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Old May 30th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #21
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Love the photos. Any chance at getting some summer time shots with trees full of leaves and vibrant outdoor activity?
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Old May 31st, 2012, 04:47 AM   #22
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There will be but I haven't gotten to them yet. I am posting the photos in chronological order starting at the beginning of the year. I have some spring photos to post and will obviously take some summer ones when I have the opportunity.

These are summer shots from last year:

Minneapolis - city and nature
Minneapolis, St Paul and the St Croix valley
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Old July 31st, 2012, 01:37 AM   #23
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I haven't posted in this thread for a long while but I have a bit of free time to start again.



February - here is a typical residential street in Whittier:

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Minneapolis is known as the city of lakes due to a chain of lakes that runs through the heart of the city. This is a great thing for a city to have.



The Uptown neighborhood is south of downtown sandwiched between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun to the west and Whitter to the east. In the early 20th century when it was being developed it was the high rent district. By the '80s it had become a bohemian area. This is where Prince lived before he was a star, and where the cities punk rock and post punk scenes were based. Since then it has started to slowly gentrify. However, in Minneapolis the price spread between upscale and downscale apartments is small so the pace of gentrification is glacial. Like I said earlier in the thread Uptown today is a mix of yuppies, hipsters, douchebags, freaks and regular people.

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Not everybody likes Ron Paul:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 01:44 AM   #24
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A shot of the skyline over a frozen Lake of the Isles:

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There has a significant amount of infill development in the city in recent years. A while back I made a photothread dedicated to it which can be seen here. These are all affordable housing in Phillips which is the poorest part of the south side:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 01:57 AM   #25
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Stevens Square is a tiny residential neighborhood immediately south of downtown and north of Whittier. As recently as 15 years ago it was a ghetto. It isn't gentrified per se, but as the crime rate has dropped in the city as a whole this area has become a much nicer place to live so it is now drawing a wider demographic. It is the densest residential neighborhood in the Midwest outside of Chicago although you can't really tell from this photo. I will post more of Stevens Square later.

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I take nearly all of my people shots Downtown or in Uptown. These are from Downtown:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 02:01 AM   #26
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These are from Uptown:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 07:00 AM   #27
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The Mississippi River, Minneapolis is on the left, St Paul is on the right:

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The region is in the process of building a light rail line to connect the two downtowns. In St Paul the line runs down University Avenue until it gets to downtown. University is an old streetcar commercial corridor. In the 1960s and '70s parts of it became very run down while other parts were redeveloped with strip malls and big box stores. It has bits and pieces of good urbanism but not in a cohesive form. With the LRT under construction it is already starting to get some urban style infill, once the line is complete I would expect this area to take off with development.



Here is a bit of University Ave in the Midway neighborhood. The neighborhood gets its' name from the fact that it is half way between the two downtowns. This is the Snelling Ave Station:

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This is near the Raymond Ave Station:

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Here is some of Midway outside of University Ave:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 07:07 AM   #28
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Farther east along University Ave is Frogtown. Frogtown is the poorest neighborhood in St Paul. In terms of race it is a mixed area but the largest group are Hmong from Laos. St Paul has the largest concentration of urban Hmong in the US and this part of University Ave is their main commercial strip.

The Western Ave Station will be here, that is the state capitol at the end of University:

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The Dale St Station will be here:

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More University Avenue in Frogtown:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 07:13 AM   #29
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Some photos of the rest of Frogtown:

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Rice St is another main commercial street in the neighborhood:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 07:31 AM   #30
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Some photos of downtown Minneapolis during a late February rain/snow storm:

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The Nicollet Mall is a pedestrian and transit mall downtown. It is the cities' main street and is usually very bustling. This is the emptiest I have ever seen it:

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One random shot of the Lynnhurst neighborhood in the southwestern corner of Minneapolis:

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Old July 31st, 2012, 12:47 PM   #31
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Good to see you posting again. The winters there look very cold indeed.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:51 AM   #32
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I'm glad I have time to post again, things were pretty hectic for a while. It is funny you should say that about the winter. By local standards last winter was the mildest most of have ever seen. If you want to see what Minneapolis looks like during a severe winter you should check out the theads I did two years ago:

Minneapolis - darkness and light
South Minneapolis -cruel January
Snowpocalypse II in Minneapolis
Minneapolis - frozen and thawing
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Old August 1st, 2012, 12:11 PM   #33
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Some great photo threads there; I particularly liked the last one on the thaw: beautiful light and colour.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:35 PM   #34
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Very interesting!
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Old August 7th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #35
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Thanks for the comments.

Now for some photos from March.

Minneapolis has a very good park system, in terms of the percentage of city land devoted to parks it is surpassed only by New York and San Francisco among larger cities in the US. Obviously the chain of lakes is the cornerstone of the system but it has some other nice parks as well. One of my favorites is Minnehaha Park. It is named for Minnehaha Creek which drains the chain of lakes and Minnehaha Falls. As the creek enters the Mississippi River gorge it forms the waterfall that is the centerpiece of the park. Beyond the falls there is a large forested ravine and then the Mississippi.

First the falls, they are around 55 feet, doing a rough metric conversion in my head I think that is around 18 meters. This is probably the ugliest time of year to photograph the falls.

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The view from the top of the falls:

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Most people go to the park to see the falls, the forest beyond it is often relatively empty. If you go on a weekday in March you can have the whole thing to yourself and forget you are in a city.

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There are beavers in the park:

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This is where the creek enters the Mississippi:

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Old August 7th, 2012, 10:14 AM   #37
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Nice! But why is vthat neighborhood called Frogtown?
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nice shots of the twin cities.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 07:17 PM   #40
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Thanks for the comments.

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Nice! But why is vthat neighborhood called Frogtown?
It was built on a drained swamp. For the first few years after it was developed it was full of frogs.
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