City planners in town to give us the once-over

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 26, 2009 - 10:41 PM

Planners from around the country are in town checking out the Twin Cities' successes, from the Chain of Lakes to Summit Avenue.

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karendavid816Apr. 26, 09 8:25 PM

This didn't just happen downtown and along the river. Go back to the sixties and seventies. Minneapolis had a Planning Director, Lawrence Irvin, and a planning commission and some corporate leaders with a vision of what we have today. Members of the City Council regularly called for Irvin's head but I think history shows he won.

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ckuhlmanApr. 26, 09 8:33 PM

That set up conventions to enforce the same high-tax unoffensive vanilla blandness on all of us in he name of 'best practices'. Go home.

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futuricsApr. 26, 09 8:53 PM

Given recent closings and the articles and debates in this very newspaper, it would be interesting to get their professional critique of the place.

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scdelappApr. 26, 0910:13 PM

What about a tour of the neighborhoods dominated by socially irresponsible residents. All the building and city planners can't undo the work of teens having children and a social welfare system that is a better lure for outsiders than the fish in Mille Lacs. Planning for people who are mentally unable to function in a civilized world, is not a topic addressed by educators and government leaders. Nothing will change until they accept that these people exist, and really are forcing massive amounts of publically services, police, courts, hospitals, disfunctional schools, and affected neighbors who try valiantly to maintain peaceful and dignified lives. Admitting the truth is frightening and maybe against the law, but sooner or later someone will have the courage to address the obvious, but now unspeakable, problems.

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nojusticeApr. 26, 0910:26 PM

Ever hear of online conferencing public tax spending bureaucrats! There work should be outsourced and these bureaucrats laid off!

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noinkApr. 26, 0910:48 PM

Did they show them the empty office buildings in St. Paul and all the shopping centers with empty stores in the metro?

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boris123Apr. 26, 0910:58 PM

City Planning = centralized government. Please visit - Block E, City Center, downtown St. Paul former World Trade Center & Lawson Center and depot, anywhere in North Minneapolis, I35 at crosstown, Brookdalea dn surroundings, the entire stretch of I394 from I494 to the Basilica...and on and on. Government - Federal, State and local, are the more inefficient than any private organizaion including the former big 3 auto manufacturers. The private market is very punishing of bad behavior and very rewarding of good behavior - get the government out of this enabling policy as it only rewards bad behavior.

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boris123Apr. 26, 0911:02 PM

City Planning = centralized government. Please visit - Block E, City Center, downtown St. Paul former World Trade Center & Lawson Center and depot, anywhere in North Minneapolis, I35 at crosstown, Brookdalea dn surroundings, the entire stretch of I394 from I494 to the Basilica...and on and on. Government - Federal, State and local, are the more inefficient than any private organizaion including the former big 3 auto manufacturers. The private market is very punishing of bad behavior and very rewarding of good behavior - get the government out of this enabling policy as it only rewards bad behavior.

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ahumble77Apr. 26, 0911:19 PM

Make sure you take them by the Kmart on Lake and Nicollet debacle. That should teach anybody with a brain a pretty good lesson...

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KentWorleyApr. 27, 09 6:40 AM

somebody's got to say something good about city planners, right? thinking........thinking.......... this may take some time.

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