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Kozy Fire III: The Building That Refused to Burn (Down).

What’s up with people trying to burn down the Kozy? Anyway, I wasn’t all that surprised to come upon the eerily familiar site of firetrucks flanking the decrepit shell of our beloved Kozy last night. In retrospect: WTF??? Does anyone else think that restoring the property (NOT to its 2010 condition, silly!!), and making it a hub for the new/improved, swinging (yet still fringe) First St. business district is a good idea? Bring on the snide remarks (Constructive comments are also welcome.).

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  1. Pretty sure the cozy is kept in its current condition as a “Fuck you” to the city. Not sure though.

    Conrad | Apr 7, 2012 | New Comment
  2. I totally agree that the Kozy should be restored and in making it a hub for the new/improved, swinging (yet still fringe) First St. business district. I’ve seen buildings in worse shape and in what were rougher neighborhoods in St. Paul and Minneapolis restored in just such a way, and it was well worth the effort.

    Bret | Apr 7, 2012 | New Comment
  3. @Conrad:I’m pretty sure there is a lot of misinformation regarding: the status of the Kozy, its stunted restoration campaign, and the relationship between Eric Ringsred and the city of Duluth. It’s unfortunate because I feel like a bunch of people who share a similar vision of a new/improved 1st St, which the Kozy is an essential part of, might be able to help the process along somehow. I know this is citizens-take-action 101 stuff, but until enough (and the right) people know a better Kozy/future is possible- until they can imagine it- it can’t become a reality.

    brautigan | Apr 7, 2012 | New Comment
  4. p.s. Thanks, Bret, for the encouragement.

    brautigan | Apr 7, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Let’s start this movement.

    Bret | Apr 7, 2012 | New Comment
  6. Needs a Sugar Daddy (or Momma) to go forward

    Carla | Apr 9, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Would be nice if Sherman and Associates bought it…

    Terry G. | Apr 9, 2012 | New Comment
  8. It would be extra nice if someone like Sherman and Associates bought it directly from Ringsred.

    TimK | Apr 9, 2012 | New Comment
  9. Duluth police: Arson suspect identified in Kozy fire

    The article doesn’t cite the suspect’s name, but he is apparently a 55-year-old homeless male who was, at some point, a resident of the building.

    Barrett Chase | Apr 11, 2012 | New Comment

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