MPLSzine - The Downtown Issue

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The Foshay Tower

Is my favorite place in Minnesota. The Foshay Tower was the first skyscraper in Minnesota, completed months before the stock market crash of 1929. Mr. Foshay, the business man that build it was later imprisoned for “defrauding investors”. At the time the public was set on blaming individuals for their companies sudden failure, rather than the national stock crisis. Anyway, he had to be pardoned by TWO presidents. I think the Foshay Tower represents really romantic ideals of a time when big business wasn’t synonymous with corruption and greed. When business men were the creative people, thinking and innovating.


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