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Minneapolis city officials want to demolish Peavey Plaza, create new public space

The downtown park has been a Minneapolis landmark since Mary Tyler Moore's day. Preservation groups and architects are not happy about the city's desire to junk today's plaza and start over from scratch. But that may be a cheaper option than repairing the existing space.
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The downtown park has been a Minneapolis landmark since Mary Tyler Moore's day. Preservation groups and architects are not happy about the city's desire to junk today's plaza and start over from scratch. But that may be a cheaper option than repairing the existing space.

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