BEST VIEW Minneapolis 2005 - Light Rail
We can't take credit for first celebrating the quixotic qualities of the city as seen from a light rail car--that goes to Southwest Journal columnist Robert Gerloff, who last year wrote: "As seen from the street, the city often looks flat and two-dimensional, with endless blocks of building facades facing out like a huge stage set. However, like some giant three-dimensional video game, the light rail line twists behind those formal facades, swoops over the streets, and shoots along corridors far from the normal grid. The first time I rode the light rail I was so disoriented that--despite having lived here for 25 years--I didn't have a clue as to where I was. The effect is exhilarating. I felt as if I were seeing Minneapolis for the first time." Perfect. But what he didn't mention is that, at night, the city-by-rail becomes even more romantic. Especially with a warm flask and a hot date.