I’m not going to park my car in the middle of the street because it doesn’t make any sense. I don’t have a problem sharing the road with bikers, I really don’t think they need a special lane. Plus, it doesn’t really matter anyway. The signs are ignored and the cops don’t ticket you. But if you’re looking for a good way to total out your car with your insurance company, park on 1st Avenue at 6 p.m., follow the directions posted on the sign, get out of the car and wait. (AB)