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.

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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.

Raymond & University

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Pictured here is the intersection of University and Raymond Avenues. I believe this intersection to provide an excellent visual example of the changes taking place along St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor.’ In the image, one can see the light rail, the historic C&E Lofts building, which opened in 2012, as well as a small building where the Naughty Greek is planning on opening a second restaurant.

Irvine Park

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Pictured here are a few of the houses lining Irvine Park. The park was gifted to St. Paul by John Irvine, a pioneer land developer, in 1849, making it one of the oldest parks in St. Paul. Standing near the fountain in the center of the park, I noticed that the James J. Hill House, which was constructed in 1891, overlooks the park. I believe the positioning of the James J. Hill House signifies Irvine Park’s importance in early St. Paul – clearly James J. Hill was attempting to ‘best’ those living around Irvine Park by situating his home so that it ‘looks down’ (via Walnut Street) on the park.

Habitat for Humanity

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Pictured here is the newly constructed Habitat for Humanity building, located at the intersection of Prior and University Avenues, near the Fairview Avenue Light Rail Station. I believe the building itself provides a good example of new construction along the Green Line in St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor.’ Check out this article if you’re interested in learning more about the Habitat for Humanity building and the revival of St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor’ – I found the article relates well to our class discussions.  

Vandalia Square

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Pictured here is the Vandalia Square campus, a unique renovation project located at the intersection of Vandalia Street and Wabash Avenue, just south of University Avenue. I believe the campus itself, which includes a brewery, office space, multiple artist studios, and a co creation space, to be an excellent example of renovation projects and reinvestment initiatives taking place within St. Paul’s ‘Central Corridor.’

Forgotten Trolley

An attempt to preserve the past lies in the construction of the Union Depot, as well as the very intentional placement of artifacts like this trolley, which exist simply for aesthetic purposes. This trolley has clearly been renovated, and is not used as it once one, paralleling the empty space around it. union