Urban-velopment?

What do we think about the new SuperTarget that has been proposed for the Midway area along University Avenue? WCCO’s noon news had a little blurb about it today, and the arguments against the idea are baffling.

Some opponents say a “big-box” SuperTarget is not a good fit for the area which favors smaller businesses. Um, what about the GIANT Cub and Herberger’s and Borders and friggin’ Wal-Mart stores down the block?

They also say that they would prefer a business that is multicultural, therefore better representing the neighborhood. So now SuperTargets come with their own Caucasian customer population? Wow.

Opponents would like SuperTarget’s size to decrease by making it a multistoried building, thus decreasing its supposed impact on the environment. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. And wouldn’t that end up costing more money anyway?

Target insists that it is the right fit for the area, pointing out that they are privately funding the construction, that they will add 350-450 jobs, and they have created additional “green spaces,” I guess to address the environmental impact.

I myself favor a SuperTarget development. My selfish reason is that I won’t have to drive all the way out to Roseville anymore, but I think the competition would be beneficial for the community. And I have no worries about SuperTarget “suburbanizing” our little neighborhood. I’m sure it will be plenty multicultural in there.

The St. Paul city council will vote today on the project. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

4 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

    I had no idea that a SuperTarget in that area would be so controversial. It seems to fit right in, what with all the other big stores you mentioned. But maybe that’s the problem.

    I know twin city sidewalks has addressed the issue. That blog is my favorite source on local urban planning issues.


  2. Amanda (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    Here is an article with more info on the Midway SuperTarget from the PiPress: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/14604718.htm

    I’m not so opposed to development in that area as I am opposed to SuperTargets. They are just too darn BIG, making it a pain to find anything inside and creating a traffic nightmare outside. I live very close to the Roseville ST but drive over to the Quarry for non-super Target sanity. I dread the day I’ll have to go even further.


  3. Erica (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    Is that significantly different from the Wal-Mart at University and… is that at Hamline? Or do you not shop at Wal-Mart, since they’re evil and all? (I won’t shop there.)

    Is that a Super Wal-Mart or a regular one? Seems like that would be a lot of competition for a SuperTarget, what with a Cub already over there.


  4. Amanda (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    I am pretty much just opposed to any big-box retail store that is the grocery store/discount store combo, regardless of whether it’s Target, Wal-Mart, or even K-mart. I shopped at Wal-Mart in Bloomington all the time because their prices were way cheaper. Sure, I know HOW they get their prices so cheap (like how they almost bankrupted Vlasic Pickles or are seriously messing up the coast of Chile), but I need to buy stuff cheaply to keep a roof over my head.

    Target just happens to be closer to my new house than a Wal-Mart, so now I’ve defaulted back to Le Tarzhey. I hopscotch the line between thrift and convenience as necessary.



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