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University Ave Light Rail Construction

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Tuesday September 13, 2011

St Paul, MN

Caption: ...or destruction. For those living in this part of St. Paul this will be the view for the next few years. Let's hope they get this sorted out by winter.

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8. pegpics
12:00 PM GMT on September 20, 2011
STIMULATING!!!...great image, I like the perspective that gives the dig-up, prominence in front of the old town buildings...with the more modern building way in back, looking as if saying, 'what's going on!'...
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7. ChrisAnthemum
2:59 AM GMT on September 20, 2011
I suppose "archaeological dig" is the right expression for it! LOL!
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6. Fieldofflowers
2:53 AM GMT on September 20, 2011
I find it fascinating whenever I see the bricks. I'm not old enough to have seen how St. Paul looked then, but I find it cool to imagine. There are still a few random places where the bricks are left uncovered. This project makes me think of like an archaeological dig of some sort.

You'll find the cables, old wooden blocks and bricks as they dig this area up. I picked up a few to keep. They came in handy when covering my plants up for the frost that occurred that Thursday.
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5. ChrisAnthemum
2:49 AM GMT on September 20, 2011
There were streetcar lines on many of those arterials; I remember seeing the rails and WOODEN blocks being dug up from under the pavement during renovation projects. Hamline Ave. at Snelling is one that comes to mind. I know the whole area well, though I haven't been back there in years.
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4. Fieldofflowers
2:44 AM GMT on September 20, 2011
Yes they are putting a train there. I'm still not sure how. Oh and I guess there was one there at one time. My grandma remembers there being a cable car going through the city and the street made out of red bricks. Now those red bricks and cables are being dug up.
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3. ChrisAnthemum
2:38 AM GMT on September 20, 2011
And they're putting in a light rail line there? Fascinating! My late father-in-law would have been pleased to know that; he was quite an advocate for it. Thanks for the info; maybe at some future time you'll update us!

What a glimpse into the past! I worked in that building in 1988-89.
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2. Fieldofflowers
2:30 AM GMT on September 20, 2011
Yes. It's taken somewhere near the school looking towards Snelling. It's a bit crazy to say the least. I feel sorry for the bus drivers especially.

One fascinating thing is to see the old bricks unearthed as they strip away the layers.
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1. ChrisAnthemum
2:26 AM GMT on September 20, 2011
Oh my word, who could've thought University Ave. could be dug up like that, a main arterial! Is this looking east toward Snelling Ave? That green building in the background looks like one where I worked at a medical practice for about a year; I was a transcriptionist. It was on the corner of University and Snelling.
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Every day that I come here, I'm amazed by the awesome photos I see. I love to take photos of whatever catches my eye. Usually my photos have something to do with nature. Insects and flowers have always been a big interest. You can also find me on Flickr. Summer '09 goal: Aiming to take pictures daily, and upload some of my favorites. I hope people enjoy them as much as I do. Most of the time, the fun comes from taking the pictures, more than the actual results. Create your own visitor map! Counter started: 6-21-09

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