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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.)
The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.
Looking for some detail
The green in question (click for very large version)
The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?
The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.
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.
Also warming things up are these planters.
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.
This is what will count as a knothole (actually, it's a gated entrance)
The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
A closer look at the bridge and walls. You can see where the tracks will be laid.
Here's a curious little room at the end of the circulation ramp. What could they be selling there?
This gate opens onto Seventh Street from the circulation ramps, but it appears to actually be an entrance gate, rather than an exit gate. It has something of a Bat Cave feel about it because it's not a gate proper, but an area of louvers that will swing in, virtually disappearing when closed...
A look at Gate 34.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Citi Field as viewed from Shea.
Detroit got this part right!
Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
What a great sight!
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
The storage tunnel is barely visible at left behind that guy.
Ballpark elevation viewed from Seventh Street. (Click to enlarge.)
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