#TBT Old West

Even when these guys had all the space of the west, they built their buildings right next to each other because they understood that it benefits all of them to put businesses side by side.

It’s the same reason that you go to Blue Bricks and end up at Pub, or you go to the Dork Den and end up at Friesens, it’s the reason the Mall works. Density, especially in commercial settings, benefits everyone.

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About Matthias Leyrer

Matthias Leyrer is a resident of Mankato looking to restore a fraction of its old glory. He writes about the economic, aesthetic, practical and financial issues facing the city of Mankato going forward.