Objects in Mirror

Objects in Mirror: June 2, 2008 Archive

Life comes and goes, marked on University Ave.

Posted at 8:08 AM on June 2, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

As I share comments from our online discussion about University Avenue, I consider how the street serves as a marker to people. This reply is both personal and public:

"[..] I think my two most deeply ingrained memories are of people no longer living. I remember standing at the bus stop on University and Snelling in such bitter cold I stomped the soles of my cowboy boots all the way through. I was waiting for the last bus run around 1:00 in the morning. I found a payphone (no cells then) and called my sister who was asleep, hoping for a ride home. She told me, 'C'est la vie, ma soeur' and went back to bed.

My other poignant memory is standing close to the intersection of Raymond and University in late October, 2002. It was dark and cold, but floodlights lit up thousands and thousands of flowers, posters, cards, all sorts of mementos left for Paul Wellstone and his planemates. How can any Minnesotan forget that?" - Susan Budig

* Explore MPR's University Ave: A work in progress
* Share your commentaries, memories and photos of the avenue
* Join the online discussion to share your memories or discuss the future of the thoroughfare

Minnesota bridges

Posted at 1:54 PM on June 2, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

We have good reason to think about our bridges. There are other bridge stories to tell and discover:

* Share your personal story about a bridge with Public Insight Journalism: What Minnesota bridge has been meaningful to your life?

* MPR News reports: Officials to take comments on closed St. Cloud bridge

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