St. Paul, MN 55102
A system of canals that would have turned Minneapolis into the “Venice of the North.” An elevated monorail line and aerial gondola system across Saint Paul. A self-contained, utopian community at Southdale Mall. These ideas and more were seriously considered by urban planners in the Twin Cities, though they were ultimately dropped in favor of the city design we know today.
Come explore the long and surprising history of urban planning projects that were rejected, passed by, or never finished, and ponder the fanciful alternate history of a very different Twin Cities that could have been.
Speaker Alex Weston has worked for MNHS since 2005 at a variety of sites, including Historic Fort Snelling and the Mill City Museum, and is currently a Program Associate at the James J. Hill House and Alexander Ramsey House. He holds a Bachelor’s in History from Metro State University. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife and three children.
About North Star Voices
This series takes us on real and imagined odysseys that venture through some of Minnesota’s hidden, forgotten, or otherwise off-pavement landscapes. Hear stories that make the North Star State a unique and complex place within our nation’s story.
2022-12-03 14:00:00 2022-12-03 14:00:00 America/Chicago The Twin Cities That Never Happened Minnesota History Center