A BROBDINGNAGINAN WALKIE-TALKIE? James Lileks asks, "What does this look like to you?"

It's not for the spirit of Colonel Pillsbury to contact the spirit of Henry Villard and have a few boxcars delivered to the flour mill. It's the new home for the Guthrie Theater in the Twin Cities, and Mr Lileks is not impressed. The former jobbers' district of the Twin Cities is being converted into lofts and other properties rendered obsolete by warehouses at express-messenger hubs. The conversion is not without pretension or a sacrifice of aesthetics.

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