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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.
...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.
Bronze glove delivered (awaiting installation) with Met flag pole horizontal behind the gate
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
You can't get there from here.
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They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Branding on the plaza
The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)
Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
2007, Noah's first game (Torii's last)
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A sign that your mall is all but dead: roped off escalators. (This is at about 4:00 PM on a weekday.)
Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
Target Plaza looking toward the grandstand
This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.
Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.
This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.
From the Downtown Council's 2025 Plan, a Metrodome "Revelopment" and a strong indication of where they think a new Vikings stadium should go.
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
I meant to include this shot the other day. It's the new LRT bridge being built next to the remaining half of the Fifth Street bridge. The new half is almost TWICE the width of the portion torn down. And the other end runs right into a HERC administration building! (Click to see the view from nearly the same spot about 85 years ago.)
Here's a curious little room at the end of the circulation ramp. What could they be selling there?
Circulation building with construction team on top
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
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Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures