When compared to the adjacent Carlton Lofts, the Lyric at Carlton Place does not strike an overly imposing figure. However, it feels somewhat out of place with the low structures of the industrial complex/office park that is across the street. Was the installation of these self-proclaimed “luxury apartments” an attempt to transform the image of this neighborhood? If so, the multiple vacant storefronts across the street have not yet received the memo.
Are nearby businesses feeling the ripples of investment and development from the Selby and Snelling intersection? After the completion of a combined Whole Foods and upscale apartment complex, several other lots in the vicinity are getting a facelift as well. A long-vacant former Starbucks was recently transformed into a new bakery, and within days of each other, two building projects sprung up within spitting distance from each other on opposite sides of Snelling and Hague intersection.
A construction site we saw across from the Mill City Museum – evidence of future (possibly real estate?) development in Minneapolis.
The U.S. Bank Stadium, with its surrounding infrastructure, embodies newness and sleekness with its shiny, multi-faceted, enormous facade. I’ve never felt as though a piece of architecture has made this much of a “statement” – but the U.S. Bank Stadium represents the Twin Cities’ commitment to technological advancement and global recognition.
While I walked around St. Anthony yesterday I saw the the future of transportation. Segways. Dozens, all together, lining the inside of a shop. Right on the other side of the river from the Mill Museum. Only a short time until they’re here in St. Paul.
Graffiti on the inner walls of the area connecting the museum to other buildings
Past: The graffiti reflects the period in the 1990’s, when the industrial complex was largely abandoned to the homeless and wandering. It shows how the purpose of a building can change over time, and has layers of stories and personal experiences. It is a marker of transition from a booming economic prosperity of Minneapolis to an ignored economic area and deteriorated neighborhood. It is a multi-layered, and quite contradicting story. As Cosgrove said, the “landscape as a cultural text… offers the possibility of simultaneous and equally valid different readings” (p.123).
An upward view of the contrast between the old factory building and the modern addition
Present: As our tour guide mentioned, the Minnesota Historical Society has invested time and capital into preserving these historical sites. Not only have they preserved the way they are used, but also the aesthetic and physical purpose. I believe this is a productive way of bring the past and present together, as we are constantly reminded of the wealth of history in the location.
Automatic door activation control next to the entrance of Mill City Museum
Future: Often certain landscape is accessible to some and not others. The reason for exclusion may vary from gender, economic status to physical ability. The door activation control was something that I had not noticed back in New Zealand and Korea, both because I was less conscious of this issue and because there are more inaccessible infrastructure. Especially in Korea, public landscape can be very (physically able) male-dominated. Thus, to look to the future, public landscapes need to more actively represent excluded cultures.
Exposed Wall and Girders Create the Boundaries of the Mill City Museum
This picture allows us to step into the past by showing us the size and building materials used in the early Mills in Minneapolis. The preserved walls and girders stand as a reminder both to the city’s industrial roots and very fire that left this area in ruins. It is a great example of landscape as an artifact, as it is quite literally an artifact of the area’s past.
Outer Wall of Mill City Museum and Surrounding Sidewalk
This picture is a great example of the present because it shows how the area surrounding the old mill has been updated with modern utilities like a bike rack and pedestrian crossing sign and even shows a mini van driving by. I chose this to be an example of landscape as place because the bike racks, restored pedestrian boardwalk and park across the street show how people have designed this place to be a destination and pedestrian friendly.
View of the Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater and Peek-A-Boo view of US Bank Stadium from Stone Arch Bridge
This is an example of the future of the city and the Mill District. The strongest piece of evidence pointing towards the future is the peek-a-boo view of the Minnesota Viking’s new stadium in the background between the Guthrie and the Gold Medal Flour stacks. The bow view of the brand new stadium is a reminder that the city is growing as shiny new buildings are increasingly common. In fifty years, it would be great to take this same picture and see how much the background has filled in with skyline. I chose this photo to be landscape as ideology because of the “bow” jutting into the middle of the picture. The design choice, even if not intentional, of making the Viking’s stadium look like a viking boat only goes to further the ideology of civic ownership and interest in the team.