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Old March 15th, 2017, 12:36 AM   #121
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1976! Source

Anyone have a modern photo taken from this vantage point?

Aligning Govt center and IDS as reference points this is the closest I could find.

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Old March 15th, 2017, 06:28 AM   #122
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[IMG]View of Minneapolis from the U of M by Anjunadeep91, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old March 16th, 2017, 12:23 AM   #123
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Sure, here is your updated 2017 view. The bridge over the river is left center. I count at least 5 cranes that I can easily see.
Getting this photo only presented a slight challenge.

Downtown Minneapolis from U of MN 3-15-17 by Matt Bappe, on Flickr
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Old March 16th, 2017, 02:51 AM   #124
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That's it. Thanks so much!! How did you get up there?

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You are welcome. I navigated two elevator banks and a waiting room on an upper floor to get into a perfect position. But now I know how to do it from one elevator :-) The fun is bypassing the helper sitting at the table on the ground floor and then avoiding any small office corridor's with curious people ha ha. But I am an explorer so I can normally get my photos with no problem.
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Old March 16th, 2017, 05:37 PM   #126
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You are welcome. I navigated two elevator banks and a waiting room on an upper floor to get into a perfect position. But now I know how to do it from one elevator :-) The fun is bypassing the helper sitting at the table on the ground floor and then avoiding any small office corridor's with curious people ha ha. But I am an explorer so I can normally get my photos with no problem.
That sky bridge between the two towers at the Moos complex is one of the best vantage points in the city -- and I forgot how much I used to enjoy going there in my college days. I think it's time for a revisit. And yes, walk like you own the place and carry a clipboard. It'll get you anywhere. :-)
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Old March 24th, 2017, 12:24 AM   #127
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City Pages posted a really cool 1960s photo of Minneapolis that shows I-35 under construction. It's amazing how much the highways changed the face of the city since then. Che-check-it-out:

http://www.citypages.com/news/heres-...dirt/416835473
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Old March 24th, 2017, 07:52 AM   #128
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Very cool article. Hard to imagine a time when freeways didn't exist and the urban fabric of our cities was still intact.

So interesting yet sad to think entire streets were wiped away forever.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 08:22 PM   #129
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Phoenix Building

There is this gem in the Star Tribune today....

Minneapolis’ Phoenix Building, which roosted for almost 70 years at the northwest corner of 4th Street and Marquette Avenue, was a case in point.


It rose in 1893 from the ruins of the seven-story Tribune Building, an early downtown monument that went up in flames on Nov. 30, 1889, after standing for only four years. That fire killed seven people — among them an editor for the Minneapolis edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press — and left 30 others injured. To this day, it remains the deadliest office building fire in Minneapolis history.

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Old April 6th, 2017, 02:10 AM   #130
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Old April 6th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #131
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City Pages posted a really cool 1960s photo of Minneapolis that shows I-35 under construction. It's amazing how much the highways changed the face of the city since then. Che-check-it-out:

http://www.citypages.com/news/heres-...dirt/416835473
amazing and awful at the same time. I grew up not far from 35w in s mpls.
at least we avoided cutting freeways through the lakes and/or bridging one of the lakes. I think that was an actual proposal, hwy 100 over lake of the isles or something. think of that neighborhood with a freeway... ugh.

we also avoided a freeway on the riverfront like they have in cities such as Cincinnati. a few saving graces from the 60's/70's highway building.
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amazing and awful at the same time. I grew up not far from 35w in s mpls.
at least we avoided cutting freeways through the lakes and/or bridging one of the lakes. I think that was an actual proposal, hwy 100 over lake of the isles or something. think of that neighborhood with a freeway... ugh.

we also avoided a freeway on the riverfront like they have in cities such as Cincinnati. a few saving graces from the 60's/70's highway building.
Agree. Also, Northest was preserved as a neighborhood without interstates dividing it.
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Agree. Also, Northest was preserved as a neighborhood without interstates dividing it.
Some of you may not know this, but there was a planned "North Loop" freeway called I-335. It was going to start at I-94 in North Minneapolis, head east and cross the river about where the Plymouth Avenue bridge is now. The freeway would then cross through Boom Island Park and cut right through NE Minneapolis (along 3rd Av NE) to join up with I-35 between the Hennepin and Johnson St. exits.

The land was already cleared of many houses in NE between 3rd and the Northstar Commuter rail tracks before the neighborhood successfully halted it in 1978. That's the reason why you see so many newer townhomes along this swath. When the Interstate was stopped, developers snapped up the parcels and built the now-very-popular residences that were so convenient to downtown.

And it's also why you see such a generous amount of space for I-35W in NE. This was going to be the site of the interchange.

If you are driving south along I-35 just past Johnson Street, you'll notice a gentle bank on your right that slopes down to the freeway. This was graded as the entrance ramp to southbound I-35 from I-335.

That's also why there is this mysterious "ghost ramp" on your right side as you pass under Hennepin Avenue going south.
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Devastatingly sad the Exposition Building doesn't still exist. So beautiful.
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Agreed. It seems that every major city had one of these back then, and most of those structured ended up the same way.

Here is a better photo of it:




I haven't seen any photos of the interior but found this illustration:

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Old April 7th, 2017, 03:40 PM   #136
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that's interesting. I had no idea about that north loop freeway proposal.

dodged a bullet there.
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I rode my bike 19 miles to refresh my 1987 photo from E River Parkway at the U of MN. A lot to list that has changed in this view, so just start in the Mill District at those grain elevators and work your way out.

1987 2017 comparison Minneapolis skyline from E River Parkway at U of MN by Matt Bappe, on Flickr
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Some of you may not know this, but there was a planned "North Loop" freeway called I-335.
This blew my mind when I read about it a few years ago. Are there any aerial shots from the 70s of all the cleared right of way? The UofM has a nice map with aerial imagery, but is lacking much from the 50's onward.
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