A library or a teahouse: Will this idea float?

  • Article by: BARBARA FLANAGAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 2, 2005 - 10:00 PM

The Flanagan Memo - Re: Looking alert and ahead. Here's to a happy and hopeful 2005!

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A fresh start

How about starting with some ideas to make it so? Just look at what they did in Paris - a skating rink partway up the mighty Eiffel Tower. Now that's a great idea.

We can't do that here because there is no Tour Eiffel, but how about this: a floating library/reading room.

Yes, one will open next fall on a lake in Amsterdam and it has a local angle.

Its creator is Siah Armajani, the internationally known sculptor who calls Minneapolis home. And what a good idea for a City of Lakes!

True, it would cost, but somewhere, somehow, someone has the money. Endow it and have it named after you.

As for a site, well, Lake Calhoun is Minneapolis' biggest lake, but perhaps something that floats would fit elsewhere in the city. And it doesn't have to be a library.

How about a floating cafe? Or a tea shop on the lake in Loring Park.

Minneapolis deserves an Armajani sculpture on a lake.

Think about it.

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New York gift

Joe Temeczko's largesse is finally being put to beautiful use in New York.

Temeczko, a Polish immigrant living in Minneapolis, died a month or so after the 9/11 attacks. Before he died, he changed his will, leaving more than $1 million to New York City. His idea was to fix up a Manhattan park.

Then a dispute held up the renovation, but now the money will be used to help resurface a park in Chinatown, and the rest will go to plant daffodils throughout city parks as a memorial to 9/11 victims.

Why? In writing about him last month, People magazine noted that New York was where he landed when he came to the United States. Then he moved to Minneapolis, where he worked as a handyman.

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