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Mint Plaza, Dashed Hopes?

The restaurants haven't even opened down on Jessie Street, but there's already discussion about the big picture of Mint Plaza: "Since the restaurants are still being built and the Old Mint won't open as a civic museum until 2011 - if that - Mint Plaza's mostly empty except for plastic orange chairs. It's too early to say if this is a beachhead of cool or a case of dashed hopes." Right now, Gavin Newsom is wondering why exactly he gave that inaugural address. [Chron]