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Photo Friday: Desire Path of the Year

Check this out: streets.mn reader Ben Somogyi can be seen trouncing through the gaping chasm left by students’ smart feet on the grassy grave of Wesbrook Hall at the University of Minnesota. As the picture was taken, an old man remarked to the photographer that “you think they’d know geometry at the University.”

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Friday Photo: What is this thing in downtown Saint Paul?

While I was looking at old aerial photos of Saint Paul for the Then & Now yesterday, I kept noticing this large series of structures just East of the state capitol complex. The picture is from 1957. Does anyone know what this is?

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Friday Photo: It’s Time to Restore Cedar Avenue

Other people have excavated the history of the area, and made the case convincingly, so this post is simply intended as a minor addendum to bolster and keep this worthwhile dream alive: The stretch of Cedar Ave. between 24th st. and Franklin Ave. is the most garbage-strewn place I have ever seen. Most common are shards of […]

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Friday Photo: Residential Storefronts

A few weeks ago a post about a business located inside of a single-family house on Grand Ave in St. Paul wanting to expand out to the sidewalk reminded me how much I like single-family houses with storefronts on them. As far as I can tell, this type of building represents the best of all worlds […]

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Friday Photo – Rendering the Rendering

When most of us see architectural renderings, we go through an automatic process of uncloaking them to create a mental image of what a building or streetscape might actually look like. Renderings are, of course, PR tools–slick representations of best-case scenarios under ideal conditions. Especially in the case of recent proposals for a new development on […]

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Friday Photo – More Roads Please

Two old brick apartment buildings face each other across the 35W trench North of Franklin Ave: I happen to know two friends whose respective apartments in these buildings face one another. So close are these buildings, that when one of them ran out of eggs in the morning, he just texted the other, who tossed him […]

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Friday Photo: A Norway House is not a Norway Home

When I walked up to Franklin Ave. to catch the bus to work last week, this is what I saw: A construction worker filling in windows with bricks at the former Wings Financial Credit Union building. This building, and most of the rest of the property on the entire block, have been acquired by an organization […]

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Monday Photo: Paris vs. Dallas and Mankato

Here is the Tweet seen round the globe, or at least in urbanism circles … streets.mn writer, Matthias Leyrer, went viral two weeks ago with this directed at a co-worker heading to France for holiday (feel free to check it out and RT it some more). This even sparked a clever Google Streetview Mashup (by Ben Lundsten). […]

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