Plan turns heart of Minneapolis into its soul

  • Article by: JANET MOORE and ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2011 - 8:33 AM

Downtown's biggest vision since 1996 predicts a doubling of downtown population.

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RanickDec. 14, 1112:09 AM

I am 100% for getting more people and more affluent people living somewhere other than South Minneapolis. I'm sick and tired of my property taxes going up 15-20% a year because it's the only place the mayor is capable of going when he need revenue. It's time to get some people with cash in some other areas of town.

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DufferHDec. 14, 1112:14 AM

More pie-in-the-sky hallucinating instead of dealing with present and future realities.

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halfback2011Dec. 14, 1112:16 AM

When the city finally clean Hennepin Ave then I will pay attention to magnificent plans....I'm sure more people will move downtown, I moved to downtown six years ago and I have witnessed the huge amount of people moving here but we dont even have a grocery store and retail is just dead, we have to drive to the suburbs to get basic stuff! Great Lunds is going to build a new grocery store, a mini grocery store a little bigger than a SA!

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wyovikingDec. 14, 1112:29 AM

I like the idea of having a new Vikings stadium at the Farmers Market site and having a "sports district". I like the long-term vision. Too many people think short-term.

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justanother1Dec. 14, 1112:34 AM

Am I reading this correctly? They're talking as if doubling an already densely populated area is some sort of utopia? Mpls needs new management. ASAP.

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rustyscupperDec. 14, 1112:37 AM

Very much needed!! The skyways, while a lifesaver in the winter, also killed the street vitality of downtown completely. Compare the downtown to virtually any other big city and it is horrible. Not Detroit horrible, but nothing to write home about.

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antisuburbsDec. 14, 1112:49 AM

I LIKE IT!

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oriyahDec. 14, 1112:51 AM

I'm not trying to sound pessimistic, but if they don't clean up all the street crime and loitering downtown it will never fourish.

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jarlmnDec. 14, 11 1:09 AM

I see that the city fathers are *still* stuck in a 1950's Chamber of Commerce mentality. Get ready taxpayers, here comes yet ANOTHER downtown "revitalization" boondoggle.

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ungawalouieDec. 14, 11 1:12 AM

I hope it won't be a boondoggle as was the illustrious Block E.

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