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View Poll Results: Which Midwestern City Destroyed Most of their Historical Architecture?
Minneapolis 17 26.98%
Chicago 16 25.40%
Milwaukee 4 6.35%
St. Louis 13 20.63%
Detroit 16 25.40%
Buffalo 2 3.17%
Pittsburgh 2 3.17%
Cleveland 3 4.76%
Cincinnati 4 6.35%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 10-22-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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Here is some footage of what urban renewal and suburbanization did to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Roughly 25 blocks were torn down in downtown Minneapolis. This represented 200 buildings from the early 19th and 20th century and more than 40% of downtown Minneapolis.


YouTube - Archive footage of the Twin Cities


YouTube - What Once Was: Twin Cities

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Old 10-22-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Here is some footage of what urban renewal did to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Roughly 25 blocks were torn down in downtown Minneapolis. This represented 200 buildings from the early 19th and 20th century and more than 40% of downtown Minneapolis.


YouTube - Archive footage of the Twin Cities


YouTube - What Once Was: Twin Cities
Wow, I had no idea Minneapolis lost so much. I wanted to cry seeing those perfectly good architectural treasures get imploded.
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: St Louis
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St Louis didnt destroy most all of its French style buildings. Its actually only a small fraction however its still too much. Almost all of the city is still dominated by historic structures.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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You missed Columbus on your list, and there is practically no city that I've known that has done a better job destroying its historical architecture than Columbus.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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I didn't vote, because I really don't know... however if you had listed Kansas City I would have put it.

Kansas City, MO has a lot of great historical art deco buildings. It has some of the best in the country IMO and I love our architecture. However, we lost quite a bit of it in the mid 1900s.

The Quality Hill mansions that lined downtown overlooking the bluffs burned down. We also had some gothic architecture and in the 1970s Oak Towe had it's Gargoyles removed.

Here are some pictures from Kansas City of buildings that no longer exist:
















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Old 10-23-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: St Louis
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Wow you tore those buildings down? I hope the person who made that decision can live with themselves.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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I just cringe sometimes when I see some of the architecture we've intentionally destroyed all over this country. It's so short-sighted.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I didn't vote, because I really don't know... however if you had listed Kansas City I would have put it.

Kansas City, MO has a lot of great historical art deco buildings. It has some of the best in the country IMO and I love our architecture. However, we lost quite a bit of it in the mid 1900s.

The Quality Hill mansions that lined downtown overlooking the bluffs burned down. We also had some gothic architecture and in the 1970s Oak Towe had it's Gargoyles removed.

Here are some pictures from Kansas City of buildings that no longer exist.
Those Romanesque, Queen Anne laced townhouses are incredible. Scratch that, were incredible. It's too bad the Midwest doesn't have anything to match that now....waits for some Chicago pics of townhouses half as good.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Whoever authorized these to be razed should have been drawn and quartered:

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Old 10-23-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Wow! So sad to see all of the loss, and it happened EVERYWHERE, including here in Atlanta.

Check out the crowds in skrizzle's second pic waiting for the street cars! Another sad loss nationwide. What were we thinking?
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