Peavey Plaza to get redesign rather than wrecking ball

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One of several alternative plans for Peavey Plaza, designed by the original landscape architect. Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
The historic and aging Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis will be redesigned rather than demolished as per the terms of an out-of-court agreement approved today by city council and signed by Mayor R.T. Rybak.

An announcement released by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Washington, D.C.-based Cultural Landscape Foundation, which had been suing the city, says both sides will "work together on a new plan that maintains Peavey's historic character while rehabilitating it to address access, maintenance and programming issues."

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Several alternative plans have been designed, but there' no word yet on whether they'll be included in the talks.

In the past, the city argued that demolition was the most viable course of action for the park, which had also served as the gathering place for Occupy activists at the height of the movement. The Public Works department called it "functionally obsolete" and said "the cost to repair or replicate is not feasible."

When the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission voted against demolition, in 2012, the city took its case to the Zoning and Planning Committee. About two months later, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Cultural Landscape Foundation filed suit, arguing that demolition wasn't necessary to satisfy legitimate concerns about the Plaza.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places early this year. Landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg combined a European sensibility and an American approach to green space when designing the plaza in 1975.

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k2yeb topcommenter

Build. Tax. Tax. Build. Build some more. Tax even more. When will this state learn to focus more on things like the economy and education rather than bells and whistles. I think our govt just gets horny at the idea of being in more "Top 10" lists. 

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

Mpls is just made of money..meanwhile Saint Paul is starting to look like Pittsburg in the early 80`s

MNjoe topcommenter

@k2yeb Considering what we could have done with the trillions Bush & Co. spent on "Liberating Iraq" and his failed hunt for Bin Laden in Afghanistan, Republican'ts should STFU. Win an election or two if you don't like it. Most Americans would rather see their tax dollars spent on heathcare for Americans and infrastructure improvements in America. The plaza will be a nice asset to downtown as well create some jobs for the rebuilding.

k2yeb topcommenter

@Randall G Baxter Very accurate statement. 



But it won't remove the homeless people and ghetto thugs who populate the plaza and therefore make this "redesign" pointless. If you want to improve the infrastructure of this city, improve the lifeline freeways which allow the suburbanites who work in and play in Minneapolis to come into the city and earn and spend money. Spend more money on policing the decaying streets of this city.  Remember, those "evil" Republicans are the ones who are paying the taxes for these Liberal "feel good" measures in the now 3rd world city known as Ghettoapolis. Go and Google Liberal policies in Detroit. Minneapolis will soon be next. The tax and spend approach.........



MNjoe topcommenter

@keny1 @MNjoe So much wrong with your idiotic reply that I don't know where to start. First off, you want to "spend" more money on police patrols - and where does that money come from? The tax base. So I guess "tax and spend" isn't just a a talking point to throw out at the liberals, is it? Second, if "ghettoapolis" is such a horrible place, what are you doing here? Wouldn't you be happier in one of the Liberaterian paradises like Alabama or Somalia?

And by the way, it wasn't liberal policies that ruined Detroit, it was erosion of the tax base through loss of manufacturing jobs by moronic Republican policies that give the rich tax breaks for sending American jobs overseas. And lastly, liberals pay taxes too - usually at a much higher rate than your pal Romney does. Anyway, read on, Drewey's comments are spot on and I couldn't have said it better!

Drewey topcommenter

@keny1 @MNjoe Your world view would be funny if it wasn't so sad.  It must suck to be so wrong about everything.  Fox news has you so convinced that your ignorant and scared world view matters that you desperately vomit it out there for the world to see.  Your grasp of politics, government and society goes beyond childish and races straight to bumbling.  You are your own worst enemy, all you need to do is utter a thought and the real world can see that you aren't to be taken seriously.  So desperately clawing for a victory that will never come...sad.

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