Asking 'What if?' and 'Why not?' about the riverfront

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 1, 2010 - 11:33 PM

A research project by a group of University of Minnesota architecture students sets out some big dreams for reinventing an area along the Mississippi River.

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orthosticeAug. 1, 10 9:46 PM

America builds its way out of recessions through innovation. Without having seen the exhibit, know I'm intrigued by the potential of Minnesota thinking. Good look.

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mh1234Aug. 1, 1010:02 PM

You can also check the ideas out at www.imaginethemissippi.com . Pretty cool stuff!

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mh1234Aug. 1, 1010:03 PM

www.imaginethemississippi.com

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ashleymn1985Aug. 1, 1010:04 PM

'Why can't we do some of this stuff here?' The answer: Total and complete political dysfunction, too many layers of government, too much political self-interest and games. If you actually tried to do anything on the river front, you would have to go through so many committees that one would eventually just give up. What the Minneapolis DFL does not understand is that all of their layers of government and policy boards actually prohibit, great architects from producing great spaces. There is so much government and political manipulation that it's impossible to get anything done in the City of Minneapolis.

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AnondsonAug. 1, 1010:39 PM

Seems many of those cool ideas don't contemplate the idea the river has spring floods. The terraces, the beaches, the swimming channels, that tunnel out to the open-air hole in the center of the river . . . Let it not be said architects made their careers out of being pragmatic.

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perrucheAug. 1, 1010:43 PM

"What the Minneapolis DFL does not understand is that all of their layers of government and policy boards actually prohibit, great architects from producing great spaces." Hmm... I seem to recall a lot of cons making political hay over some expensive park fountains, most of which were never installed. You can't have it both ways, people. Visions do need money, and public money does need oversight. Don't blame government: you'll get as good a government as you're willing to demand.

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merkinAug. 1, 1010:51 PM

This is the kind of bold leadership and ideas we need. Not all ideas will see the light of day, but the ones that do will transform the riverfront and city into a place that makes Minnesota a destination. People will saw "wow!" instead of "meh."

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merkinAug. 1, 1010:53 PM

Floods recede and the area gets cleaned up. That's simply a detail that needs to be accounted for.

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mplsjacobAug. 2, 1012:53 AM

i think this is exactly the type of bold design that minneapolis needs to make its diamond really shine.

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mayoungAug. 2, 10 1:08 AM

I hope this exhibit can be moved to the Park Headquarters for review. We are always looking at new creative ideas and these ideas could certainly be attached to the upcoming Design competition that is gong to be held to look at making the Upper River the shining diamond of our system.

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