Even though I am safely back on the island, my blog remains in Minnesconsin. That's the term used by those of us who live on the border and freely go back and forth, treating each state like home. So today I want to revisit downtown Minnepolis.
Being downtown was, for me, a very unique experience this time. It has been five years since I was last there. I was always busily scurrying from place to place, never stopping to really look at the town. It was always in a mode of change as new buildings went up all around. And I never even noticed. This time around I did.
This is the Lumber Exchange Building on Hennepin Avenue.
Part of the LRT train that now runs from downtown to Mall of America, among other places. This wasn't even started yet when I left.
The flat topped building in the middle is the IDS Tower. I remember when it was the only skyscraper downtown. Our skyline looked like somebody giving the finger!
The atrium of the IDS Tower is the Crystal Court. This has seen many changes over the years, but always an interesting place. (the restaurant at the top with the banners is where MTM had dinner once!)
A downtown sculpture. No idea how old it is, but not more than five!
The old fashioned street lights are in stark contrast to most of the builings. Everywhere you look is one building reflected in another.
Several years ago the city built nests on top of buildings for Perigrin falcons. The idea was to control the pigeon population naturally. For the most part, it worked. Unbeknownst to me, I captured one in this photo!
Minneapolis' famous Skyways. Great in the winter. You never have to go outside!
I love this building. Also new to me. The tiles are captivating. This is a Brazilian Meat restaurant.
Another view of the Lumber Exchange Building.
There you have it. A little taste of where I used to work....and party!