Editorial: Polishing a gem in the heart of the city

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  • Updated: October 27, 2011 - 7:01 PM

Despite drama, Minneapolis moves ahead on Peavey Plaza plan.

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thirdfrankOct. 27, 11 8:03 PM

<< In addition to music, programming could include movies, skating, lawn bowling, art fairs and a farmers' market. >> What would be different about the new design that would allow skating that has been discontinued in the present design for several years? Lawn bowling - there's pent-up demand for that? Isn't there now a farmers' market that runs the length of the entire Mall once a week? Never mind. The fix is in. This project will happen. Let's move on.

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mbstichaOct. 27, 11 9:13 PM

I like it when artsy fartsy verbiage is used to describe a cement square in the heart of a city. It's a cement sitting park, nothing more, nothing less.

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SupervonOct. 27, 11 9:27 PM

This could be the new 50 yard line! Go Vikes!

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thunderballOct. 27, 11 9:31 PM

The plaza is a wonderful place to enjoy, muse, in all seasons right in downtown. It has held up well and should not be redone! Also the lobby for Orch Hall could have several redo's and alterations that would expand it without buttressing out into open space facing the mall (West). Space in the hall's parking ramp and expanding the space facing 11th (North) could be better utilized for needed space for more room, receptions etc. Too many with lack of vision but having money seek to displace a true gem, with not enough history and care in mind! The money for this project could be used much better in other areas!

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nicepersonOct. 28, 11 6:35 AM

The original design was mediocre at best, but this is worse. Let go of the static modern grid and infuse some creativity and vibrancy into the design.

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mnmonkeyboyOct. 28, 11 7:22 AM

I think the original design is quite horrible...unless you like to trip while walking and like the brutilist look of concrete. I wish the new design did not have to pay homage to the old....but since they are forced to, it is the best they can do.

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turgidOct. 28, 11 8:07 AM

The original design for Peavey will make a good picture in a museum someday, but most of the space was useless to humans. Environmentally, it had a more in common with a parking ramp or a sink hole than a place to relax. What is it with Minneapolis that we feel like we need to pave everything to make it look "modern"? When 10,000 humans who have been cooped up in steel and concrete boxes for 4 hours step outside for a breath of fresh air, they are actually not searching out some more concrete to sit on - what they really need is some grass and trees.

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bucky1998Oct. 28, 11 8:39 AM

Unbelievable. Spend spend spend. Just keep taxing people in the worst economy in 80 years. Monkeys could do a better job running the city.

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matt83Oct. 28, 11 8:44 AM

The State Fair briefly had similar 'dancing fountains' where the water comes out of the ground in bursts. The problem is, kids with dirty diapers love to play in them, the water becomes contaminated, and it becomes a public health risk. If I recall correctly, the Fair dismantled theirs after only a few seasons. Also, how do you expect 1,500 people to watch a live show on the built in stage when there are fountains occupying all that space?

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tlamusgaOct. 28, 11 8:52 AM

How many $50,000 drinking fountains will these heavy spenders want installed.

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