One of the most striking features of Minneapolis is its bridges. The two bridges that people most identify with are the Stone Arch Bridge and the Hennepin Avenue Suspension Bridge. Crossing over the Mississippi on I-35 West, the Stone Arch bridge is one of the first things that catches your eye. Crossing over the Hennepin Bridge and to see it lit up at night, or to see the Grain Belt sign are two images that I strongly associate with the city.
I came across more information on the Stone Arch Bridge in the Gross Report Blog from Stephen Gross, and really appreciated his thoughts as well as knowing that a bridge can be a powerful symbol that speaks to so many people.
I live near the Stone Arch Bridge. It is unbelievably beautiful. These days, we’re all very much used to civil engineering architecture to consider beauty an afterthought. After seeing countless ugly concrete overpasses and otherwise ho-hum office highrises, I’m delighted to see a beauty such as the Stone Arch bridge.