Streetscapes is a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Writers critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand-new buildings to revered older ones.
The 1940s-era neighborhood theater at 48th and Chicago has opened with a new mix of programming following a makeover.
We've got a model of the New Urbanism design movement right here in the Twin Cities: It's called the Minnesota State Fair.
St. Paul's Grand Arcade is out of sight, but not gone + Photo Gallery
One of downtown St. Paul's most intriguing lost buildings is the elaborate mixed-use structure also known as the Lowry Arcade.
New wellness standards for buildings include everything from indoor air quality to snack foods.
The early Minneapolis skyline boasted two wildly different style of buildings by the same architectural firm.
Nicollet Mall deserved better than its underwhelming $50M remake + Photo Gallery
The new Nicollet Mall is a leafier, artsier improvement over its dreary predecessor. But this is all that $50 million buys?
A look at Lake Street shows that there's a difference between good and bad density.
Corner gas stations can invite visitors to linger, and hopefully enjoy an urban neighborhood.
If the city had adopted a 1917 plan, it would have looked like the City of Light, with diagonal boulevards and roundabouts.
You might not even notice these two Minneapolis plazas, but they're noteworthy open urban spaces.
Many classical buildings in the Twin Cities got modern face-lifts, whether they needed them or not.
By adapting modern design trends, an intersection near Southdale gets a much needed update.
Choreographer Sally Rousse's new show is both tribute and bridge to the Cowles Center.
Well-planned, if unremarkable, buildings have helped create a vibrant new neighborhood.
A brief history of "Old Man Viaduct," which lasted a century.
The city was once home to a tony park in an upscale residential neighborhood. Until the Capitol moved in.
Ordinary, midsize buildings don't often draw praise, but they make our cities lively, livable and adaptable.
"Deep North" seeks to build a better reputation for the Twin Cities.
These projects, in various stages of the completion pipeline, should elevate the Twin Cities' architectural profile in the not-so-distant future.
Irish pubs played a part in making bars less secretive and warmer, welcoming and connected.
The long-lost National was known for its Dutch-themed restaurant, bohemian clientele -- and its many fires.
Instead of tossing old street signs, Golden Valley's Historical Society is selling them.
White Castle and others were kitschy and a loud rebuke to the serious architecture of the day. And that's what made them great.
Our extreme weather makes us unique and our urban design should reflect that.
The story behind Westgate Theater, a movie house for what was once the streetcar suburb of Morningside.