Schubert Club Bandstand, a highly unnoticed architectural gem on St. Paul's Raspberry Island.
"When was the last time you encountered a new building in St. Paul that was interesting in some deep way, a building that challenged you with new ideas or a creative use of materials or a new approach to urban relationships?"
Pioneer Press architecture critic Larry Millett asked that question in an article in Monday's paper and answered it pretty pessimistically — "Architecture in St. Paul, with few exceptions, has turned to dull predictability" and "drones on, with increasingly dreary results."
While Millett's concern is narrowly focused on architecture, we see in his observations a broader concern, a larger question of the capital city's strategic direction and the perennial conflict between planned development driven by elected officials and organic growth resulting from independent, individual decisions.
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