Minneapolis Mill District

Biking around Minneapolis, I stumbled across this amazing project that was only in phase one but still impressive all the same. The city is preserving and reusing the remains of an industrial mill site along the Mississippi river.

IMG_2332

IMG_2333

Instead of completely removing the remains of these historic buildings, they are leaving some of their remains and incorporating them into an educational and communal site.

IMG_2334

IMG_2336

Living in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the first planned industrial city in the U.S, I’ve greatly admired all the old brick paper mills that helped make the city famous. But slowly, one by one, they are leveled and removed, their brick and timber sold for other purposes.

IMG_4515

 

IMG_4521

These giant industrial buildings are part of our country’s history; they are our marble pillars that are too quickly being torn down out of convenience. Way to go Minneapolis for being creative and industrial, realizing the potential and beauty within old brick walls.