Burnsville’s Nicollet Park Band Shell
Last week I posted a comment about suburbs trying to create an identity for themselves under my post about the completely unnecessary and overpriced Apple Valley Liquor Store #3 which will be located in the complex adjacent to the pointless Apple Valley Target South and it got some interesting discussion going.
Well, a follow-up to that discussion is this story about how Anderson Builders of St Louis Park have decided to pull out of “downtown” Burnsville’s revitalization attempt known as Heart of the City. This “downtown” includes such businesses as Cub Foods, Milio’s Sandwiches and the Grande Marketplace as well as others such as Jensen’s Cafe located on the corner of Nicollet and Burnsville Parkway.
This entire development seems a whole lot like Apple Valley’s lame attempt at creating a “downtown” with the whole Apple Valley Central Village bullshit. It’s obviously going so very well for the suburbs to try and give themselves identities that everyone knows are nothing but attempts at creating more retail space for chain businesses.
Personally I think that this is great news. I can only hope that stories like this will deter the suburbs from their continued quest to become “Little Woodbury” and create these false “downtowns” in the hopes that people will be fooled into believing that they live in a real quaint town and not some dumpy chain-infested hellhole.