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Old November 22nd, 2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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21st century Minneapolis | infill and development

I though it would be interesting to do a thread on the recent construction in the city. Originally I was going to try to photograph everything built since 2000 but I have come to realize that would be a large and daunting project because there are a lot of smaller developments spread throughout the city. So I am going to post what I have so far and then add to it periodically as I accumulate more photos. I have also included the neighborhood that the photos were taken in to give an idea of where everything is.

The Carlyle - Downtown

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The Guthrie - Mill District

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The Guthrie, the Zenith, and Gold Medal Park - Mill District

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Minneapolis Central Library - Downtown

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Target Field - Warehouse District

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The Walker Art Center addition - Lowry Hill

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Bookmen Stacks - Warehouse District

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Track 29 - Uptown

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Murals of Lynlake - Uptown

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Blue - Uptown

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Uptown Lake Apartments - Uptown

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The Lake St streetscape with Blue and Uptown Lake Apartments

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29th and Bryant Ave S - Uptown

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Lumen on Lagoon - Uptown

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Solhem - Uptown

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The Edgewater - Uptown

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The Uptown Apple Store

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Le Parisien - Uptown

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The Artist's Quarter Lofts - Whittier

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The Greenleaf Lofts - Whittier

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Eat Street Flats - Whittier

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The Franklin Avenue streetscape

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Hotel Ivy (front) - Downtown

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Hotel Ivy (side)

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Hilton Garden Inn - Downtown

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The Skyscape - Elliot Park

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Grant Park - Elliot Park

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The Mill District City Apartments - Mill District

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St Anthony Mills Apartments - Mill District

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A Loft Hotel (with the Zenith and Bridgewater Lofts) - Mill District

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Bridgewater Lofts (Washington Avenue side) - Mill District

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Bridgewater Lofts (2nd Avenue side)

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2nd Avenue with the Mill City Museum, the Washburn A Mill, Humboldt Lofts, the Guthrie and St Anthony Mills Apartments

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Portland Avenue between 2nd and Washington - Mill District

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MacPhail Center for Music - Mill District

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Uptown Row - Uptown

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Village Lofts - Northeast

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101 Main Street - Northeast

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101 Main Street and Village Lofts - Northeast

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The Cobalt - Northeast

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Phoenix on the River - Northeast

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Flour Sack Flats - Northeast

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Stone Arch Apartments - Northeast

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Mill City Museum - Mill District

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Metropolitan Lofts - Mill District

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200 Park Avenue - Mill District

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Target Headquarters - Downtown

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3310 Nicollet - Lyndale

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1st Ave South at 35th St - Lyndale

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Nicollet Square - Kingsfield

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The Eitel - Loring Park

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Old November 22nd, 2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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Amazing city! Just beautiful! Thanks for nice pictures and greetings from France
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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Thank you for this interesting tour! I am surprised to see so much dense 3-6 storey buildings that look like typical European urban architecture. I wouldn´t have expected to find so much of this kind of architecture in an American city. Nice to see that US cities seem to become more dense and urban in the last years.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing!
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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Great post. I'm jealous of the brick. MSP was already a good city before all this, and now it looks even better.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 06:16 AM   #6
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nice shots and nice designs of those midrises.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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Can't wait for additional updates, Som! You make our city look awesome.

You should also consider covering 21st century St. Paul developments, too. I don't think that one would be quite as daunting a project as Minneapolis, but interesting nonetheless.
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Old November 25th, 2011, 08:52 AM   #8
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Thanks for the comments.

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Thank you for this interesting tour! I am surprised to see so much dense 3-6 storey buildings that look like typical European urban architecture. I wouldn´t have expected to find so much of this kind of architecture in an American city. Nice to see that US cities seem to become more dense and urban in the last years.
In the late 90s the Minneapolis zoning code was changed to force developers to build "new urbanist" style developments, essentially going back to the way the city was built before WWII. Minneapolis proper is currently going through a bit of a building boom, over the last 5 years it has seen more construction than any of the suburbs and seems to be where the demand is these days. Most of the buildings pictured here were built on sites that were previously surface parking, vacant lots, strip malls, convenience stores and the like. The city is healing itself after the mistakes that were made in the post war era. Another 20 years of this and it will be significantly more urban.

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You should also consider covering 21st century St. Paul developments, too. I don't think that one would be quite as daunting a project as Minneapolis, but interesting nonetheless.
I was planning on doing St Paul, but I want to do Minneapolis first. There is some good stuff over there too.

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Old November 25th, 2011, 10:29 AM   #9
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I remember with love the rush nights at Hannepin Ave.
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Old November 25th, 2011, 10:39 AM   #10
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Great shots from Minneapolis and thanks for sharing them
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Old November 28th, 2011, 11:54 AM   #11
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Thanks for the comments. I went down to the Warehouse District today with the intention of shooting the condo developments from the last 10 years. Instead I mostly took some more photos of Target Field. It is hard to capture all of it in one photo but I think it will go down as one of the classic baseball stadiums of this era (I may be biased).

O'Donovans (top half is new) - Warehouse District

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Target Field - Warehouse District

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Target Field commuter rail station

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Target Field mural - "Sustainability reborn"

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Target Field mural - "A history of Minnesota baseball"

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Target Field mural - "Transit then and now"

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Hiawatha Line LRT - Target Field Station

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Graves 601 Hotel - Warehouse District

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Old November 28th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #12
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Thanks for sharing your awesome pics from Minneapolis...
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Old November 28th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #13
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Great pictures of what I think is an underrated city. There should be more threads like this.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 05:52 PM   #14
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Thanks for the comments.



In the late 90s the Minneapolis zoning code was changed to force developers to build "new urbanist" style developments, essentially going back to the way the city was built before WWII. Minneapolis proper is currently going through a bit of a building boom, over the last 5 years it has seen more construction than any of the suburbs and seems to be where the demand is these days. Most of the buildings pictured here were built on sites that were previously surface parking, vacant lots, strip malls, convenience stores and the like. The city is healing itself after the mistakes that were made in the post war era. Another 20 years of this and it will be significantly more urban.
I am delighted to read this.

I was commenting in another thread by an American, who did a great photo-tour of his trip to England, and he made it sound like American cities were too far gone to be 'rescued' from the post-WWII Robert Moses influenced urban planning, which basically meant accommodating the car at the expense of the human-scale, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly city, which Jane Jacobs wrote so critically about. It seems that Minneapolis has taken the challenge, embraced new urbanism and is succeeding. Wonderful news and a great photothread.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 06:33 PM   #15
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Old November 29th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #16
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I am delighted to read this.

I was commenting in another thread by an American, who did a great photo-tour of his trip to England, and he made it sound like American cities were too far gone to be 'rescued' from the post-WWII Robert Moses influenced urban planning, which basically meant accommodating the car at the expense of the human-scale, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly city, which Jane Jacobs wrote so critically about. It seems that Minneapolis has taken the challenge, embraced new urbanism and is succeeding. Wonderful news and a great photothread.
The city of Minneapolis has really embraced new urbanism as has St Paul (more recently). However the suburbs are a different matter. The inner ones that were built prior to 1980 or so were built on the city grid, they are mostly single family houses but they have sidewalks and their retail is also on the grid. They could easily be made denser if the demand and will existed and are not all that disfunctional in urban terms. The newer suburbs are a planning mess and will probably never be able to be fixed. The central cities were built before WW II so they have proper urban form, their main issues were with abandonment and poorly planned redevelopment in the post war era, especially in commercial corridors where suburban style developments were allowed in formerly urban areas, this is what is being fixed now.

Today I focused on the area where southwest Minneapolis meets Edina which is an older, monied inner ring suburb. Mostly I photographed the commercial node around the intersection of 50th St and France Ave which is on the border of the city and serves as the neighborhood downtown for both Edina and the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis. This area was originally one of small shops fronting the street, after WWII some of the shops were torn down to build strip malls. It has been largely rebuilt in the last 10 years with urban style developments replacing strip malls.

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One corner of the intersection still has the original early 20th century storefronts:

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This is a tiny infill project in Minneapolis proper:

Fulton Lofts - Fulton

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Old November 30th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #17
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Nice pics, progressive modern looking U.S. city. I've heard a lot of good things about Minneapolis, its nice to see it pictures. Great example of urban redevelopment!

P.S. Awesome Ballpark!
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Old December 19th, 2011, 09:20 AM   #18
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Some new photos:

Downtown Target

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Kenwood Parkway - Lowry Hill

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Greenleaf Apartments - Uptown

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Lyndale Ave with the Greenleaf Apartments and the Murals of Lynlake

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Nicollet Mall LRT station - Downtown

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Hennepin Ave LRT station - Downtown

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5th Avenue Lofts - Warehouse District

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710 Lofts - Warehouse District

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720 Lofts - Warehouse District

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730 Lofts - Warehouse District

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The Saxon Building - Warehouse District

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212 Lofts - Warehouse District

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Old December 19th, 2011, 07:23 PM   #19
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Does anyone else get pissed about sandwich boards in the middle of the sidewalk? Personally I move ones like that to the side, and if it keeps going I get the City to enforce the law.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 09:32 PM   #20
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