proffdog wrote:there may be some people from small cities who are impressed by a Target downtown, but i can guarantee that no one would go to Minneapolis or Seattle to see a Target store ... they go for the unique things you can only find in those two cities (markets, art, music scenes, shops). and if Des Moines wants to have any sort of appearl to those outside the city, they need to focus their efforts on unique development.
i live downtown, and the 7 minute drive to Target isn't killing me.
What this site needs is not rows of identical townhouses and big box retail. It needs dense, inner city neighborhood design of old but with modern style and amenities. Retail space and office space needs to be interspresed with housing and above all, parking needs to be hidden and greenspace plentiful.
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