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Stadium second-guesses are plentiful in Minneapolis this fall — and cheap. They don’t obligate the guessers to any particular course of action if elected. They don’t require the courage that the seven pro-stadium council members showed in 2012, or subject them to the wrath of Vikings fans who stood to lose their favorite team if the 2012 deal collapsed.
They don’t even preclude city politicians from changing their tunes in a few years, when an iconic new stadium snags a Super Bowl for Minneapolis and anchors a $400 million new job-producing development in what is now a sleepy part of downtown (the Star Tribune block excepted, of course).
But when that happens, I hope this fall’s second-guessers have the decency to say a kind word about Mayor R.T. Rybak and the seven 2012 City Council members whose decision they are decrying now. City candidates who ride stadium opposition into office on Nov. 5 will already be in their debt.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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