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There's absolutely no reason to live in Minneapolis. We're subsidizing the state, an lacking in basic services. I'm doing what all of the Vikings fans have done. Move to Blaine and let the suckers who stay behind pay for this.
Hate to say it anti-stadium folks.....it's coming together! Actually, I don't hate saying that at all. It's getting dangerously close to gloating time :)
"...the city's chief finance officer said the city's contribution would actually amount to $675 million when accounting for interest payments." ---- I am so sorry Minneapolis residents. You've been thrown under the bus. With the usual cost overruns and other miscellaneous costs, it'll creep up to ONE BILLION you'll have to pay. I would file some lawsuits NOW against this transfer of convention center taxes to some other project that will keep those taxes against you alive for many, many years to come.
Bagley keeps saying on TV that 'this has to get done, this has to get done' over and over like a broken record. WHY?!?! Where is Wilfare's team going to go? Why are the decision-makers so stupid to this fact? What will snap them out of the 'NFL Svengali Stupor?' They are using their constituents to build a DOME version 2.0 for crying out loud! That will be the joke on us all for years to come. 'Which state razed a perfectly fine NFL dome just to build another one? MINNESOTA!'
2/3 of a billion dollars! Just from Minneapolis. Where are the 'loose change' and 'small price to pay' comments now. Has the council and mayor gone nuts?!
Get er done!! Skol Vikes!!!
To disallow the people of Minneapolis a vote on this, is a disgrace. Case in point as to why there is no such thing as a "free market" anymore, but rather "crony capitalism". Rybak & Council showed their true colors once again.
Does the City Council honestly believe increasing taxes is going to improve the business environment? I have lived in the Standish Erickson neighborhood of south Minneapolis for 20 years and have worked downtown for many. The temporary stadium construction jobs will register a small blip but the long term part time pretzel sales jobs are not going to bring prosperity to our city. I do like to eat at Peter's for lunch but they are already expensive and I dont see how making their menu items more expensive is improving their business prospects. Based on experience, very few if any of the football day fans will eat there or anywhere else in Downtown for that matter. I work out at the Y but dont go there on game days because the inexperienced drivers scare me. How is that improving the Y's business prospects? The Downtown Business Association has been quoted in the Tribune as saying the stadium has NEVER generated development of any kind in Downtown. I promise the city counsel that if taxes are being collected for the stadium at my neighborhood restaurants, I will stop going to them. This includes Matts, Busters, the Citizen, the Colossal, 58, etc. I havent gone out to a bar in Minneapolis for years. I havent bought off sale in Hennepin county for a number of years, my business was chased away long ago.
I live in Minneapolis and am a big booster for a new Vikings stadium downtown, so I am happy about the city council vote. A new stadium and
other things planned for that site are wonderful
for downtown. What I am very unhappy about is those negative votes. Voters in Minneapolis, these are many of the same people that voted to decrease the police and fire personnel. Shouldn't we all wonder. They are also many of the same people that say that restaurant, hotel workers and night club workers don't have good jobs. What do these council persons want for
Minneapolis? Nothing but increased subsidized
housing? Increased crime? The council people who voted no should tell all of us Minneapolis
what they want for our downtown and the rest
tell us loudly what you
Can't say I'm surprised that these folks gave into the extortion scheme that Zygi and the NFL put together to pressure them despite the fact that Wilf and the NFL go against everything they preach while on the campaign trail. They must have made some serious behind the scenes promises to these elected officials because you know they care nothing about the re-election hopes of any one of them. Well, if anything the State of Minnesota has set a precedent on what a NFL franchise with an empty Super Bowl / World Championship trophy case is worth; $500 million dollars. Congratulations my fellow purple homers, we will never see a Lombardi trophy but Zygi sure wins no matter what.
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