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Regionalism the Key to Stadium Fairness, Mayor Chris Coleman Says

Newspaper article

Regionalism the Key to Stadium Fairness, Mayor Chris Coleman Says

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Still concerned that plans for a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis could lead, indirectly, to big problems for St. Paul, Mayor Chris Coleman has again made a plea for a regional look at how decisions like that are made.

The big concern: Minneapolis officials want to tie a stadium deal to paying for renovations to the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Doing so would help Target better compete against St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center for concerts, shows and sporting events.

(Coleman also thinks it is superfluous to have two municipal arenas in one metropolitan area and would like to see Target Center demolished, but that would mean bringing the Timberwolves to St. Paul, and that ain't gonna happen.)

In a message to city residents this week, Coleman outlines his concerns and calls for a spirit of regionalism in the stadium issue, much the same as the metro counties handle transportation issues.

Coleman's message:

Six years ago, when I first started this job, the Mayor of Minneapolis and I did something that was mostly unheard of for our two cities -- we had breakfast.

At that breakfast, we talked about our kids, our cities, and discussed ways we, as mayors, can work together for the betterment of our community. Looking forward, we knew how important the idea of regionalism would be to creating jobs, keeping our neighborhoods safe, and promoting our towns.

In that spirit of cooperation, we brought the RNC to the metro area. We formed Greater MSP, a regional organization that focuses on economic growth and brings business to the area. We created the Counties Transit Improvement Board, a regional board that coordinates public transportation projects throughout the Twin Cities metro area. …

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