Lileks: What's next for Block Empty? Think small - think State Fair

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2012 - 11:05 PM
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chocotasticFeb. 2, 12 8:59 PM

It wasn't a Chili's, it was an Applebee's. And it was delicious. Have you ever had such fine cuisine?

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screwthisFeb. 2, 12 9:05 PM

Best article I have ever read.. Not kidding. I actually had to read it out loud it was so funny. What a waste of space Block E has become. This is why downtown is going down the tubes..

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anfboymnFeb. 2, 12 9:06 PM

Block E had a Chili's? Does he maybe mean Applebee's? Or was this a joke from the author that I'm just not understanding?

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furguson11Feb. 2, 12 9:41 PM

Tear it down and make a nice green space. A few of those water fountains and a bike trail perhaps.

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membermFeb. 2, 1210:14 PM

Another brilliant article from Lileks. Impeccable logic. I remember when that Block E idea won out over putting in a green space and now people are once again suggesting that.

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darkelfFeb. 3, 12 2:06 AM

tear down everything but kieran's. turn the rest of it into greenspace with a ring of standing stones for a lark.

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randyjkFeb. 3, 12 5:38 AM

Bring back Mobys.

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jtriceFeb. 3, 12 6:07 AM

City Center, Target Center & Block E … aren't these all failures from the Belton/Cherryholmes/Joan Campbell regime? Not that the current bunch show any greater business prowess.

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whilomeFeb. 3, 12 6:23 AM

This was an excellent piece. I'm sitting here cracking up because I'm a patron of Block E every other weekend. "Folly" is the most accurate term for the nearly abandoned behemoth. I actually think that State Fair idea would fly. It'd be like Midtown Global Market, but downtown. I still love going downtown and I hate to see the theater go, but such is life.

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turgidFeb. 3, 12 7:54 AM

Hilarious. Block E has been a car crash in slow motion. But I think it may have lasted longer than the "Conservatory". That thing was such a disaster, I think the city fathers DID tear it down in the middle of the night.

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