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The Fake Fifth Avenue is surrounded by minimally designed business buildings and living condos. The shop itself also presents modern and minimally designed clothing, conveying the same modernistic ideology.


Sorry I had too much work this week and got confused by the deadlines of the photo assignment.


The newly established stadiums are the products of the revitalization of a city’s growth machine. The stadiums interact with other parts of the city both economically and physically. They benefit from the city overall, and the money is then refunded to the surrounding areas (supposedly).

Old milling factory

An old milling site established back in time. As milling industry gets transported from the CBD to the nearby junction of highway and other forms of transportation, in addition to the downsizing of the milling industry in Minneapolis, the building is abandoned. Yet, due to its historical significance, as a symbol of the city’s glorified business triumph, the building was preserved and used as workshops and studios for modern artists since its massive size and empty room inside allow huge flexibility for artists to customize their working environment.WeChat Image_20181103173657

Outliers of the Edgecumbe Surrounding

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The white building in the image above has a hipped roof and tall free-standing columns in addition to its full-height porches. These features show its architectural style to be Early Classical Revival, which should belong to a time frame from 1780 to 1830. However, it turned out this building was built under the instruction by Clarence H. Johnston Sr. in 1928. The features of the house are quite an outlier comparing to its time.

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The yellow house shown in the graph is also an outlier. Its hipped roof and columned porch indicate it is more like a Greek Revival style, dating from 1820 to 1860. However, in reality, it was constructed in 1926. The only building existed when the whole area was planned in 1928. For this particular building, there are two balconies built later on the sides, and another garage expansion on the left. The conjunction material in the walls, though covered in paints, is still recognizable. The house owner refused my request to ask some quick questions. Still, the garage expansion indicates that by the time the house was built, the garage was not yet a consideration, meaning this house was either in the early stage of the recreational auto era or in the streetcar era, or later updates changed the location of the garage for some reasons.

Edgecumbe: A Planned Neighborhood

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This image is a city planning map of east to Edgecumbe Avenue back in 1928. Everything with the little box means they have been constructed. The map shows clearly that back in 1928, Edgecumbe neighborhood did not exist. This help to date the neighborhood back in that time. In addition, The unfinished Highland Parkway and the later constructed 5th Highway indicate that Edgecumbe might undertake some update in the 50s.

MCM Past, Present and Now.


In the past, during the age of railways, trains were the primary method of transportation for heavy cargos. That was what shaped the landscape and city distribution of Minneapolis back in the mid-1800s. Now, concrete has covered the trace of these old rail tracts, but the metal interface is still visible until today at some part in the city.


Modernism design is what shaped Minneapolis significantly today. With minimum decoration (the building on the left-hand side), large window and rectangular building blocks, modernism architecture has defined most of the latest constructed Minneapolis areas, with some blend in with postmodernism and colonial revival, which was the leftover of late 19th century.


The US Bank Stadium was opened in 2016. And there are still a few more stadium being constructed in the Twin City, like the Minneapolis United Stadium. These stadiums are no longer just for sport events like decades ago. Now, they also host shows and other forms of public entertainment. With the trend of public entertainment, we should see more of them emerge in the Twin City in the next decade, and the existing ones will be more effectively used gradually as this city evolves.