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None of these photos are mine and I've posted most of them separately elsewhere but I thought they deserved their own thread. They complement anti-cheesehead's great thread of street-level photos.

This one's from http://www.homestead.com/mikempls/mplspics1.html


These excellent aerials are from the University of Minnesota Design Center (http://www.designcenter.umn.edu/imagebank/default.html).

Linden Hills, Lakes Harriet and Calhoun


Linden Hills


Lake Calhoun


Skyline


Theodore Wirth Park


Lake Nokomis


Warehouse District


Uptown


University of Minnesota




Midtown


Uptown and Lake Calhoun


Powderhorn Park


Stevens Square


Walker Art Center (under construction) and Sculpture Garden


Loring Park, Sculpture Garden and freeways


Mill District Riverfront


Mill District


Loring Park


Northeast


Warehouse District




Northeast


Warehouse District


Bridges


Nicollet Mall









Uptown


Downtown


Here are more aerials from Steve Linder's site: linderphoto.com
Lake Harriet


Lake Calhoun


Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles


Lake of the Isles


Calhoun and Isles


Harriet


St. Anthony Falls.


Downtown




Minneapolis Sculpture Garden



Minneapolis Institute of Art



University of Minnesota
 

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Those parks look very nice and well maintained. The Nicollet Mall is very nice, I have been on it and it is a very good set-up and the farmers market is exceptional, but its really uptight and youll get gobbled up by arrogant businessmen on cellphones.

Loring Park also looks like a nice urban neighborhood, like Cap. Hill in my hometown. It would be nice if Omaha and Des Moines would do that too some of close in neighborhoods. Dinkytown and Uptown also have impressive set-ups and seem warm and inviting.

The construction for the prices in the Warehouse district looks terrible. Some of the commercial strips in South Minneapolis are just plain ugly. The ride on the light rail from Downtown to Fort Snelling is depressing and drab.
 

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very nice photos from above, anyone got a pick of the pt light rail map? and are there any plans for extensions of it? from the look of a few of those pictures it seems like a condo boom is going on in minneapolis
 

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Minneapolis has amazing parks. Everything you are looking for. Last Sunday I was at Lake Calhoun and there were so many people. It really is turning into a social scene. The beach and the sand volley ball court was littered with hundreds of people. The nice thing is if you don't want to deal with the social scene of Calhoun you can just go to Lake of the Isles or Cedar Lake.

I've noticed Calhoun is for young, single people (quite an awesome scene), Lake Harriet is for families and Lake of the Isles is for retirees.

I also enjoy going on all the trails they have in Minneapolis. I seem to find a new trail every week. I was just in Chicago the other week (wonderful city)but I didn't see very many green spaces or trees for that matter. Minneapolis has blended natural beauty with a wonderful refreshing urban feel. I love it the more I leave the more I want to come back.
 
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