Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Monday, August 03, 2015
There seems to be a growing trend in the Twin Cities of tearing down smaller homes and replacing them with supersize structures. On Sunday the Minneapolis Tribune published an article about it with examples of newly built houses in Minnetonka, a coveted lake area. Although the houses that are being built in our Highland Park neighborhood are decidedly smaller than the ones mentioned in the article, these four under construction a few blocks from our home have changed the landscape of that street. . . and not for the better in my opinion. Although our city lots in this area are not enormous the spaces between the buildings here are decidedly narrower because the houses are much too large for the lot. This teardown trend with supersize replacements is causing a stir in some quarters. Is this happening in your town, too?
Greg's siblings are scattered throughout the country and his mother is now living in Florida. Good to get an update plus getting a photo of him and one of his charges, my son Karl, before Greg left.
Added later: I don't know why this post occurred on July 31 instead of the above date, but here it is! What did I do, I wonder?
Sunday, August 02, 2015
I am not sure how to decipher this old and interesting registration tag on the rear fender of a very old bike I spotted at the Highland Park branch library. The bike itself had seen better days; I hung around for awhile to wait for the owner who never emerged while I was there. I wanted to get a bit of history about both the bike and the rider. Sometimes you're just not successful.
Saturday, August 01, 2015
This seemed too pedestrian to use as my theme day photo but they have become very popular. For the past few years, these green rental bikes have been appearing everywhere, especially around college campuses which abound in my neighborhood: St. Kate's, St. Thomas University, Macalester, and Hamline that are fairly close by.
Grocery stores and business also have racks of these bikes.
To see a gallery of bikes posted by CDP bloggers from around the world, go here.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
For years I've passed this oil refinery, noting only that it dominated the landscape beside Highway 52. I have always been struck by our tendency on CDP to present our city and immediate area in the best light as possible. The beautiful people we photograph, restaurants, lovely homes, flowers, and landscapes are only a part of our environment; I thought that this would certainly be an alternative photo; something on which we all rely. This is what I found to describe these photos:
The Pine Bend Refinery is the largest oil refinery in Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities suburbs of Rosemount and Inver Grove Heights next to southern split of U.S. Highway 52 and Minnesota State Highway 55. The refinery is notable for being the largest in the United States to be located in a state without any oil wells. Overall, it ranked 14th in the country as of 2012 by production, with a nameplate capacity of 320,000 barrels (51,000 m) per day.] The facility is owned by Flint Hills Resources (FHR), a subsidiary of Koch Industries.