One crazy idea for developing better projects in Minneapolis: build smaller

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Peter Callaghan In a room full of people who make a living in the development business, it might have been the most provocative thing Portland architect-developer Kevin Cavenaugh said.In 25 years, he predicted, people will look at five-over-one apartment buildings the same way we look at strip malls today: not very kindly.For those not immersed in the particulars of commercial real estate, five-over-one (sometimes called one-plus five) is the ubiquitous form of construction that has been filling lots across the Twin Cities for the last decade. It consists of five stories of wood stick-frame construction over one story of concrete, and is designed to maximize lots with the most-affordable construction method permitted by building...

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One crazy idea for developing better projects in Minneapolis: build smaller

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