United Crushers!

 

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An old United Crushers mill from an earlier era. A beautiful industrial site (ha!) from the green line station. Stood out to me on first glance because the name is really amusing if you think about it. 

 

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Seemingly Underused Railroad

 

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Something about this railroad struck me when I was walking by. Clearly this railroad was significant at one time, but likely not so much anymore. It seemed an artifact from another time. You can’t see it from this image, but to my right in this picture is an overgrown weed-infestation which would block a train that needed the track. 

 

You can look, but definitely don’t touch!

 

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In love with what this house did with its front yard space. Major eclectic aesthetic sense going on here, and says a lot about who possibly lives in this house. Reminds me of a slightly chaotic but endearing fairy dwelling. Also surprised by households who experiment with our sense of public and private space– a particularly inviting bench only four feet or so from the pavement, but I definitely shouldn’t sit there! 

 

Tiny House

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A tiny house in Prospect Park with a charming rock-laden pathway and patio seating. Otherwise, interesting choices for decor style, especially the branches hanging on the house.  Its vibe stood out from the majority of houses in the neighborhood. 

Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition

Well, this was jarring. There goes that Tetris Hampton Suites complex. Downtown St. Paul, you’ve done it again! The sleekness and newness of it are contrasted starkly with the run-down remains of an older building.

Tetris City Block

Tetris City

Walking around downtown St. Paul, I was struck by the mechanical nature of the buildings and how they complement each other on the blocks. While the architecture is going for that modern aesthetic, it honestly looks character-less and soul-less. Especially on a Saturday afternoon, with no people walking around adds to the austerity of it.

Forgotten Lowertown Alley

Lowertown Lot

I’m not exactly sure if the graffiti-ed “Lowertown Bike Shop” actually exists where it says it does. What stood out to me though is how this particular lot is not a representation of wealth as much of the surrounding newly-renovated Lowertown is. It is perhaps the eyesore of the currently gentrifying neighborhood, at least in the eyes of recent developers and investors.