Readers Write: (Sept. 13): Transit hub, Totino-Grace, government 'rigmarole,' the Wilfs

  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 7:25 PM

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Naming rights, missing element, comparisons

A few years ago, Target paid millions for naming rights to the new Twins ballpark, yet a Sept. 12 article (“Target Field transit station will be like Grand Central”) does not indicate that the corporation will pay any additional money for an adjacent transit hub to be called “Target Field Station.” Did the original deal on naming rights include a future transit hub, or only the stadium? If the latter is true, it would appear that Target is getting a “twofer.”


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What a shame it is that the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will not be part of this wonderfully innovative center of activity. I have always thought the Farmers Market location was the best place for the stadium, and with the addition of the interchange transit hub, my convictions are that much stronger.

ROBERT JOYCE, Minneapolis

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Calling the hub “Minnesota’s version of New York City’s Grand Central Station” is remarkably naive and unfair. The newly refurbished Union Depot transit hub in St. Paul is light years ahead of what anything Minneapolis has to offer.

For instance, it provides a year-round, climate-controlled environment, in a magnificent neoclassical building replete with restaurants and other amenities — all under one highly ornate roof.

Minneapolis’s version is more like the Blue Line Lake Street station: an elevated bus/rail hub open to frigid winter winds and sticky summer humidity. The emperor indeed has no clothes (and will certainly need winter woolies in Minneapolis).


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School should promote itself more honestly

The recent forced resignations of the president and a teacher at Totino-Grace High School for being in same-sex relationships (“Gay teacher loses Totino-Grace job,” Sept. 11) calls for the archdiocesan Roman Catholic educational institution to update the misleading statements on its website.

Its mission statement says that “we seek to provide a safe environment that places priority on mutual respect, self-discipline, and acknowledgment of our responsibility in the world community.”

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