Friday Photo – Multiplicity

What’s one of the most annoying things for people who care about urbanism? The fact that normal people don’t even notice it. But a photograph creates an aesthetic object which invites scrutiny. The more banal the photograph, the better. One is confronted directly with something that would ordinarily be background noise. I imagine someone looking at a photograph of a typical contemporary urban landscape in the U.S. and, finding it ugly, having an epiphany: “My God, that’s practically the whole country! What have we done?” One can dream.

By the same token, the more photographs there are of one place, the more we know about it. So this week I’ve decided to share sets of multiple photographs of the same place.

The BIG K-Mart

Lake St. BIG K-Mart.


Lake St. K-Mart 10 years later.

K-mart birds

What a coincidence, the parking lot wasn’t full in any of those three pictures!


This is a rather charitable view of Hiawatha Ave. & 26th St.

Here is my own bleak vision of the same intersection, looking South. I would be standing just about in the middle of the first photo.

2012-06-11 at 08-43-07


94. Cars using roads to travel from building to building. The future is now.

Minneapolis Skyway 32.jpg


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3 Responses to Friday Photo – Multiplicity

  1. David Levinson
    David Levinson October 25, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    35W should read 94 (Mississippi River Bridge)

  2. Joe Scott
    Joe Scott October 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Right you are – fixed in the post.

  3. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke October 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    those skyway walkers sure look happy! (j/k they look like zomies.)

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