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.
...read the rest at the Star-Trib website.
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.