In Bjorn Skogquist's dysfunctional Anoka things often become arbitrary and capricious. Compare Gould Jewelry and CVS, two projects proposed for 7th and Main.
One is now built: Gould Jewelry Store.
- The other one, a CVS store, is finally in the process of going forward.
Gould had a dream. But family jewelry stores are going the way of the dinosaur. Witness Hoff and J. B. Hudson Jewelry stores.
- CVS had a market study.
Gould's project was granted changes in zoning and several variances.
- CVS, (SuperAmerica-site owned by local family, the Dehn's), could have gone ahead and built their project with no special dispensations (ie. variances, zoning changes, etc.). They were stopped by a moratorium.
And today Gould has boulders strewn in the sidewalks (not in any approved site plan). A backwards fence (illegal). And the building is unfinished.
Gould hosted events for both of Mayor Bjorn Skogquist's non-profits.
- CVS and the Dehn family only had signatures of scores of mere Anoka residents.
There's never been a good old boy like Bjorn.