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Nice to see money spent for this depot and not for more republican wars or tax cuts.
Soo.. what else is there besides a couple of buses. Anywhere to get a bite to eat?
Amen markc1. I want my money to go to America. No Germany or Israel or Pakistan.
Great - now have Amtrak pull into someplace that isn't in the middle of an industrial wasteland. First time we came to the cities on the train we waited 30 minutes for a cab and then got taken on an epic long-haul ride that took us past the Metrodome *twice* on our way to the MoA.
still looks lonely.
The Depot itself is gorgeous and it better be for that much money. Unfortunately there is absolutely nothing going on around it or any potential for anything to go on around it due to no feasible retail space in downtown Saint Paul. That whole area is a dreary cold lonely wasteland. Minneapolis is building its own regional transportation hub, obviously everyone will and should just go there. Downtown Saint Paul is embarrassing and shameful.
littleboots, I have spent twenty years apiece in Mpls and St Paul. Hate to say it, and it is only my opinion, but there is very little happening in Mpls that would get me over there to take a look. They do have all those cool lakes but as far as the MPLS down town area...yuck. Hennepin Av, Warehouse District, Block E? You can have it. St Paul is a very different town if you have to compare it to Mpls. There are places to go and things to do. You do have to go out and find them. Harriet Island, Lowertown, Restaurants on Seventh, Selby Av. Add the restored Depot and the new Stadium when it is finished to the list and who knows will follow. Maybe it is not how MUCH you have but WHAT you have that makes a place worth visiting.
Skeptic, you have not convinced me! I just peddled my bike downtown, no bike lanes, no other cyclists, there was hardly anyone out on the streets even!? I went to Lowertown, there's nothing there. It's so depressing. What is cool about it there? There's no retail shops, none, there's one cafe and a deli. Wow, that's cool by Saint Paul standards?! At night two sports bars with TV's everywhere open up by Mears park!? It's so sad and laughable at the same time. It's not hip, not cool, not cosmopolitan, nothing, just boring. Go to Portland Seattle or Minneapolis, they are all bustling and world renowned. Saint Paul is more like Detroit downtown. Think about, tons of tax payer money spent and it still is awful. I went to Union Depot, I don't know why just to look around, nothing there, a guy waiting for a bus. Ok if that's cool, whatever...I peddled back over the Wabasha bridge and went to Harriet Island, nobody there, nothing going on. It's just not happening or cool anywhere downtown Saint Paul. Sorry, you need to get out more if you think it is. Minneapolis is waaaaaay cooler and everyone knows it except maybe you. It's a joke down there, always has been, always will be.
Sorry thumbs downers, the truth hurts. I want it to be truly cool down there more than anyone, but you have to accept reality before you can make a change for the better. That's the problem with the people in Saint Paul, they are in denial, like the mayor saying Macy's leaving is a great opportunity. Okay prove it, and prove it now not like it's always been in the past where people say "it will be cool, once we..." (insert your giant top down government subsidized project) My grandparents used to tell me how cool Saint Paul was and I believed them but that was generations ago and ever since I've been alive for 38 years it's been a bleak place. Government offices, bank and insurance workers. The skyways don't help at all. The lack of feasible retail space is atrocious. I wanted to invest in a business in downtown Saint Paul after having started and run 3 successful businesses on the west coast but that downtown has got me stumped. I just don't see it happening, and i know I'm not alone.
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