Friday, February 09, 2007

The Daily Mall Reader: Apache Plaza Mall

A daily dose of mall-related reading...

Big-box Paradox

Star Tribune - March 01, 2003

(Excerpt) City officials in St. Anthony Village, a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis, had a small-town, downtown dream for the redevelopment of the aging Apache Plaza mall, which sits almost empty in the heart of this community of 8,000.

Minnesota's second-oldest enclosed shopping center (after Southdale in Edina) is scheduled to be razed and replaced by an urban village of housing, small shops, restaurants, walkways, ponds and an amphitheater along a meandering main street.

But a funny thing happened on the way from the first plan for this new-urbanist scene to the current conceptual drawing for St. Anthony's $150 million redevelopment project: The outline of a large discount retailer -- perhaps a Wal-Mart or Target -- was added to St. Anthony's pedestrian-friendly new downtown after city officials recognized some changing economic and political realities.

Read the full article here.


Blogger Cora said...

The original mall in the tribute page looks so much more interesting than that bland pseudo village plus Wal-Mart.

Fri Feb 09, 05:35:00 PM  
Blogger VanGuard said...

I'd like to stand on the very top of the Wal-Mart that replaced Apache, and take a good, long piss on the political hacks responsible for this blight.

Mon Mar 19, 10:31:00 PM  

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