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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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Steel going up fast.









Party deck






This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.



Pillows!












Pawlenty makes it official!



From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.






Home Plate Terrace -- really great seats; maybe my personal, budget-based favorite












Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.



The dish!



Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room






The limestone theme is apparently carried to the area behind home plate. This will look great -- and distinctive -- on TV. But watch out for those foul balls!












Plaza overview from the A ramp



The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.






These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?



A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.



Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".



The wooden louvers are in on Fifth Street



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Moonyball



Party deck



The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!



I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)



The first completed mural



Our cantilever friends will be happy to learn that there will be sections with views like this in the new stadium.






Wind veil install from across Seventh



The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)






Main Concourse



From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.



A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.






That group was working on something very carefully, but I couldn't tell just what it was.



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