Tevlin: Continued subsidies for Global Market up for debate

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 7:40 PM

On a recent weekday afternoon, shoppers at the Midtown Global Market mused over what to have for lunch, the fish tacos at Los Ocampo, or maybe a camel burger at Safari Express.

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redeye12Dec. 4, 1311:10 AM

Rybek proves yet again that he's good at spending other people's money. He also shows a complete lack of understanding of the free market--choosing rather to pick and choose who the winners are of the tax payer support.

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pommerDec. 4, 1311:36 AM

I have to question after 7 years of assistance and subsidies, why will another 3 years turn it around? And where DOES this stop? And let's NOT compare it to the Viking subsidies, which are outrageous. I saw pull the plug now.

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jayfrankDec. 4, 13 1:52 PM

Yes, compare it to the Vikings. No one at Midtown Global is a billionaire. Jobs are sustainable rather than some construction jobs and beer vendors. At the cost to the city of the Vikings glass cathedral more than 200 Midtown Globals could be funded.

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dahutysDec. 4, 13 3:41 PM

When the market first opened, I occasionally socialized with someone involved in running it. I got the impression that management viewed the market more like a social service organization. I suspect that's the source of a lot of their problems. Helping immigrants and low-income people learn the skills needed to run a business is a great goal, but unless you are actually a social service organization getting grants and donations, you have to put business considerations first at some point. It sounds like they've finally started doing this, but when you've dug yourself a hole, it takes a while to turn things around.

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connjemjaneDec. 4, 13 6:59 PM

It's Council member Lisa Goodman's nickel and diming around MGM is what's absolutely outrageous. It's not that long since she was poking around with a biomass facility in Phillips that would have directly profited her from city funds, as I recall. And didn't Tuthill support the stadium. They have no grounds to complain. If MGM was in their districts I'm betting they'd both be all for it.

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deneencDec. 5, 13 1:41 PM

People are so short sighted. Having this asset in the neighborhood has brought higher property values, and therefore more property tax revenue. Part of the problem has been the inability to attract Allina employees to shop and eat after work, filling the market for just lunch. Because of that, the food places shut down around 7 which is not good for neighbors who don't get home until then. With the Rabbit Hole opening, hopefully some Allina folk will spend happy hour there and pick up take out to go. Then the stores and restaurants will stay open long enough for neighbors to go eat and shop in the evenings.

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Izzy96Dec. 5, 13 2:15 PM

This would be a good way to continue supporting a multitude of growing business in a historically depressed area of Minneapolis. This is exactly one great way to revitalize an area such as this. Great job Rybak.

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venger00Dec. 5, 13 3:42 PM

The problem is parking, it is not that easy to find a free place to park and go eat or shop unless you are at the hospital.

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govcrazyeyesDec. 6, 13 9:15 AM

Been there with my family. Loved it. That said, will it have to be subsidized in perpetuity? At what cost?

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daytonsajokeDec. 6, 13 8:10 PM

jayfrankDec. 4, 13 1:52 PM Yes, compare it to the Vikings. No one at Midtown Global is a billionaire. Jobs are sustainable rather than some construction jobs and beer vendors. At the cost to the city of the Vikings glass cathedral more than 200 Midtown Globals could be funded.............obviously the jobs are not self sustaining or we wouldn't be spending taxpayer money to keep the place afloat.

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