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Continued: Readers Write: (Oct. 7): TV news, chemical weapons, Minneapolis campaign, Nicollet Mall

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I am a longtime Twin Cities resident currently living on the East Coast, and have been following the Star Tribune’s online coverage of the Minneapolis mayoral race. It appears that this year’s mayoral campaign has a more civil tone than any other election I’ve followed. This change of tone, which is so badly needed in our political discourse, seems to be a result of the city’s newly implemented ranked-choice voting system. With runoff voting, candidates cannot afford to take an uncivil tone and alienate voters the way they can under traditional voting systems.



Will redesign get tangled in utilities?

The competition to draft a new vision for Nicollet Mall has been a process that deserves applause. The engagement almost assures creative and exciting design for our cornerstone avenue.

Twenty design teams submitted proposals, and three emerged as finalists. The winning design team for the $30-million-to-$40-million project was selected by a committee that included professors in architecture, city officials and business leaders. The winner was James Corner Field Operations, the firm that designed the High Line public park in Manhattan, Navy Pier in Chicago and Seattle’s Central Waterfront, a $300 million project. The team will include seven additional design firms, four of them local.

I am unsure whether Corner Field has reviewed engineering reports detailing the dense web of utility lines underlying Nicollet, a spaghetti mass allowing little room for tree roots and tree survival. Regardless, for Twin Cities homebodies and for visitors from afar, the reshaping of the mall will ensure a charming, attractive centerpiece of highest-quality design.


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