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Old 12-07-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: MN
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I love this thread. I have tracked down a few places courtesy of Google Maps. The first one is in St. Paul on the Mendota Bridge. Both skylines are visible but it's pretty tough to make them out. They are on the extreme opposites of the screen, left to right:

st paul - Google Maps

The next one is on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. It's very hard to see St. Paul. The link should have you facing St. Paul. The gold dome of the Capitol Building is visible. You have to zoom in. 180 degrees to the right is Minneapolis.

st. paul - Google Maps

The next one is on Ruth Street in St. Paul over I94. The two skylines are visible looking west. Both are pretty hard to see, but much easier if you zoom in.

st paul - Google Maps
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:51 AM
 
Location: KC Area
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I can confirm this. I used to bike the bridge every day back when I was biking to work and it's one of the only places where I've found a good view of both skylines at the same time.
Not only can you see the skylines, but sometimes you can see planes a their gate at MSP Airport. And if you can't find it, planes takeo ff and land.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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The Mendota Bridge, and Mounds Park are probably the most picturesque views you'll get with both downtowns included. Another cool spot I remember is on top of the old Hamms brewery but I'm not sure if it's even possible nowadays.

From a plane however this recent picture has to be one of my favorites.



twins (http://www.flickr.com/photos/punchup/6216197984/ - broken link) by Punchup (http://www.flickr.com/people/punchup/ - broken link), on Flickr
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Carver County, MN
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The Mendota Bridge, and Mounds Park are probably the most picturesque views you'll get with both downtowns included. Another cool spot I remember is on top of the old Hamms brewery but I'm not sure if it's even possible nowadays.

From a plane however this recent picture has to be one of my favorites.



twins (http://www.flickr.com/photos/punchup/6216197984/ - broken link) by Punchup (http://www.flickr.com/people/punchup/ - broken link), on Flickr

Awesome! This needs to be posted somewhere on the city vs city forum on a skyline thread (which there is a moritorium on now).
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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I was sitting parked at the light at Payne over Phalen Blvd today and they were both visible there. Definitely would need a wide lense though.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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The Mendota Bridge, and Mounds Park are probably the most picturesque views you'll get with both downtowns included. Another cool spot I remember is on top of the old Hamms brewery but I'm not sure if it's even possible nowadays.

From a plane however this recent picture has to be one of my favorites.



twins (http://www.flickr.com/photos/punchup/6216197984/ - broken link) by Punchup (http://www.flickr.com/people/punchup/ - broken link), on Flickr
nice image, looks like Mpls does not include a completed 1st Bank Place (Capella Twr) unless it's obscurred by the Norwest Ctr behind it but I suspect it's being built in this shot and roughly 80% complete with scaffolding wrapping the top ten floors to the right of the IDS. If so it would put this photo at roughly 1990...
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Carver County, MN
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nice image, looks like Mpls does not include a completed 1st Bank Place (Capella Twr) unless it's obscurred by the Norwest Ctr behind it but I suspect it's being built in this shot and roughly 80% complete with scaffolding wrapping the top ten floors to the right of the IDS. If so it would put this photo at roughly 1990...
I saved that picture as my computer background so it's larger and I think I can make out the outline of the Capella Tower infront of the WF Tower. You can see the bottom zig zags and faintly make out the top hallow. But it should be there because I think I can see the Target HQ and the Carlyle as well, unless I'm hallucinating again.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I saved that picture as my computer background so it's larger and I think I can make out the outline of the Capella Tower infront of the WF Tower. You can see the bottom zig zags and faintly make out the top hallow. But it should be there because I think I can see the Target HQ and the Carlyle as well, unless I'm hallucinating again.
I agree. It's newer than that. If you download the full resolution, even though it's still hard to see exactly what is what, you can clearly see the completed "crown" of the Capella tower. I'm also pretty sure that the Carlyle-shaped mass in the photo is the Carlyle, and the Target Tower is tough to miss. I can't tell for sure, but I think the down-tilted glass walls of the AT&T tower (1991) are just visible from behind the Campbell-Mithune tower. Based on the Carlyle being visible, this can't be more than about 4 years old.
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:06 PM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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I was on 94 today right by 3M and they were both pretty visible. But someone above pointed out Ruth, which is just down from there.
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