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Years of deferred work on State Capitol have taken a costly toll.
There is no doubt that the building needs lots of attention and coins. It is so typical of government to waste so much time that before anything is done the degrading is already in action. I agree, for once. Spend the money now and get the peoples building repaired. If a person actually takes a hit from the building, then watch the price of that suit. And more money wasted. Get real, and get it done.
The people don't need a "palace." A standard issue office building would cost far less to build and maintain and would serve all the necessary functions of government. Why waste the money on a marble edifice?
It's hardly a "beloved" building. That is a canard trotted out every time the Capital needs to suck up taxpayer money, which is every half decade. Tear it down and use the money to build a modern facility that will serve Minnesota for the next hundred years. Stop propping up a building that is mediocre in every respect in comparison to the other 50 States.
Why not just doze it? They can meet in the new Vikings stadium, all they need are some banquet tables, folding chairs, and a wireless access point. Problem solved!
Funny how it's possible for a century old "People's" structure to be continually patched, repaired, and made serviceable for future generations of the public but when it's a 30 year old "People's" facility dedicated to a privately owned sports team that kind of proposed solution is considered heresy.
ironic that the building where people meet to hand out money for projects ends up needing its own repair. do we point to the nice pretty building and feel a sense of awe or respect? why not replace it with a simple efficient office complex? reuse the site or move into the many vacant office buildings in the area.
Those advocating that a "modern building" should replace our capitol are confusing "modern" with better. The Colosseum will still be here long after many of our modern buildings deteriorate into dust. Modern buildings are built to last 30 years (if that). How about we stick to historic, well-made structures like the present capitol building. Yes, it requires maintenance. But it's less expensive than building new every few decades.
All over the nation, early folks voted to raise the money for wonderful town halls and capitols. Now with way more folks to spread the cost, many places have trouble fixing the roof. What happened to our sense of community?
We should never have built these outrageously expensive, palatial tributes to government in the first place. Remove all the collectible memorabilia, doze it, and replace it with a sensible office park...like the ones I've always worked in. Be a helluva lot cheaper than heating, cooling and maintaining that overblown behemoth into perpetuity.
It looks like a few posters here don't have a sense of pride in their community. That's why people who like and love our state need to be ever vigilant against those who like to drive bulldozers.
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