MINNEAPOLIS - For at least 30 years, the corner of James Avenue and Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis has been, to put it bluntly, sort of dated.
"It's old Uptown," said Nancy Anderson. "Right, old Uptown."
Anderson is the owner of Calhoun Bike Rental, the place where riders stop for free air and can rent practically anything on two wheels.
The shop is in the basement of what appears to be an old three story home. It has a bright entrance, plenty of flapping signs to let people passing by know it's there. In a way, it's very quaint like other smaller, independent shops in the area.
But a couple of blocks away sit dozens of Nice Ride bicycles available to rent.
"There was little consideration when they put 100 bikes within a three-block area of my business," said Anderson.
Anderson says he was never in the business to make a lot of money, but Nice Rides have certainly taken away from what little profit he did make.
Additionally, Anderson rents the space and there's talk the owner looks to upgrade, upsize and, like what's happening all over Uptown these days, rebuild on the corner.
"This is it, this is it once the business goes, there's nothing to replace it," Anderson said.
Of course, there is a replacement, but it just doesn't have that same old Uptown feel.
Anderson is active looking for another spot, but her business relies on the lakes and as new buildings pop up, rent is on the rise, so finding something comparable to current costs would be a challenge.
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