London Road McDonald’s razed, new one expected by fall

The existing McDonald’s was torn town and a new building will be in it’s place.  I have a friend who lives in the top floor a gorgeous triplex behind the construction site. They have a beautiful view of the lake, but listening to the noise from this construction gets a little tiring. I suppose in this economy any construction is a good thing. Since I like to do things sustainably I am curious about how the material form the old McDonald’s was disposed of.

Since I like to do things sustainably I am curious about how the material form the old McDonald’s was disposed of.

Here is an article from about the plans for the new, improved McDonald’s from London Road McDonald’s to tear down, start over:

Upholstered chairs, plasma TVs and free WiFi will all be part of a new McDonald’s restaurant to be built at London Road and 21st Avenue East in Duluth.

The existing restaurant is expected to close this month so it can be razed and rebuilt into one of the franchise’s hip new eateries more reminiscent of Starbucks than the traditional McDonald’s.

[Added Sept 1] Ironically there is a letter to the editor about this today.

There is a letter to the editor from the owner of the triplex in the Duluth News Tribune about this construction and the removal of eight or nine 30 foot tall ponderosa pines. These pines served to buffer the noise from the busy fast food take-out joint.

Here is the beginning of the letter:

Local view: City erred by allowing McDonald’s to cut trees that screened homes

By: Jack Bratrud, Duluth News Tribune
Oops! It seems Duluth’s planning and zoning staffers were a bit quick in approving a building permit for the new McDonald’s on London Road at 21st Avenue East. In their speed to approve plans, city planners seemed to have missed the intent of McDonald’s to remove eight or nine 30-foot-tall ponderosa pines on the property boundary. The trees, for many years, had buffered activities at McDonald’s from the five residential properties between the restaurant and Jefferson Street.

Read more here:

They’re baaaack! College Students

The  college students are back! With the decline of industry, Duluth depends on its college students. We have three colleges:  Lake Superior College,  College of St. Scholastica and  University of Minnesota Duluth. People have mixed feeling about the students. The colleges keep our town full of vitality, but in some neighborhoods the rate of home ownership verses rental to college students is very high. And with no parents supervising these young adults, parties at all hours of the night abound, as well as unkempt yards.

This sign was sponsored by T3C – Tri Campus and Community on Student Drinking

Their man focus is to prevent student death and other related problems due to too much drinking. This is from their website:

T3C Activities

ARE: Alcohol Related Emergencies

Alcohol overdose is a consequence of heavy drinking and is not fully understood by students.  Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is likely to continue to rise after the drinker has “passed out”. Having the drinker lie down and “sleep it off” is potentially dangerous because it could result in the drinker dying of Alcohol Poisoning.  The other likely cause of death associated with alcohol overdose isaffixation resulting from the drinker choking on vomit.

Promotional efforts are aimed at having students ALCOHOL OVERDOSE – make the call – 911 A public awareness campaign aimed both at college students and at the general public is underway.  This campaign is intended to encourage calling 911 if the symptoms associated with alcohol overdose are present.  The symptoms are summarized on refrigerator magnets distributed to students at the three Duluth campuses.  In addition to the magnets, the symptoms will available on a wallet card.

View from Cliff Avenue

Somehow this photo doesn’t do the real scene justice. It is really cool to see the lake from up on Cliff Avenue. Today was a beautiful day.

Today I did something I always feared I would do, I erased a bunch of photos.  I am one day behind in this Duluth Daily Photo and I took some yesterday that I was going to put up.

Moonshine over Lake Superior

I was out walking and did my best to capture the streak of light that the moon cast on Lake Superior. This is taken from Fern Avenue and Plum Street. I set my camera on the ground to keep it still. I had to lay down on the street to do that and of course every time I laid down, a car would decide to come down the otherwise empty intersection.

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

Can you guess where I took this photo? Lake Superior has a very small watershed


Lake Superior receives the least amount of surface runoff, in relation to its volume, of all five Great Lakes. This is because most of its watershed is forested, and its watershed is small, when compared to its water surface area. No major tributaries enter the lake from the south. On the Canada side, a diversion of water from the Hudson Bay watershed provides an additional input of water to the basin.