Phoenix Ashes said:I spent a week in Minneapolis last summer. It was warm and very muggy. I was somewhat surprised what a car town it is. Downtown, sadly, seems really screwed up with surface parking lots and garages. I could only wonder what the city must have looked like once before the wrecking ball. The area around the Metrodome, in particular, must have been something.
On the other hand, Uptown is a revelaton, a real urban neighborhood with street-front retail. The neighborhood behind it, Lake of the Isles, is about as beautiful as I've ever seen.
I also visited Mall of America which is horrifying. Lake Minnetonka was impressive, St Paul is very disappointing, although some of the downtown buildings are quite beautiful. The river and countryside are very lovely.
I don't mean to rag on Minneapolis - it's still a much better city than 95% of the other cities in America. Downtown has actual retail, and appears to be the nexus of a real music scene. I wondered if the extreme winters don't account for the need of people to drive to work. Is simply waiting for a bus in January that uncomfortable? The architecture, btw, is much better than in places like Denver or Phoenix. I want to return someday to see Pelli's library, and I hope some of those gaps in downtown's fabric will be filled.
Lol, you should've been here last week, the humidity was gross. On Tuesday, it went from sunny to pitch black in the middle of the afternoon from a storm. I was in downtown, and I remember looking up in the sky and it looked like a scene from ghostbusters. On Thursday, it was 97 degrees and humid. Right now at 10 pm, it's 81 degrees with a 72 degree dewpoint (humid) and thunderstorms.Phoenix Ashes said:I spent a week in Minneapolis last summer. It was warm and very muggy.