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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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A phototour of the Minneapolis-St Paul central corridor LRT route part 1

For the last month I have been working on documenting the route of the central corridor LRT block by block (more or less). When completed it will connect Downtown Minneapolis to Downtown St Paul which are about 15 kilometers apart. I am about half way done and have a lot of photos so it seemed like a good idea to do it in two parts. The tour starts at Target Field Station in the Minneapolis Warehouse District and will eventually end at Union Station in Lowertown, St Paul. This part ends at Vandalia Avenue is St Paul which is between the Raymond Avenue Station and the Fairview Avenue Station. All these photos were taken on Sunday afternoons so there wern't very many people out (Sunday afternoon in the Fall is football time in the US). In downtown Minneapolis the line will share the same tracks as the Hiawatha line so that part is already up and running.

The Green Line - Minneapolis St Paul central corridor



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Hennepin/Warehouse District Station

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Nicollet Mall Station

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Government Plaza Station

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Downtown East/Metrodome Station

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The Hiawatha Line and Central Line seperate

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West Bank Station

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Washington Avenue Bridge

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East Bank Station

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Stadium Village Station

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Prospect Park Station

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Turning onto University Avenue

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Westgate Station

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Raymond Avenue Station

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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:53 AM   #2
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nice photos of the twins.
so what's the distance between them?
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 07:45 AM   #3
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nice photos of the twins.
so what's the distance between them?
You mean between Minneapolis and St. Paul? The downtown areas are approximately 8.5 miles apart.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:11 AM   #4
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nice photo tour...
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:09 PM   #5
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Great, very nice photo tour from Minneapolis
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Very nice shots!
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 07:54 PM   #7
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Wow , looks like the Developers didn't wait for the LRT to finish construction they startered there developments ahead of it.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 09:00 PM   #8
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I wonder if apartments near LRT stops are pricier than apartments which are more far away?
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Old November 25th, 2012, 06:39 AM   #9
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Thanks for the comments everybody.

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Wow , looks like the Developers didn't wait for the LRT to finish construction they startered there developments ahead of it.
The Twin Cities have the second lowest apartment vacancy rate in the country (after New York) so there is already a lot of demand. The area around the East Bank station has seen a mini building boom in the last few years because that is also where the University of Minnesota is.

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I wonder if apartments near LRT stops are pricier than apartments which are more far away?
In general rents rents don't vary much by location in the Twin Cities. A one bedroom in an older building in a gentrified neighborhood is around $750 a month, in the worst neighborhood in the city the same apartment would be around $500. I think this is because the cities lack ghettos and have a culture that looks down on the ostentatious display of wealth (compared to other parts of the US). The new buildings are much more expensive but I would guess that the ones around the LRT would be the same price as the other ones in the city (which are also built in high demand areas, those are in the $1200 to $2000 range for a 1 bedroom). So in general the new buildings around the LRT will be more expensive than typical apartments but comperable to other new buildings. I suspect though that there will be a huge wave of development along the line once it is finished, especially in St Paul along the eastern half of the line that I haven't photographed yet.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:44 AM   #10
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beautiful city and there are lots of road upgradings.
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