A Fourth Of July Day In Downtown Minneapolis.

Posted on July 6, 2014. Filed under: Minneapolis, Ramblings, Twin Cities region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

July 4 was a fine day for taking in the sights in downtown Minneapolis.

Mississippi River chugging along in downtown Minneapolis.

Swollen by recent heavy rains throughout the state, the Mississippi River was really chugging along on July 4. This view is from the St. Anthony Falls area, with the Hennepin Avenue Bridge in the background.

 


 

Let us do the pedaling, that's the credo of the pedi-cab drivers in downtown Minneapolis. Pedi-cabs are allowed to travel on Nicollet Mall - sharing the pavement with bicyclists, buses and pedestrians. The weather was fine for pedi-cab riding on July 4.

Let us do the pedaling, that’s the credo of the pedi-cab drivers in downtown Minneapolis. Pedi-cabs are allowed to travel on Nicollet Mall – sharing the pavement with bicyclists, buses and pedestrians. The skyway in the background is festooned with a banner promoting the upcoming Major League Baseball All Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The weather was fine for pedi-cab riding on July 4.

 


 

Festive scene along Third Avenue Bridge in downtown Minneapolis on July 4.

The Third Avenue Bridge offers the best seats in town for the annual downtown Minneapolis fireworks show on July 4. People arrive early — very early — to stake out their turf on the bridge. The festive atmosphere brings out all kinds of food vendors. Ice cream treats are especially popular. Also spotted along the riverbank: a food wagon selling foot-long hotdogs.
The Third Avenue Bridge spans the Mississippi River between downtown and southeast Minneapolis. The bridge is not open to motor vehicle traffic any longer. But it was preserved by the city as a pedestrian bridge. It’s a great amenity to the city, with terrific views of historic St. Anthony Falls on the upriver side, and the University of Minnesota on the downriver side.

 


 

A man plays the trumpet on Nicollet Mall.

A lone trumpeter holds forth on Nicollet Mall on July 4. He was settled in on a bench across from the IDS Building.

 


 

Red white and blue logo for WCCO-TV on July 4.

WCCO-TV’s signal tower logo was decked out in red, white and blue colors in honor of Independence Day.

 


 

 

Downtown Minneapolis has a variety of faces.

Couple of guys on Nicollet Mall in costume.

You never know who you’re going to meet when you take a walk down Nicollet Mall. These two colorfully adorned guys were hanging down by the Loring Greenway on July 4. They hailed me as I walked by and asked if I’d take their picture – using their iPhone. I did, and then I took a photo of my own with my camera. I think they’d be pleased with the result. Nice guys.

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Sign O’ The Times Ahead At Macy’s

Posted on July 15, 2012. Filed under: Doug Hovelson Photography, Minneapolis, Public Relations, Retail | Tags: , , , , , , |

Window display from Macy's, back-to-school-theme "Social Studies," mannequins sporting colorful fall fashion; photo © Doug Hovelson 2012

Macy’s window display “Social Studies” heralds back-to-school retail season – at the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s

Colorful window display at the Minneapolis Macy’s in mid-July, the youth look for fall.

Abreast with the unveiling of the new fall fashion themes at Macy’s is the news today that retail sales in the U.S. slowed across a broad swatch of industry segments recently. Seen as a sign of economic downshifting – again! Retail sales fall – Reuters.

Humpty-Dumpty II, also known herein as the American economy, suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Every loud bang in the global economy sends HDII scrambling for cover. Incoming! What’s to be done? Stick to your knitting, amp up the emphasis on vivid colors and dramatic imagery, shoot for the youth market — the kids will be alright — they still need to make brave fashion statements no matter what the economic situation. Can the kids put HDII back together again? We’ll see.

Meanwhile, enjoy the creative merchandising show from retailers like Macy’s.

[Editor’s note: the writer not once mentioned Lady Gaga in this fashion-forward piece.]

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