Sunrise shot of city from the suburbs makes Mpls skyline look small [PHOTO]

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Instagram user orbeq took the above photo this morning.

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His sunrise shot was taken from an office park in Minnetonka near Highway 169 and the Crosstown.

Makes our big bustling city look pretty small, doesn't it?

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Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Come day Minnesotans will accept that their city is very small.

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Come day Minnesotans will accept that their city is very small.

zach.pasdoe
zach.pasdoe

@ Aaron Rupar.  You do realize Minnetonka is roughly 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis, right?  Also, for all those bringing New York City and Chicago into the conversation, why bother?  Both NYC and Chicago have been major cities for a long time (NYC since the early 1800s and Chicago since the early 1900s) whereas Minneapolis is fairly new to the scene. Furthermore, NYC has about 8.3 million within its city boundaries of 302 sq miles and Chicago has about 2.7 million people within 227 sq miles. Minneapolis, on the other hand, has 392,000 in 55 sq miles. * Population numbers are 2012 estimates.

Cory Eischen
Cory Eischen

Um... The reason it looks small is because it is small and anything will look even smaller when viewed from a hundred miles away.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Yup.  The diameter of the sun is only about 1/4-1/2" as well.

Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

Echo what's said. People who are visiting are surprised how small Minneapolis really is. Back in the 50's it had over 100,000 more people (a population that city leaders, including the current mayor, want to reach again)

RoscoPeekoTrain
RoscoPeekoTrain

Since when is Minneapolis is a "big bustling city"? Apparently you haven't traveled very much. 

Ärëly Coricci
Ärëly Coricci

I'm from Mexico City which is one of the largest cities in the world, and I recently visited Chicago, I got to say I was very impressed, it reminded of home a lot. Yet I got to say that I love Minneapolis Downtown, just for being small and quite.. Chicago was just too busy for me...

JL1969
JL1969

I just came back from NY and Boston.  Midtown Manhattan has 10 times as many big buildings, and its not even 1/10th of "Manhattan".   Boston is much larger too. 

But the real problem is how far away people are willing to live, as shown in the photo.  And how far the Metro Council is willing to extend service infrastructure.  Still waiting for more freeway tolls to discourage this kind of sprawl, or help pay for it if that's what people really want.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

All that proves is that Minnetonka is far away and the iphone camera sucks.

Jason Kroll
Jason Kroll

So if I take a picture of the Minneapolis skyline from my house in Saint Paul, when it doesn't show up, does it mean it's even there?.

Ed Smelser
Ed Smelser

Big doesn't always equal better....cities with larger downtowns have more of the same and can easily get out of balance. We've got two medium sized cities instead of one big city and that's just how we roll :-)

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Well...I guess this beats another petty criminal post by Aaron's dumbass.

Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

Yes, like Penn said, it IS small. I'll never forget my first time coming down I-90 in to Chicago and seeing the sprawling skyscrapers on the horizon, I was blown away at how tall and how numerous the buildings were. That of course is also the charm of Minneapolis. Not too big, not too small, just right...

Penn Bowen
Penn Bowen

It IS small. You need to get out more.

orbeq
orbeq

Sorry, I tried to zoom in on the sun, but my iPhone 4 camera couldn't penetrate the smog.

orbeq
orbeq

I'd agree with your general sentiment on sprawl

Ironically, I live 1.5 miles from downtown in NE Minneapolis and have to commute to Minnetonka (by bike,, thank God for hte Cedar Lake Trail) to make a living. I wish I could work closer to home. So the spatial mismatch isn't just about residential preferences, it's also about employer location preferences. There are more Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the TC suburbs than there in the core city itself. But yes, the built environment catalyzes these types of location decisions.

RoscoPeekoTrain
RoscoPeekoTrain

@Katherine Schaffer 

I just moved here from Portland and I find Minneapolis to be very stark and depressing. 

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