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What’s blooming in the urban prairie patch?

Almost every day, I get a tiny dose of prairieĀ  in the middle of the city. The Sixth Avenue Greenway, just a few blocks from the Mississippi River, looks a little unruly and neglected this time of year, but it’s … Continue reading

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Didn’t see any Lycra on this year’s underwear bicycle riders

Thank goodness I didn’t miss the annual Fourth of July Underwear Ride sponsored by mplsbikelove. It’s the single best reason to stay in town over the Fourth. Yes, the fireworks are cool, but the underwear bicycle ride just plain makes … Continue reading

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Rickety-chimney chimney swifts

The Soap Factory‘s rickety chimney didn’t win my Rickety Chimney Contest but it probably should have. Soap Factory with downtown Minneapolis in the background It has a crack running down the length of it and it’s been hit by lightning … Continue reading

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The geometry of railings

My geometry career probably peaked in high school. I was photographed for the high school year book supposedly doing the Pythagorean Theorem (the Pythagorem theory, according to the caption writer). But I also had the odd pleasure several years ago … Continue reading

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Signs, signs, and more signs

One way to judge the character of a neighborhood is to look at its signs and murals. Southeast Minneapolis must be an eclectic place — our signs range from homemade cardboard to painted brick to pulsing electronic. This is a … Continue reading

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