“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.”
Do you ever wonder what makes a city great? I do. Almost constantly. Seriously, its borderline insane how much I think about cities, buildings and people. I’m excited by vibrant city neighborhoods and their ever-changing environment. Maybe it is because I grew up in rural Minnesota and spent my summer days catching turtles from the pond, watching Wood Ducks bob and weave through the cat tails and begrudgingly picking green beans from the vegetable garden. My neighborhood didn’t have sidewalks and when a car drove by it was one of five people on their way home from work. Please do not misunderstand me; I wouldn’t trade my childhood memories for anything. My dad taught me to spot different types of trees by the shape of their leaves and how to choose the best campsite while my mom planted lovely gardens, lush with flowers more beautiful than any bouquet I’ve purchased at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. I’ve always felt lucky that I grew up in such an idyllic setting, but something was missing and I was never quite sure what it was, until I moved to St. Cloud. Suddenly everything that once required a twenty to thirty minute drive was within five minutes by vehicle, if not walking distance. Friends were closer than ever before and spontaneous trips to go shopping or grab lunch required much less logistical planning.
Moving to Minneapolis only deepened my love for the urban landscape. When I moved into my apartment on Nicollet and 24th, I had no idea I was moving next door to all that “Eat Street” had to offer. Restaurants with all types of cuisine are housed in buildings ranging in ages of over 100 years to brand new. This was my first glimpse of the incredible role that old buildings play in vibrant city neighborhoods, which eventually led to my pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation. Minneapolis became my new best friend and my adopted home-away-from-home. I have since spent much time with my friend, getting to know her well – learning the things I like best and the aspects that I feel need improvement. My deep interest in these topics and, frankly, lack of a proper outlet to express my opinions led me to this blog. I am not an expert and I do not claim to be, I’m just a passionate “twenty-something” looking for a place to explore my interests.
It seems a little ridiculous to have to state this, but based on recent events I feel it is important I make one thing clear: opinions and viewpoints expressed on this blog are my own. They should in no way be affiliated with the organizations, companies or people that I may mention in my posts. I started this blog as an outlet for my opinions – please view it as just that and nothing more.