The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 16, 2013

Krohn: Area has a good start on urban must-haves


Wolfe calls them “Architectural styles that mix commercial and residential uses, and offer ‘eyes on the street’ from open verandas above.”

Great concept.

We don’t have any.

Culturally indigenous engravings in the built environment

Wolfe says designs should reflect important cultural aspects of its builders. He points to Portugal where a common feature of public squares reflects the ocean.

We lack the engravings, but we have plenty of beautiful Kasota stone in our buildings, a nod to the oldest business in Mankato — quarrying of the unique limestone that lies buried in the area.

We could do a lot more to incorporate the milling, farming and river cultures into our architecture and public spaces.


Tim Krohn is a Free Press staff writer. He can be contacted at 344-6383 or tkrohn@

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