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.



2 Comments:

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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