Minneapolis Lakes

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While passing through the Lake of the Isles area, I wonder who has access to this seemingly public space?

An empty park

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This huge park across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts was nearly vacant when passing during the field study. Whenever I have been in this area, I have consistently noticed that the park is always pretty empty, but have never thought much of it. Thinking about it now from the perspective of an urban geographer, I wonder who really has access to this space, and if it could be used in a more effective way.

Midtown Greenway

FullSizeRender 3While passing through this area, I noticed the Midtown Greenway expanding over the road, making me wonder what sort of impact this mega bikeway has had on this area specifically, and Minneapolis more broadly and if any gentrification has occurred due to its presence.

Three phases of development

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Although the photo is a bit unclear (because it was difficult to get all the elements of the landscape into one shot) the far right corner is a colonial building in the Irvine Park area. This last house overlooks train tracks, and across the other side, there is new apartments being developed. Seeing these three different sites of development, all at different times, was enlightening, combining many sectors of history and economy into one frame.

Engraved sculpture, city hall

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While exploring St. Paul City Hall, I found this engraving near the back entrance of the Art Deco building to be quite intriguing. A women is surrounding by some central tenets of what people designing this building, or more likely the government, wanted St. Paul to be hinged on. That includes commerce, law and order, and education. The visual identity of these topics are all interesting in the engraving.

Oyster Fest St. Paul

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I happened upon Oyster Fest, St. Paul. This event, taking up a small plaza in downtown St. Paul, used oysters to bring people together to eat food and explore booths of various nonprofits. An interesting way to bring life and community to help revitalize the downtown area on a Saturday.

Cobblestone

The threshold between the cobblestone street and the paved street of Virginia Avenue. This street borders the Virginia Street Church built in the 1880’s. This intersection shows the link of the past and the present, and how the landscape has changed to accommodate modern life. image4