Minnesota Capitol renovation promises to be "miserable”

  • Article by: Jennifer Brooks , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 22, 2013 - 1:42 PM

Restoring the 100-year-old icon will displace everyone from tourists to the governor.

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justanother1Jul. 8, 13 9:51 PM

where was the debate on using public dollars for pet projects on this one, like the stadium? They should tear it down. It's old, obsolete, and a grotesque waste of dollars. There are millions of square feet of warehouses around town that could easily be set up with cubicles and folding chairs for the voting and debate chamber. A Capitol building is unnecessary and a waste of money. Government should be Four square, flat roof, cinderblock with a cement floor and a lunchroom. Just like virtually every single other business in this town they steal from in form of tax.

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supervon2Jul. 8, 1310:44 PM

justanother1-you might be right. It was not until central heat and air conditioning that government spending went crazy. All government officials should have to work in the same conditions as the common man (or woman). Maybe they could all ride the light rail to work every day-it does go right by their place of work, you know. Dayton could walk to University Avenue and hop on. No driver needed.

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jaketwotimesJul. 9, 13 1:26 AM

It's a mark of pride to have a beautiful capitol building. Have you ever seen the capitol of North Dakota? It looks like a communist bloc apartment tower circa 1972. Certainly it's fair to argue that elected representatives don't deserve any sort of palatial accommodations, but that's not what's being asked. All that this is paying for is to update a 100 year old building into the 21st century so that it lasts another 100 years. Having chunks of the building fall onto people's heads doesn't benefit anyone.

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jarlmnJul. 9, 13 1:31 AM

Maybe the Governor can set-up shop in that other barely-used taxpayer-funded edifice ... the Governor's Mansion.

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wisebookJul. 9, 13 4:47 AM

I love our Capitol building and having seen all of the State Capitol buildings and having given tours at the U.S. Capitol, I don't mind saying our Capitol is a treasure. Thanks Cass Gilbert! The modern Capitol buildings such as in Ohio are unimpressive and uninspiring.

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northguy7Jul. 9, 13 5:04 AM

Jakex2: Exactly! We need to preserve our Capitol. Other people will always find something to whine about.

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TeddyWelshJul. 9, 13 5:57 AM

As for who can have offices in the renovated Capitol, shrink the size of the legislature. We don't need so many state senators and representatives. With a smaller legislature we wouldn't need a new office.

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TeddyWelshJul. 9, 13 6:02 AM

Jaketwotimes: while I agree with your statements about restoring the Capitol, you made a cheap shot about the ND Capitol building. It is an original and it has a great profile in its park like location in Bismarck. It can be seen from twenty miles away or more as you approach Bismarck from the east on I94.

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owatonnabillJul. 9, 13 6:08 AM

So the Minnesota Monument To Ineptitude is getting a facelift. One can only hope that one day the State Government will begin to move toward achieving the same quality possessed by the building that houses it.

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jdlellis1Jul. 9, 13 7:49 AM

1 - This is a non-political issue. Restoring this state jewel is a no-brainer. 2 - Consider how the Tribune s tructured the article (e.g., misery around the corner). It would have been more uplifiting and unifying had the Tribune positioned this as an initiative to maintain the history of the state.

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