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I've seen both plans to update PP. I can't for the life of me understand how this can possibly cost $10 million dollars !
Tragic. Another Minneapolis mistake. Think Lutheran Brotherhood, think Nicollet Mall, think West Hotel, think old Minneapolis train station. . .get the picture. Get a clue.
Who cares what they do as long as it is not funded by tax dollars. The only ones affected are those that are still trapped in the city and can't leave.
Welcome to the city without a past... and with no appreciation for great design.
I'd love to see the fountain survive--even if in a different location. I don't believe them when they say "beyond repair." Anything can be rebuilt.
I wouldn't want to be disabled; I'm sure it is much more than just a disadvantage. But we (the US) have destroyed so much because something isn't handicapped-accessible and it costs more to make it handicapped-accessible than it does to tear it down and start all over again. Our historic architecture suffers as a result. bake0325 is right - 'welcome to the city without a past'. Pretty soon, it'll be 'welcome to the country without a past.'
Very sad to see it go.
I don't know a lot about landscape architecture and all that, but as a frequent business visitor to the city, I find this very sad.
While it is true that the plaza has been neglected by the city and allowed to decay, it remains even now a serene and inspiring oasis. Really it reminds me of Istanbul or Rome. I've often thought what a tremendous asset it would be if it was restored some.
But the renovation drawing show that the new plan just destroys everything that is so striking and impressive about the space and replaces it with the kind of standard throw-away 21st century promenade that adorns outlet malls, condo developments, and corporate parks across the country.
It is sad. And sadder still when I reflect on what it says about the decline of Minneapolis from a city with the culture and values to build and treasure such a space, to one that tears it down and builds something cheap. From Hubert Humphrey to Michelle Bachmann I guess. Sad.
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