1 401 University Avenue Vacant Brownfield

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Mill City Through Time

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Present:  Currently, Minneapolis is experiencing an era of splintering urbanism.  The airplane in this picture flies over the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, showing how the modern spatial organization of economic globalization is embedded within a region reflective of earlier, more traditional social and economic foundations.  The Mill has undergone selective reinvestment and been transformed into a museum, preserving these more traditional foundations.

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Future:  These luxury Mill City apartments and lofts are home to affluent residents of Minneapolis.  Homer Hoyt’s model of urban structure describes a filtering mechanism– a chain of residential moves initiated by the affluent’s desire for new residential construction.  Although the Mill City apartments and lofts are currently occupied by the affluent, unforeseen housing obsolescence could cause these residents to move in the future, allowing less wealthy residents to take their place.