Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1427 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
Found this to be quite interesting...
Richfield runway project ready for takeoff Star Tribune, July 24, 2005
By David Peterson
An $800 million runway that will thunder to life at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this fall will bombard some of its neighboring communities with jet noise the likes of which they've never endured. But it could help one of them reinvent itself.
On a swath of land alongside the new runway, Richfield hopes to wipe out homes and businesses to create a surprisingly suave urban destination that embraces the expanding airport.
Inspired in part by Disneyland Paris, a small firm called JLG Architects has proposed a pair of micro downtowns with landscaped boulevards and greenways, one of them lit by cables strung from rooftops in a way that mimics the look of a runway.
The developments also might lure restaurants and other businesses that could profit from views just across the highway of aircraft surging up into the air or screaming through their touchdowns.
"There really isn't a good site to do that now," said airport spokesman Pat Hogan. "A lot of people park along Post Road to watch, but there are a lot of fences there and it's not a good place to see takeoffs and landings. Even inside the terminal we have just one small viewing station."
The underlying necessity, city officials say, is to eliminate homes that were never built to stand up to the deep shuddering vibrations of Runway 17/35, which aims to accommodate growing traffic at the busy airport and direct fewer takeoffs at south Minneapolis.
For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Richfield, MN is an inner-ring Twin Cities suburb that is notably proactive in fighting the effects of suburban decay as development races south from the metro. They've done a pretty decent job--landing the new Best Buy HQ was a huge score--and this seems to be their next attempt to shore up the city's economy a bit.
CBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1685 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
Hmm...Very Interesting, I wonder if or when this project would be complete. It would be nice to have a nice spotting place at MSP. There are a few good places, but they are definitely not designed for spotters. I'll have to keep an eye on this development!!
AviatorTJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
I'd put money on it.
Also, I'm sure the Richfield project wouldn't be any better than the view from Ikea. The proposed development is North of 66th, which is on the north 1000 feet or so of 17-35. In between there, you will see the MNDOT salt shed and some of the midfield cargo development. I'm all for what Richfield is looking for, but I will not hold my breath for it.
By the way, I drove 66th at Cedar this evening, and they are putting a big cement road to match up with the new stuff at Longfellow. It is amazing how that road has changed within the last ten years. Before you know it, the airport Super Target will be erected.