Still waiting for the funding impresario
Impressions of the Vikings stadium design? Whether it’s an architectural masterpiece or a vulgar, corporate-branded monstrosity is a matter of opinion. However, what’s clearly missing from those thrilling images of the spectacle taking place within that “big, bold and glassy” structure (Star Tribune, May 14) is the reality of the thousands of cars that will bring the crowds there. Where did the architects hide the acres of parking lots? How did they magically alter the inevitably bleak surrounding cityscape?
This latest act of this long-running show has provided yet another dose of the razzle-dazzle that has thus far kept this ill-conceived juggernaut moving forward. But it’s not over yet. Next up is the inspirational tale of how our determined governor finds his pot of gold at the end of the pulltab rainbow, saving the taxpayers from a stadium-mortgaged future. That will really put them on their feet!
Craig Anderson, Minneapolis
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The Minnesota Twins: Two seasons of abysmal performance, followed by this year’s improvement to somewhat less than mediocrity. Feeble, puny, lifeless and boring. Outlook for future: More of the same.
Target Field: Citizens forced by our “civic leaders” to pay for it against our will.
The Pohlad family: Getting ever richer, partially as a result of our unwilling contributions.
The Minnesota Vikings: About on a par with the Twins.
New Vikings stadium: Apparently lavish and, once again, taxpayers stuck with a hunk of the cost, much against the will of most of those forced to pay.
The Wilfs: Getting ever richer, partially as a result of our unwilling contributions.
The Star Tribune, profiting handsomely, tells us we should be thrilled.
Other than football fanatics, we are not.
Jim Fuller, Minneapolis
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It seems more than a little disingenuous for the Star Tribune to marvel at the supposedly newfound possibilities for the Downtown East urban space (editorial, May 15). Though the Editorial Board has regularly offered disclaimers that the newspaper has real-estate interests at stake, it has never explained why the newspaper’s various owners have been content for more than three decades to cash in on parking revenue while presiding over the most drab, ugly and blighted swath of earth in the core city. It seems that yours should be the last enterprise to exult in an investment that could have happened long ago, but because of choices made at your office, did not.
J. Michael Byron, St. Paul
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