I did a Volksmarch Walk on Saturday that centered on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. Summit Avenue is noted as being a well-preserved example of a Victorian residential boulevard. It was named as one the ten "great streets" in the United States by the American Planning Association. The houses in Summit were built primarily between 1890 - 1920. The oldest houses are the east end of the street and they become more modern as one moves west culminating at the Mississippi River.
Running parallel to Summit is Grand Avenue. Grand is now mixed, both residential houses and shops. Traditionally, Grand was shops. This is where the servants in the large houses on Summit would go to do the grocery shopping and shopping for all other necessities. There were and are no shops on Summit Avenue.
I drive these two streets many times a year, but seldom walk more than a block or two, so this walk provided a chance to see what one doesn't see while driving.
I also saw things in yards I would not have noticed while driving.
Saint Paul has a program for sidewalk poetry. Every once in awhile there is a call for submission of poems. Then the poems are cut into a piece of sidewalk. And of course, the only way one can read this poetry is to be walking and then "stumble" upon one. This one about Love is quite powerful. It was not signed so I don't know the author.
Of course, I saw many beautiful flowers. The early spring plus all the rain in May has left the city in a riot of flowers.
Hope you enjoyed this view of Summit Avenue by not even having to walk!