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A Brief Delay

May 31, 2006 1:38 AM

Two days of coding and the site is finally functioning as it should.

Because it's late and my eyes are getting bleary, there's no time for me to do justice to the history I have of the ballpark site. Suffice it to say that it was rail yards for the better part of a century, then surface parking.

It makes one wonder what lurks beneath the asphalt in terms of hazardous substances. Supposedly some study has already been done to guarantee that clean-up won't be too expensive, but you have to wonder.

The rest of the neighborhood evolved because of the presence of the farmer's market (originally located on the Target Center block), and the Ford manufacturing plant (later the Honeywell building, and currently known as Ford Centre). This building dominates many photos of the Minneapolis skyline before about 1940. Its gigantic cube is visible in numerous old photos in the Minnesota Historical Society database.

Here's an example photo from 1950 (with the future ballpark site clearly visible in the center of the frame).

Looks like a pretty rugged area, and it was. In fact it still is to some extent, with the Sharing and Caring Hands building nearby attracting a somewhat rough crowd.

Old maps of the city show that there were once streets known as 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North which ran through the area, and presumably buildings of some sort there before the tracks. I'm still looking into this.

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When are we going to be able to see the "coming soon" stuff?

Posted on May 31, 2006 at 1:52 PM by MOJO Highlight this comment 1

I'll try to add one per day...

Posted on June 1, 2006 at 01:03 AM by Rick 2

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Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.



This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.



This view is from the roof of a warehouse which stood where the A ramp is today. The HERC is now located where the tracks turned north (toward the top).



Here's another view up Sixth Street toward where the plaza will meet First Avenue (it will hug Target Center all the way).









I suppose that one day my son will graduate from Mrs. Fields to Hooters. At least he won't have to travel too far. *Shudder*



(Click to enlarge.)



Just, wow.









Go get 'em, boys!



The creative design of the admin building stands in stark contrast to the horribly pedestrian appearance of the LRT platform. This design looks like it came out of a public transportation manual.



Signage for the concession stand which is available from the plaza (plaques are up on the fencing)



...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.






Seventh Street circulation



Someone please get those poor people a drink of water. (Gate 34, after the game had started)






Yes, it's pretty tempting to just walk right in...



Here's the current overview from the south side of the B ramp (from which the banner at the top of this page was culled).






Poles through the gap



Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



A mini-freeway! (Police action in progress...)



I don't think this will remain a knothole, but the view is pretty cool.






These two sections are within a few feet of one another.



This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.



The gate has grown a row of sponsorship



Touring the Rapid Park site (L-R: Commissioners Wade, Vekich, Sykora, Cramer, and tour guide Chuck Ballentine, source: RP)



Break time






No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...



Photo by Tyler Wycoff






A peek through a tiny gate.



From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV



Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?












The circulation ramp on the north now has its louver framing.



A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.















I had to hold the camera as far over my head as I could to get this shot, in which the infield is finally visible. It's a spot made for your average Timberwolves player.


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