Lileks: St. Paul Macy's has future as a museum

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 6:51 PM

What to do with the St. Paul Macy’s building? And why should you care?

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joe_mnJan. 10, 14 7:28 AM

they should copy mpls. lets see, what store do i love going to in dwtn mpls? hmm, cant think of any. guess its better off being torn down and made into a parking lot. but it will still be mostly unused even in that capacity.

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alr213Jan. 10, 14 9:38 AM

The place would be more suited, on many different levels, as a columbarium.

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nmhoodJan. 10, 1412:11 PM

How about an Urban Renewal Museum?

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davethedogJan. 10, 14 5:23 PM

We can always use more prisons.

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littlebootsJan. 10, 14 5:44 PM

Convert the old boarded up Macy's building into a new homeless shelter for the Dorothy Day Center. It's plenty big, they need a new space and it would suit Saint Paul perfectly.

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boomerbobJan. 11, 1410:43 AM

James Lileks is correct about how Saint Paul tore down some good old buildings with unique character in the 1960s. However, I also remember many old, nondescript buildings that were underused and run-down. I love the Pioneer-Endicott complex redevelopment and am happy to see it succeeding, along with the redeveloped old main post office. Regarding the closed Macys building, I spent a lot of time as a child/later teenager in downtown Saint Paul in the 1950s and 1960s. I like museums, but that is the last thing we need there. The critical need is to bring back things for downtown residents, weekday workers,and visitors to DO: a movie theater; a billiard parlor with food, beer and arcade games; a bowling alley(?), and put the revived Artists Quarter on the main floor facing Wabasha Street! Downtown Saint Paul has long needed more variety in choices for its nightlife. It's a great central location, with its own off-street parking. Ok, City and Port officials, let's get this going!

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aj9000Jan. 11, 14 2:15 PM

This is the kind of thing that happens when ideologically focused architects are left unchallenged. The worst plan of all was conceived by one of the most famous architects in history, Le Courbusier. He proposed leveling the center of Paris and replacing it with regimented rows of concrete high rises that only a communist could love.

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littlebootsJan. 12, 14 7:05 PM

Downtown Saint Paul is where dreams go to die. Nothing will ever change that. Saint Paul is the most inept backwards dysfunctional nightmare of a downtown in the entire USA, Detroit included.

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dazarkinJan. 15, 1411:53 AM

James Lileks is right about Macy’s but he doesn’t know the crazy history of downtown St. Paul planning and development and what has been torn down in the name of progress (Shuneman’s Dept. Store).

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