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Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:18pm | by blindeke
Christmas Tree Sidewalk Sales
One of the best things about this time of year is when certain urban sidewalks fill with spruce trees. All of a sudden the parking lot at the St Paul farmers market seems like a forest, smells wonderful, and manifests a mysterious magical quality. Pick up a tree while you walk your dog!
Mon, 12/19/2011 - 10:45am | by blindeke
Tue, 12/13/2011 - 11:07am | by blindeke
Windows that aren't really Windows
Just like doors that don't open, windows that you cannot see through provide an irksome twist to contemporary elements to add walkability and vitality to the street level. Despite cities starting toc are about the street-level environment, by passing transparency requirements for new developments, sometimes retailers (particularly chain pharmacies and big box stores) will simply make opaque glass windows that serve strictly symbolic purposes.
Fri, 12/09/2011 - 2:26pm | by blindeke
Doors that aren't really doors
As businessess have expanded to occupy the footprint of multiple older establishments, some entrances and doorways get left behind in the wayside. Walking down certain of these 'megablock' streets in downtown Minneapolis, paticularly around Marquette and 2nd Avenues, you find a few entrances that aren't in use.
It's frustrating that so much of the street frontage downtown lacks vitality and pedestrian traffic. Fake doorways are one of the consequences.
Thu, 12/08/2011 - 2:48pm | by blindeke
I was sitting on the corner in front of this house in morning sunlight the other day and enjoying the icicles. They catch the light very nicely.
And then one of them crashed against the ground and made a lovely tinkling sounds. Ice in its many forms is one of the nice things about walking around the city in the wintertime, as long as you don't have to walk on it!
Wed, 12/07/2011 - 2:20pm | by blindeke
Mon, 11/21/2011 - 2:57pm | by blindeke
Wed, 11/02/2011 - 1:01pm | by blindeke
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:48pm | by blindeke
Mon, 10/10/2011 - 12:28pm | by blindeke