Archive | September, 2013

Then & Now: St. Anthony Pottery, 808-810 Marshall Northeast, Minneapolis. (1897/2013)

Established by Louis Kampff in August of 1857, St. Anthony Pottery was probably the earliest earthenware plant in Minnesota. This building was built in 1860, and was still being used as a residence by one of Kampff’s sons as recently as 1947. Most of the area now is a parking area for the many industrial […]

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Vote No for Mayor of Minneapolis

I kid, but only sort of. Not a single candidate at the Mayor’s forum yesterday convinced me Minneapolis is ready to move from good to great urban design. The forum, sponsored by AIA Minnesota and ULI Minnesota and held at International Market Square, was a chance for candidates Cherryhomes, Hodges, Winton, Samuels, Fine, Andrew and Woodruff […]

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Then & Now: West Broadway and North 3rd St

A pair of street-level images of the same spot in North Minneapolis. The first is courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society, c. 1953. The second is the same spot taken last year, by erstwhile tumblr’r (and former podcast guest) Paul Merrill. Note the complete removal of pretty much everything. (Also, it’s worth noting that I’m not […]

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Proof of Concept: the Effects of Paint

On my bike commute Wednesday morning, I reached the bottom of Lowry Hill to find a surprise — new bike lanes! It’s on a stretch of road just west of the Walker that I’ve always found awkwardly wide.  Is it two lanes?  One wide lane and parking? Magically, now it was clear what to do, […]

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Friday Photo – Aerial Edition

Good aerial photos can be hard to come by. They’re often obstructed by wings or clouds or Instagram. Sure there’s satellite imagery, but I’m talking about deliberately framed photos, that give you a sense of place. That’s why I found these photos by Lucie Maru particularly striking. They offer a rare glimpse of the city […]

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Flashback 1970s: Stacked Mobile Homes

SkyeRise Terrace, located a few minutes north of St. Paul, was the nation’s first multi-level mobile home park. It inspired imitations across the country, including a particularly ugly project in Mankato derisively nicknamed “Tornado Towers.” SkyeRise Terrace lasted only a couple years. The project failed, at least in part, because its water pumps were unable […]

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A Minnehaha Avenue for All

A rebuilt Minnehaha Avenue should be a street for all users.  Another set of public meetings is happening next week, where Hennepin County will present revised designs for the street. One version will contain on-street bicycle lanes (somewhat similar to the current iteration), another a separated cycletrack option. Yet there seems to be a gulf […]

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MN Raptor Center Fall Raptor Release: Fly like a (rehabilitated) eagle.

If you’ve been following Lollipopolis.com at all, you probably know that I’m a big fan of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and its public spring and fall raptor releases. Well, guess what’s happening this Saturday? At 11 am and 2 pm see happy rehabilitated birds of prey be released into the wild and fly off […]

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