'Cult Town' tours of Marine on St. Croix neighborhood spook res...

There are 20 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 22, 2009, titled 'Cult Town' tours of Marine on St. Croix neighborhood spook res.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Jackson Meadow development in Marine on St. Croix won awards for its design.

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Wow

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Apr 23, 2009
The yutes of today include some real imbeciles.
Virgil Flowers

Wayzata, MN

#2 Apr 23, 2009
The place is like an abandoned military post: way too much conformity, and uniformity in the architecture; no one ever seems to be around, no activity. The residents don't deserve to be harassed, but I can certainly understand the curiosity of outsiders, given the uniqueness of the development.
abc

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Apr 23, 2009
what the hells a yute?

“YOU MAKE ME SICK”

Since: Mar 09

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 23, 2009
find the moron that made the you tube video,and remove the video case closed
Virgil Flowers

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Apr 23, 2009
DillHole wrote:
find the moron that made the you tube video,and remove the video case closed
Why? Was it illegal to do drive there, on a public road, and film a public scene? This newspaper printed a detailed map, and description of a place most people did not heretofore know existed. Maybe the article should be erased as well...

“JERKIN THE BEEF”

Since: Mar 09

Born in East LA

#6 Apr 23, 2009
yute = youth

“JERKIN THE BEEF”

Since: Mar 09

Born in East LA

#7 Apr 23, 2009
here's the real problem.You're making a big deal out of nothing.But now it's in the news the paper the peeps that make the video are smiling and laughing there arse's off.
Sarah D

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Apr 23, 2009
I don't see what's so unusual about the architecture. I've seen plenty of townhome developments where each unit looks exactly like all the others.

Those kids must have too much time on their hands if this is all they can think of to do with it.
ggg

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Apr 23, 2009
It's not hard to think this place is weird, kids will be kids.
Film Guy

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Apr 23, 2009
DillHole wrote:
find the moron that made the you tube video,and remove the video case closed
Hey dipstick, there's nothing illegal about filming from public streets. Get a clue.
Virgil Flowers

United States

#11 Apr 23, 2009
Sarah D wrote:
I don't see what's so unusual about the architecture. I've seen plenty of townhome developments where each unit looks exactly like all the others.
Those kids must have too much time on their hands if this is all they can think of to do with it.
Jackson Meadows is nothing like any townhouse development, where varying colors, and accented trim typically break up the monotony and conformity. This place is very stark, and utilitarian-colored entirely flat white; as well as being uniquely isolated from an otherwise typical area. I am far from being a kid, and my first impression of this place was a recollection of the aftermath of the Jonestown massacre: a stark, isolated, uniform compound of buildings, void of human activity. I don't doubt that the residents might very much enjoy it. But to the outside visitor, it is quite taking, and not in a welcoming or delightful manner.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#12 Apr 23, 2009
Virgil Flowers wrote:
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Jackson Meadows is nothing like any townhouse development, where varying colors, and accented trim typically break up the monotony and conformity. This place is very stark, and utilitarian-colored entirely flat white; as well as being uniquely isolated from an otherwise typical area. I am far from being a kid, and my first impression of this place was a recollection of the aftermath of the Jonestown massacre: a stark, isolated, uniform compound of buildings, void of human activity. I don't doubt that the residents might very much enjoy it. But to the outside visitor, it is quite taking, and not in a welcoming or delightful manner.
Hi, Virgil. I get that same feeling when I pass by housing developments along 94 or 694 that are rows and rows of grey cookie-cutter houses. It brings my recollection to a book I read as a child called "A Wrinkle in Time". Very eerie how each structure is identical to the next, spaced perfectly apart, and as you noticed, devoid of humanness. I'm old school, and the older and stranger the structure, the more appeal it has for me. The developments I cite have the undisputable benefit of convenience to freeways, which I understand is priceless to many commuters. I'm curious, though, what the attraction is for residents of Jackson Meadows, being that the development is tucked away in a decidedly off-the-beaten-path locale. Stillwater, being the oldest town in Minnesota, is a gem of an architectural timeline and for most residents it's that quaint uniqueness that drew them to the area.

Zen

“KNOW WHO's LAUGHING”

Since: Mar 09

The Freight yard

#14 Apr 23, 2009
up next,Children of the Corn
Virgil Flowers

United States

#15 Apr 23, 2009
ZenBirdist wrote:
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Hi, Virgil. I get that same feeling when I pass by housing developments along 94 or 694 that are rows and rows of grey cookie-cutter houses. It brings my recollection to a book I read as a child called "A Wrinkle in Time". Very eerie how each structure is identical to the next, spaced perfectly apart, and as you noticed, devoid of humanness. I'm old school, and the older and stranger the structure, the more appeal it has for me. The developments I cite have the undisputable benefit of convenience to freeways, which I understand is priceless to many commuters. I'm curious, though, what the attraction is for residents of Jackson Meadows, being that the development is tucked away in a decidedly off-the-beaten-path locale. Stillwater, being the oldest town in Minnesota, is a gem of an architectural timeline and for most residents it's that quaint uniqueness that drew them to the area.
Zen
Jackson Meadows, I believe was among the first 'cluster developments' in this region. A large parcel of land,several hundred acres, formerly a farm, is put into a preserve, with the houses, roads, utilities clustered together. This creates a density similar to traditional 5-20 acre lots, with more open space. I believe it to be a valid concept, but this development takes the 'communal' appearance to an uncomfortable level for me. It's a very classy area; about 1 mile from St Croix river, a restored prairie and wooded area....just very uniform, and too austere for my tastes. As though one would take one of the urban housing projects you describe, drop it in the middle of a farm field, and let the weeds grow. And as I stated earlier, in spite of numerous drives, and bike rides through this place, I've rarely seen more than 1 or 2 people, no kids toys in the yards... I fully expect to see Rod Serling in a dark suit, with a heater, standing in the road.
cash

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Apr 23, 2009
Good thing they put it in the paper so now a whole new crop of gawkers have discovered it. I never heard of this place before but I'd kind of like to see it. Guess I'd better make sure I only come through once!

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#17 Apr 23, 2009
Virgil Flowers wrote:
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Jackson Meadows, I believe was among the first 'cluster developments' in this region. A large parcel of land,several hundred acres, formerly a farm, is put into a preserve, with the houses, roads, utilities clustered together. This creates a density similar to traditional 5-20 acre lots, with more open space. I believe it to be a valid concept, but this development takes the 'communal' appearance to an uncomfortable level for me. It's a very classy area; about 1 mile from St Croix river, a restored prairie and wooded area....just very uniform, and too austere for my tastes. As though one would take one of the urban housing projects you describe, drop it in the middle of a farm field, and let the weeds grow. And as I stated earlier, in spite of numerous drives, and bike rides through this place, I've rarely seen more than 1 or 2 people, no kids toys in the yards... I fully expect to see Rod Serling in a dark suit, with a heater, standing in the road.
Rod Serling, in a dark suit, with a heater. Love that imagery, thank you!! LOL
Capt Jack Sparrow

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Apr 23, 2009
we'll set sail at dawn
hmmmmmm

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Apr 23, 2009
cash wrote:
Good thing they put it in the paper so now a whole new crop of gawkers have discovered it. I never heard of this place before but I'd kind of like to see it. Guess I'd better make sure I only come through once!
same here, never heard of this place before now. And now I want to go see it too. Road trip.
Kevin

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Apr 23, 2009
If you build it, they will come!
Curious

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Apr 23, 2009
I've lived in and around St. Paul my whole life and I've never heard of this place. This article has my curiosity up now, too. I kind of want to go see this place now. And I'm sure I'm not alone. I bet Jackson Meadows is going to see a new spike in the number of gawkers coming through their town which is the opposite of what they wanted.

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