There aren't many outward signs of life in the hulking old Sears complex at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in south Minneapolis. Grass sprouts through the parking-lot asphalt. Since Sears abandoned the 72-year-old site at the end of 1994, graffiti artists with no fear of heights have left their marks on the brown bricks high up on the main building. An American flag flaps atop the tower. A sign facing Lake Street touts the redevelopment of the complex as the Great Lake Center and lists the numerous government agencies that have lined up to help fund the $100 million project, which is to encompass a whopping 1.9 million square feet in the... More >>>