Park & Franklin

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Pictured above is an apartment building located just west of the intersection of Park and Franklin Avenues. As one can see, the building is currently being restored. I imagine that the building will likely be converted into apartments – which I believe may be an indicator that the surrounding area is either currently gentrifying, or will gentrify in the new future. Given the neighborhood’s relative proximity to downtown Minneapolis and Uptown, development in the neighborhood is hardly surprising.

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Public Art?

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Pictured here is a public plaza located at the intersection of South 5th Street and the newly redeveloped Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. As you can see, when I visited, there was a construction crew working to install a blade from a wind turbine – presumably a ‘public’ art piece sponsored by Xcel Energy, which is located on the northern side of the plaza. I found this plaza, and nearby Nicollet Mall, to be a good example of practical application of some of the design criteria noted in the documentary we watched (look at all the space for seating!).

Catering to the Millennial Lifestyle

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Pictured here are a row of market rate apartment buildings along the Greenway in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Wandering around Uptown, I noticed many ‘textbook examples’ of gentrification and/or trademarks of the millennial lifestyle: middle-high end retail shops (H&M, Urban Outfitters, Apple, etc.), middle-high end apartments, fitness/yoga studios, mini retail chains (mini Target, corner W by Walgreens, etc.), fusion restaurants, and chic coffee shops.

Changes in the Skyline

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Pictured here is the Minneapolis skyline as seen from Witch’s Hat Tower in the Prospect Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis. In the foreground (behind the brick school building) is Stadium Village, where one can see the current construction of a 20 story luxury apartment building. I believe the construction of this building, as well as many of those around it, is an example of “warm area development” along the Green Line. It will be interesting to see how this type of development impacts the greater Prospect Park neighborhood, which boasts a mix of light industrial buildings and single family homes. I imagine property along and near the Green Line will continue to develop, while the more residential areas of the neighborhood may fight development in an effort to maintain a ‘neighborhood feel.’

Raymond & University

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Pictured here is the intersection of University and Raymond Avenues. I believe this intersection to provide an excellent visual example of the changes taking place along St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor.’ In the image, one can see the light rail, the historic C&E Lofts building, which opened in 2012, as well as a small building where the Naughty Greek is planning on opening a second restaurant.

Irvine Park

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Pictured here are a few of the houses lining Irvine Park. The park was gifted to St. Paul by John Irvine, a pioneer land developer, in 1849, making it one of the oldest parks in St. Paul. Standing near the fountain in the center of the park, I noticed that the James J. Hill House, which was constructed in 1891, overlooks the park. I believe the positioning of the James J. Hill House signifies Irvine Park’s importance in early St. Paul – clearly James J. Hill was attempting to ‘best’ those living around Irvine Park by situating his home so that it ‘looks down’ (via Walnut Street) on the park.

Habitat for Humanity

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Pictured here is the newly constructed Habitat for Humanity building, located at the intersection of Prior and University Avenues, near the Fairview Avenue Light Rail Station. I believe the building itself provides a good example of new construction along the Green Line in St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor.’ Check out this article if you’re interested in learning more about the Habitat for Humanity building and the revival of St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor’ – I found the article relates well to our class discussions.  

Vandalia Square

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Pictured here is the Vandalia Square campus, a unique renovation project located at the intersection of Vandalia Street and Wabash Avenue, just south of University Avenue. I believe the campus itself, which includes a brewery, office space, multiple artist studios, and a co creation space, to be an excellent example of renovation projects and reinvestment initiatives taking place within St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor.’