State Capitol 'is crumbling'; who will act?

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 31, 2012 - 4:47 PM

Battle lines are being drawn over what will be a significant expenditure and disruptive project.

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mahogma66Mar. 31, 12 6:20 PM

Do whatever is necessary,and do it now. The State Capitol is an irreplaceable architectural treasure ,featuring the second largest unsupported marble dome in the world,after St Peters Basilica in Rome.Beyond that,it symbolizes a long history of representative government,a part of our past that all Americans should take pride in,more so than a palace offered up for the benefit of the few. Let's get our priorities straight. The state capitol really does belong to all of us.

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wildfoxMar. 31, 12 9:27 PM

Fix it.

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mcjoe1Apr. 1, 12 2:27 AM

Fix it.. and keep your hands off the legacy funds while doing so.

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lundovichApr. 1, 12 3:37 AM

How did it get to this point? It would appear that a 25 year plan would be necessary to repair everything that needs to be done.

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ffedericoApr. 1, 12 7:07 AM

Before they fix it they need to decide if it's worth fixing. For the price of repair they might be able to build a more efficient building. There should be no sacred cows in these times. Using legacy funds could prevent higher taxes.

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wildblueApr. 1, 12 7:54 AM

Why is such an ornate building necessary? Throw up a functional office building with two big chambers, a court room and a nice big foyer for protesters. It will need two big rooms, one containing 134 cubes and the other 67 cubes. Yep, party members sit next to each other. Keep it simple and maybe our reps won't let the job go to their heads. You can probably build it for less than it would cost to bring the current building back to working order.

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remark1976Apr. 1, 12 8:30 AM

What is it with some of you people? Why is the mantra in Minnesota "If it's cheaper to build something new than to remodel/renovate, then build new." Have we no sense of history preservation in this state? Some of you share the same thoughts back in the 1950s and 1960s about urban renewal which cost us numerous historical buildings. The State Capitol is a architectural monument.

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Truckman182Apr. 1, 12 8:57 AM

Ask yourself who came up with the $241 million dollar estimate??? Remember when the state did a study on building the infrastructure for a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills last summer. The state came back at $250 million or so estimate. The Vikings hired their own private firm. They came in and said about $150 million. Then the stayed agreed that cost the Vikins came up would suffice. The government doesn't live in the real economic would. Fix the capital but do not have unions contractors doing the work...

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alansonApr. 2, 12 2:18 PM

Pay for it with electronic pull tabs.

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ZombiehunterApr. 2, 12 4:55 PM

The building is a historical treasure for the entire state. We've already done enough demolition around here, tearing down perfectly good old buildings that just need a little TLC, updating, and repairs to mitigate the damage from decades of deferred maintenance.

Tearing it down to build some generic office building? Sheer idiocy! We still have parking lots in downtown Minneapolis from the ill advised urban renewal in the 1960s. Repair it and it'll be good to go for another 107 years.

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