City on the River

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As a grand finale of the semester, this is a shot of the downtown Minneapolis skyline from one of my favorite angles. In the foreground is the Mississippi River and Central Avenue Bridge, in the back is the central office core of Minneapolis.  With the shear number of construction projects slated to begin construction in early 2019 (most notably the “Eleven”, “Alia”, and “Gateway” towers), this view is bound to change.

The Future

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Segways are being used more and more in present day society. Although these segways were pictured after a segway tour had ended, I believe that they will be used as a common mode of transportation in the future. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they also provide a fun and easy mode of transportation that people may discover to be increasingly desirable.

At the Farmer’s Market

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My classmate, Liam, watches a busker perform a song in Spanish at the Mill City Farmer’s Market. Obviously, the farmer’s market did not and could not have existed in this location 50-100 years ago due to the mill. Changing times comes with the consequence of changing land use patterns. The popularity of a farmer’s market not only suggests past changes in Downtown Minneapolis, but could forebear emerging values in Minneapolis, such as sustainability, diversity, and the importance of small businesses.

West River Parkway

The bike path adjacent to the West River Parkway feels much more traffic-heavy with bikes, Segways, runners, and walkers than the road running alongside it, which I think is a testament to the push in the Twin Cities for more sustainable transportation alternatives. But because cars are still the dominant form of transportation, the bike path along the West River Parkway feels like a landscape helping to create the “emerging future city” by promoting increased bike and foot traffic and hopefully amassing a larger following in the future.

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Green Bins, Green City

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New to the area, I did a double take when I saw these bins, identical to the ones scattered across campus. I knew Macalester strived for sustainability, but I hadn’t known the goal was bigger than the school. The bins seemed to exist comfortably alongside booths labelled “Holistic Health Farms” and the like. The fact that the bins are easily overlooked as commonplace items all the more show me how significant they are. The area, one bin at a time, is becoming a futuristic, sustainable utopia… or at least, it’s trying.