"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

October 4, 2011

The Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, MN



The Midtown Greenway is a 5 1/2 mile set of bicycle and walking trails that cuts through the middle of Minneapolis. Before its current incarnation, much of the path was railroad tracks that were barely used, if at all, by the 1990s. The first time I rode it, I thought it was one of the most uninteresting paths to look at. But I continued to use it because it's a much faster way to bike through that part of town than the city streets surrounding it.


But, as time passed, little details started to pop out at me: the graffiti murals painted on the walls of old brick industrial buildings, the small community gardens next to the trail, the bridge that goes over Hiawatha Avenue and gives a fantastic view of the Minneapolis skyline, and the public art. Some of these features have shown up as the trail became more developed. Others were probably always there.


Looking north while on the Martin Olav Sabo bridge in Minneapolis, MN
One of my favorite features is a public art installation on the east end of the trails. A number of benches are set up and on each one is the sculpture of a pair of shoes.




I found a total of nine pairs but there may be one or two that I missed.


Update: Oops, make that eight. I looked closer and I think the top middle and middle ones are the same pair.

6 comments:

Patti said...

The shoes are fantastic!

Berryvox said...

Patti - Aren't they? The first time I saw a pair, I thought "Who would leave their shoes there?!?"

Ferd said...

Ooh! You are back on a roll with these cool twin cities posts! Very cool. And the shoe idea was genius!

Berryvox said...

Ferd - It was time to start playing tourist again. :)

AJ Rahn said...

FYI: a couple of your previous entries mentioned the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery on Cedar. Are you aware that it is one of the landmarks selected for "Partners in Preservation" http://www.facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation a site where you can go and vote daily for landmarks around the cities to receive grants for renovation/preservation...

Berryvox said...

AJ - Ha! I was just at the Mill Ruins Park downtown and saw a banner leading to that page. But, no, before today, I didn't know about it. Cool! :)