A Minnesotan in Oregon


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Mount Hood and Trillium Lake

I had the awesome opportunity of visiting some of my closest friends in Portland, Oregon last month. Not only did I get to see my awesome friends, but I spent a weekend exploring a new place I’d never been. When I’m traveling I like to pay close attention to the things that are different from Minnesota, and more importantly I like to learn why they are different because the reasons tend to be the most interesting part. So, here are some fascinating things I learned about Portland and the great state of Oregon.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same… or do they?


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I’m back! In case you’re wondering where I’ve been – well I’m now the proud owner of a Master’s Degree in Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College!

As I turned the corner on my graduate studies I felt this inner battle that I have with myself about historic preservation and urban growth become more of a struggle. I find it frustrating because I don’t feel that the two need to be at odds, as they are often portrayed. I feel very strongly that preservation of buildings can be woven into a city’s plan for growth. In order to do this, I think we need to begin to think of preservation as a way of life for our cities and be more conscious of the built environment’s impact on our lives. I write this not just from the stand-point of a preservationist who adores old buildings, but also as an urbanist that loves to see cities grow and change. My hope is that these seemingly disparate objectives will begin to be seen as a cooperative means of creating interesting city neighborhoods. Accomplishing this won’t be easy, but I think there are three areas to start. Continue reading

“He now sleeps the sleep that knows no waking on this earth…”


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Minnesota History CenterA photo I took of the Minnesota History Center from the buildings upper level patio. It was a cold day so I was out their alone. But you can really see what a cool building it is.

Well as you may have already deduced, I grew up with a family that has always paid close attention to history. Although I didn’t develop a respect for this until I became an adult, I look back on it now with some affection. Often my parents will come to the Twin Cities and my Brother and I will accompany them to a museum exhibit, maybe at the Minnesota History Center or at the Science Museum. Weekend before last it was the Civil War exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

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Seriously, where is spring?!

For those of you who are local, or even just in the Midwest, you’re probably asking the same question. Six inches of snow in the middle of April? That’s crap. My dog Morgan and I spent sometime contemplating how crappy that is the other day:

Morgan & Claire


Morgan & Claire

Yeah, we’re both pretty upset.

Hope you all are looking forward to my post on Monday. My family and I went to the Minnesota Historical Society’s History Center in St. Paul last weekend to check out the Civil War exhibit. It was great and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

Other than that, I’ve been working diligently at finishing up my second semester of Graduate School. I’ll be done with this semester in May and then I’ll have a much needed break for the summer. I’ve also been posting photos of Minnesota from my own collection on the blog’s Facebook page – go check them out at www.facebook.com/fortheloveofmn and while you’re there – give the page a like!

Thanks for stopping by – check back on Monday for my post!



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