My email box was still buzzing while I was down after wisdom teeth removal. Here are some of the goodies.
Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level
Here's a correction: The LRT platform will actually be able to load outbound trains from both sides.
I still have a couple of questions pending about these items, so I expect to have more to say on each of the photos above.
Next, a quick flag pole update.
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway
I swung by the Legion in Richfield a few days ago, and the old Met Stadium flag pole is still there in all its 100-foot glory.
My contacts there tell me that one scheduled removal date came and went with no activity, and another has not yet been scheduled.
While the flag pole represents barely a dot on the "i" of Target Field, it sounds like all parties have put in a lot of effort to make this special connection to Twins ballpark history happen.
I'll let you know when I have more details.
Last week was the 75th anniversary of the truck strike and labor riots which took place in the Minneapolis warehouse district. More specifically, the riots were centered around two downtown locations.
The first of these was the labor union headquarters, located at 215 South Eighth Street (now occupied by St. Olaf Catholic Church). The second location, the city market, was much nearer and dearer to our hearts because it was on the block now occupied by Target Plaza.
Here is a picture of the National Guard on duty on Second Avenue North at North Sixth Street (the corner where Target Center, Butler Square, the B ramp, and Target Plaza all meet). The buildings in the upper right of the picture occupied the block where I-394 now roars, and above which we will saunter to baseball games next summer.
Channel 4 did a short retrospective on the anniversary last week (which was overshadowed by the 40th anniversary of the moon landing). It also includes mention of another restaurant closing in Block E.
And, before I forget, our friend Shane was featured last week on the WCCO news talking about the new web site dedicated to the history of Memorial Stadium.
The site is way cool. Budget a fair amount of time before clicking here.
Thanks for stopping by today, and for keeping the discussion interesting while I ice my cheeks for another day or so.
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
Explore the Site
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7:42 PM It moves to the left in the image and begins to blossom.
Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
Dan Kenney, my tour guide
The admin building (note TF logo on banner)
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.
LRT at the ballpark
This will be a bar/restaurant.
Then you turn around to this!
Crosswalk taking shape.
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
Stepping inside the circulation building
Not me, but it might as well be.
A beautiful, glowing sunset after the rain.
A classic profile on the horizon
Workers against green
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?
The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
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).
Click to enlarge
The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.