Why not have the World's Fair here in Minnesota?

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 5:18 PM

Tucked in an article about the future of the Twin Cities, I spied a line that made me freeze: There’s a push by local folk to get the 2022 World’s Fair.

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senjh23Jul. 30, 1311:02 PM

James, hard to believe you would oppose hosting the largest cultural event in the world...I think you confuse it with the Olympics (another giant stadium, fifteen days of sports and competition), a political convention (a 4-day orgy of divisive partisanship) or the Viking deal (taxpayers funding a giant church to the football gods owned by someone named Ziggy.) The World's Fair would be mostly invested in by non-Minnesotans, by smart businesses looking to enhance our world attraction and by accelerated transportation improvements we will do anyway. It would provide a four-month World trade mission TO Minnesota instead of sending off our politicians on random visits to other countries. It would show 130 plus nations cooperating under a single universal theme and enhance that non-political relatinoship. But, please keep following the leadership that has the foresight and commitment to bring Minnesota's attributes to the world...and you can then write a column joking about the opposition.

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