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Thursday, April 27, 2006


One of the architects that I work with alerted me to THIS monstrosity being perpetrated on the (already monstrous, admittedly) city of Pella, Iowa. Pella, which is known for its windows and faux-Pennsylvania Dutch culture (which basically means that Iowans are too wussy to eat scrapple). The design geniuses at Wal-Mart HQ in Arkansas cooked up a little 7-Gabled wonder that they will plop down into a Pella strip mall. Does the Smoothie King down the block double as a has bar? According to the Des Moines Register:

The facade of the store will include some architectural features that will fit well with the community's Dutch flavor, Mayor Darrell Dobernecker said.

"We were very impressed with the way Wal-Mart stepped up with a design to keep the building in step with our Dutch architecture," Dobernecker said.
We can only hope that the nearby town of Amana, Iowa will counter with a windmill-shaped K-Mart.

LINK thanks, Zamir!


At 4/27/2006 11:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog. As an Iowan, I am very impressed with your ability to capture the essence of Iowa's culture! We suck.

At 4/28/2006 11:04:00 AM, Blogger Garth Johnson said...

If Nebraskans are good at one thing...it's bagging on Iowans. I was talking with an Iowan friend about this very thing last week, and she was totally unaware that Nebraskans were into this. She, as an Iowan, was too busy bagging on Wisconsin. Besides, who bags on a state like Nebraska that nobody has heard of?

At 4/29/2006 06:57:00 PM, Anonymous wandabee said...

Sigh. I live near Amana and spend most of my summer weekends near Pella. It's hard to say which is more pathetic.

Pella does have one good restaurant (Thai, believe it or not), while ALL the food in Amana is inconceivably inedible. Pella also has a great women's clothing store, and a bookstore whose courageous owner carries a surprising selection of liberal and alternative lifestyle publications - you won't find THAT in Amana.

On the other hand, if you're unlucky enough to find yourself in Pella on a Sunday, you won't be shopping anywhere but Wal-Mart, since everything else is closed. If you were in Amana on Sunday, you could at least pick up a very nice wool blanket. Just don't be fooled into buying any of the (so-called) wine.

Btw, Amana is German, not Dutch, so we'll have to look forward to that KMart as a mini-Neuschwanstein instead of a windmill.


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