SN: the following is from an article with the title above followed by this subheading; “Can Milwaukee learn lessons from them on how to fund its parks?” It’s a question all cities should ask. Inspiration can found locally or globally, city planners just need the vision to create park spaces.
The article also introduced me to: “The Trust for Public Land’s annual “ParkScore Index” ranks the 100 most-populous U.S. cities, based on comparable metrics.”
BOSTON - ParkScore ranking: #9; public investment in parks: $122 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 17 percent.
CHICAGO - ParkScore Ranking: #15; public investment in parks: $172 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 9.2 percent.
MADISON - ParkScore Ranking: #10; total public investment in parks: $122 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 13.4 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS- ParkScore Ranking: #1 (annually since 2013); public investment in parks: $275 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 12.5 percent
SEATTLE - ParkScore Ranking: #13; public investment in parks: $224 per capita; parks as percentage of city land: 14.9 percent.
It would be really cool and mean a lot to me if y'all went and followed my photography Instagram because I post pretty good stuff and also I’m trying to build my photography portfolio/ business! I haven’t been getting many hours from my day job so I’d super duper love to do more freelance and I’ve gotten one job off Instagram already but I’d like to get more
So help an artist out and make your eyeballs happy at the same time!
In which we explore a few of Minnesota’s many fantastic art offerings. Let’s take a trip through the Twin Cities!
Featuring the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Soo Visual Art Center, Soap Factory, Law Warschaw Gallery at Macalester College, Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Hotel, and Walker Art Center.
The day before the wrecking crews arrived, a newspaper
reporter interviewed fifty-eight-year-old Wally
Marotzke, who for twenty years had been the building’s
engineer. “I’m not gonna watch ‘em rip it down,”
Marotzke told the reporter. “I don’t think I could. But
I’ll tell you one thing: The future generations are gonna
read about this building and they’ll see some of the
buildings they’re putting up here and they’ll damn us,
they will, for tearing down the Met.”“
Excerpt from Ghost of the Gateway, Larry Millett
The Metropolitan is considered by many to be the most significant, however non-existent building in Minneapolis.
Erected in 1890, The Metropolitan was constructed out of granite and sandstone, with a primarily glass and cast iron interior. It stood at 218 feet, and contained 12 floors. The building included multiple observation towers, and a rooftop garden. It was the pride of the city.
Designed by architect E. Townsend Mix, of whose work can be seen nationwide, the Metropolitan is widely considered to be his most notable and revered work.
Sadly, this building was demolished in 1961 during Minneapolis’s attempt at the Urban Renewal of the precarious Gateway District, which was considered then to be skid-row. This program demolished 25 blocks worth of historic buildings, which now house countless of empty parking lots. Although some of these buildings were old and dangerous, the city planner made the brash decision to demolish all 25 blocks. Ironically, at the time the building was both safe and fully occupied. Fortunately, many of the architectural elements still remain, including the wrought iron fencing, and marble stones. Many of these items can still be seen throughout Minneapolis, including this wrought iron piece now at Architectural Antiques!
Want to experience the Met in it original form? Check out this video from The Metropolitan Ruins Project!