I used to have a pact with myself that started when I first moved to Minneapolis and lived downtown, that no matter what the obligations on my birthday (March 12th) be they school, work, life, etc. that I would play hookie and spend at least part of the day riding buses, walking around downtown, and ultimately end up at the downtown library with a camera.
These days I can take the train downtown and then ride the buses, or I ride my bike. It's really the way to get around the DT.
The new library, (it's not so new anymore, but it's still new enough to be called the 'new' library for some reason) is actually one of the few modern buildings with architecture that I don't hate.
The inside reminds me a little of the factory in that movie "Monsters Inc.," but it's got a lot of class.
I still can't find the door after I'm in there looking around for a while, however. Somewhat of a sensory overload.
Not all of the offices were completely moved into when I was there that day.
One had this great view of the busy downtown with only a forlorn empty chair to appreciate it.
I expect everything is pretty full now, the last time I visited, I went to a 'Small Business Owners' seminar and the place was jumping.
It was cheezy, but memorable. Maybe one of these days when we're feeling flush... Hmmm.
Outside, the city rumbles and trundles on, flashing it's steel and glass with all of their glory, as well as eye-catching cardboard "Will work for FOOD" signs.
"Positive Mental Attitude Walk".
What mugger would dare take you on there?
They are two sister cities, but very different downtowns. Maybe next year I'll head over to SP and play hookie.
I can't take the train yet, but I could canoe over and catch a mooring next to the year-round houseboats, barges, and stern-wheelers.
Hmmm. I wonder if the ice will be out by March...