Minneapolis’s downtown looked particularly drab this morning, as it was pretty cold with not a lot of sunshine. It still wasn’t a bad morning for urban exploration, however.
It was surprising to see just how close the new Vikings stadium was to the rest of its surroundings. It sits very close to other businesses, homes, and community centers, which seems ideal for nobody.
This mural was found in the Little Earth neighborhood in Minneapolis. I had never been here before, so it was interesting to see how a Native American community gathers in an urban setting, when I had believed that most cohesive groups of Native Americans instead chose to live in more isolated groups away from the city.
This is a cool shot of the Mississippi river from the Franklin Ave Bridge. The ice has taken on several colors, giving the river a unique look that adds to the wintery aesthetic of the Twin Cities.
The Saint Paul Hotel is one of the better known buildings in Saint Paul. It’s ivy walls at the base give the building an appeal that harkens back to the turn of the 1900’s.
Saint Paul’s City Hall isn’t a particularly welcoming building. It’s drab style reflects that it was built during the Great Depression, and its location on Kellogg Boulevard is mildly distant from the other important buildings of the area.
The Gazebo in Irving Park makes for a pretty sight at dusk. The neighborhood is unique because it is so close to downtown Saint Paul, including the Minnesota Wild arena.
The new Habitat for Humanity Building on University is just one of many buildings constructed during the planning of the Green Line. The location is so important to the nonprofit because it makes their services accessible to those without cars