The City of MPLS sent out a news release yesterday soliciting landscape architects to design the two-block green space going next to the new Vikings stadium, the area formerly known as The Yard. As we’ve previously mentioned, The Yard has had some big time problems getting going. First there’s the issue of the money—earlier this year former Mayor Rybak let everyone know that all the funds haven’t been raised yet. Rybak also let everyone know that The Yard’s access was in question, since the Vikings and MN Sports Authority can have the space for at least two months’ worth of days. Then the MPLS Park Board balked at managing the huge space because it’s technically not even a city park. Yeesh. Well, in troubled times, rebrand. Yesterday’s new release subtly switched name of The Yard to The Commons, which we actually like better. And even though the project has been ridiculous, reading through the City’s design guidelines gives us hope that they might just pull off a new Millennium Park in Chicago-like park in downtown.