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Whose view? From where? — February 2016

Last month's view was from West Island Avenue on Nicollet Island looking west towards the North Loop neighborhood.  The three round iron structures in the water are "mooring cells" which provided a parking spot for barges when the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock was in operation.  Now that the lock is closed, these structures could have an alternative use or be removed in the future.  Also visible in the photo is the mouth of Basset Creek, which enters the river at approximately 5th Ave N, and the Plymouth Avenue Bridge.

Whose view? From where? - January 2016

This month's view is from a quieter part of our river corridor than the urban views of the past few months. Have you been to this lovely off-the beaten-track winter wonderland?

New visitor center is centerpiece of Fort Snelling’s 2020 vision

Picture of Fort Snelling

As Fort Snelling approaches it’s bicentennial in 2020, the Minnesota Historical Society is gearing up for exciting changes to the site, including a new visitor center, improved trails and wayfinding, less surface parking, and a renewed focus on the historical significance of this special place perched high above the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

December 9

Whose view? From where? — December 2015

We had two correct responses to last month's view of the iconic High Bridge in St. Paul, each with a very nice description. Cheers to Brian Nerbonne and Tom Schuster! And thanks for the commuting tip.  

More development coming to Saint Paul's West Side

Architect rendition of the planned West Side Flats phase 3 development.  Image source: Sherman Associates

An exciting new riverfront development project planned for Saint Paul's West Side Flats will add commercial space with a strong pedestrian connection to the river esplanade, plus market rate and affordable housing.

November 9

Crown Hydro is trying (again) to renew 16-year old hydroelectric license

In spite of numerous yet unsuccessful attempts to build a hydroelectric power plant at St. Anthony Falls, Crown Hydro LLC is giving it another try.  Their most recent proposal is not garnering much support, however, and many folks­­—including the City of Minneapolis and the National Park Service are saying it’s time for Crown to go back to the drawing board.

September 10

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