2 thoughts on “Friday Photo – Fairbault, Minnesota

  1. Matty LangMatty Lang

    Ah yes, the home of the Tilt-a-Whirl (featured on a mural in the tourist video) where I happened to grow up. Faribault does have a lot going for it and it’s good to see that the local chamber of commerce seems to understand what is desirable about it due to what’s shown in the promotional video, namely downtown and some of the old neighborhoods surrounding it.

    Like many other small towns, Faribault also has a highway oriented area (the west side) with big boxes, auto dealerships, gas stations, and a dying indoor mall, where I spent a lot of time as a child during the 80s when I wasn’t riding my bike downtown and getting it stolen after leaving it unlocked outside of Jupiter. Also, just before I finished elementary school the city decided to demolish its close to downtown junior high school in favor of a sprawling new campus on the south edge of town bordering farm land. I’m not certain, but I believe they’ve also consolidated public elementary schools into a large complex on the eastern edge of town replacing all of the neighborhood based schools preventing the opportunity for most to walk or bike to school.

    Again, I’m glad that the chamber doesn’t see these parts of Faribault as marketable assets. Very nice shot of Central Avenue by David.

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