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Old February 19th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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Another side of Minneapolis - Whittier neighborhood tour

Usually Minneapolis photo threads focus on downtown and it's modern skyline. Downtown and the skyline are nice but they are only a small part of the city. I wanted to do a thread on the neighborhood I live in. Just south of downtown, Whittier is a transitional neighborhood, all of the different cultural strains that exist elsewhere in the city are blended together here, often in a haphazard and highly atomized manner. Rich and poor often live on the same block. It is the randomness that draws me to it.

Whittier is bisected north to south by Nicollet Ave which is the main commercial street. In the crack era of the '90s this was a ghetto, Nicollet Avenue was largely abandoned, shootings were commonplace. It was brought back by immigrant businesses, especially restaurants. Today it is known as Eat Street and is one of the cities' main restaurant districts.

Franklin Ave marks the northern border of the neighborhood, this is the intersection of Franklin and Nicollet:



These are one block over at Franklin and Blaisdell. I couldn't decide which angle I liked best so I posted them both:





The most prominent neighborhood landmark is the Minneapolis Institue of Art (MIA). The MIA is the main art museum in the city with the requisite old masters and Roman sculptures and such. It is a good museum for an American city the size of Minneapolis, allegedly it has the largest collection of Chinese jadework in the west. What I like about it is that it is free. Art is for the people! This would be a nice picture if the grass was green:



The neighborhood was constantly being redeveloped from the time it was built in the late 19th century until the 1980s. In the '60s and '70s a lot of nice old buildings were torn down to build cheap apartments. Eventually the city put a stop to this but the result is that what should be a classic old neighborhood is not fully intact and has a mishmash of styles. Here is an example:



This is the building next to it:



The block from another angle:



Across the street looks like this:



While it sucks that so much architectual heritage was lost the trade off is that those newer buildings are affordable housing. Even if Whittier gentrifies the poor will still be able to live here for the forseeable future. Actually I think all the mini-commieblock type buildings will prevent wholesale gentrification.

Anyway on with the tour. I took most of these photos in 3 walks. I will try to post them in chronological order whenever it makes sense.

Lyndale Ave is the western border of Whittier, on the other side of Lyndale is Uptown. The next 3 shots are from Lyndale and 24th:













This is the intersection of Nicollet and 24th street:



One building down on 24th street:



Kittycorner to the photo above:



The MIA is on the next block of 24th St but we have already seen that.

This footbridge connects Whittier to the Phillips neighborhood:



Looking north, the skyline from the footbridge. I-35W is the eastern boundary of the neighborhood. In the foreground Whittier is on the left, Phillips is on the right:



A little bit of Phillips:





Back to Whittier, this is in the eastern part of the neighborhood:







These are along and around 26th street:













Nicollet Ave between 26th and 25th streets:









The intersection of 25th and Nicollet:







This building is right next to the one in the photo above:



This is across the street from the photo above:



Skyline shot:



Some residential blocks in the western part of the neighborhood:









This is only about a third of the pictures I have. I need to go to bed soon so I will start with these. I will try to post the rest tomorrow.

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Old February 19th, 2009, 06:58 PM   #2
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Thanks for showing neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Somnifor
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Old February 20th, 2009, 04:39 AM   #3
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Here is the rest:





I dig the nautical theme:



An interesting name for an apartment building:



The building:



The northern part of the neighborhood was at one time one of the richest parts of the city:











The same house from the front:



Across the street:









Nicollet Ave between 22nd and 24th St:





Nicollet Ave around 26th St:





Nicollet and 27th:



27th St:



Nicollet in the vicinity of 27th and 28th street:















Around 28th St:





The Beef Revolution has been postponed:



It is hard being a squirrel in Minnesota in the winter:



A house isn't a home without a rotting couch on the roof:















Mobile car wash:



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Old February 23rd, 2009, 04:04 PM   #4
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Nice photos, I like to see photos of this type of area away from the central districts that visitors don't get to see as often. It looks like an interesting neighbourhood!
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Old February 26th, 2009, 02:52 AM   #5
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nice photos but the place is a shit hole. I definitely wouldn't want to live there.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:09 AM   #6
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nice photos but the place is a shit hole. I definitely wouldn't want to live there.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:58 AM   #7
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These sort of pictures are always more interesting than yet another skyline series. Some of it looks pretty rundown, but there's a lot of beautiful architecture as well.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 11:53 AM   #8
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nice photos but the place is a shit hole. I definitely wouldn't want to live there.
I'd rather say it has 'character'. Sure it isn't in pristine condition like a brand new cookie cutter suburb but that's what you get in older, more mature districts, it makes it interesting I think.
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Wonderful tour of an interesting Minneapolis neighbourhood. Thank you!
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Old February 28th, 2009, 04:28 AM   #10
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had great moments in this city, thanks for sharing
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Interesting pictures of neighborhood Minneapolis.
While the area's far from exclusive, there's clearly quite a bit of streetlevel commercial vitality. Nice bright paint on many of the apartments & shops, along with architectural & cultural diversity, reflecting the vibrant flavor of the Twin Cities.
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Interesting mix of architecture. I like the homes with porches and balconies, nice!
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