Allianz Field from the West

The new stadium looks about finished!  How will it change its neighborhood?

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Adventure in the everyday passageway

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When crossing the Minneapolis skyways, the complete window coverage on either side and the signs with an image of water as their background give off the feeling that one is walking through an aquarium tunnel or a river. For corporate workers walking through these corridors on their way to lunch or their car, I would imagine that this would attach a sense of adventure and grandeur to what could be just a routine convenience.

Continuing success of a growth machine

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When trying to justify the expense and disruption of megaprojects, many point to large events that draw outside visitors and capital. The costly and visually imposing US Bank Stadium was celebrated for drawing tens of thousands of visitors to attend the 2018 Super Bowl, and, according to the large sign on the side of the stadium, many more spectators can be expected next year at the NCAA Final Four.

An acceptable use of public space?

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We have discussed extensively how “public” actual public spaces are in class. In the Commons in Downtown Minneapolis, there is a sculpture that clearly resembles something one would find children climbing on at a playground. Without a sign to guide us, it was entirely possible that we were scaling something that was meant to be art, not a play structure. However, there was no indication that this was an inappropriate use of public space, so was this an acceptable way to interact with this object? We may never know…

Appropriate use of public space?

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We have discussed extensively how “public” actual public spaces are in class. In the Commons in Downtown Minneapolis, there is a sculpture that clearly resembles something one would find children climbing on at a playground. Without a sign to guide us, it was entirely possible that we were scaling something that was meant to be art, not a play structure. However, there was no indication that this was an inappropriate use of public space, so was this an acceptable way to interact with this object? We may never know…

Slip ‘n Slide

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I forget sometimes, on our perfectly manicured campus, that other sidewalks are not always so well cleared.  To be fair to this patch, it wasn’t really that bad and was most likely an outlier among its surroundings because of being on a bridge.  However, it still made life interesting.  I thought I was going down at one point.

A Kenwood Home

We visited kenwood twice on our field adventure, once accidentally and once on purpose. While there, we noted the large lots and large, modern homes. For technically being part of the metro area, it sure felt like a rich suburb.

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.