With the decline of flour milling and the deterioration of the Gateway district, there was a large gap downtown that needed to be developed. The most dramatic change to the skyline came in 1974, when the IDS Center was opened. At a height of over 775 feet when built, it dwarfed the previous highest building, the Foshay Tower. Other towers have been built all over downtown and have dramatically changed the Minneapolis skyline. Apart from Downtown, the city focused on building new sports stadiums. The most famous is the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, host of Super Bowl LII, and the 2019 Final Four. Light rail made its debut in Minneapolis with the opening of the Blue Line on June 26, 2004. This line starts in downtown Minneapolis and progresses southeastward along Minnesota State Highway 55 (also known as Hiawatha Avenue), passes Minnehaha Park on the west side, and serves the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport before it terminates at the Mall of America in Bloomington. In 2014, service began on the Green Line which connects downtown with the University of Minnesota and downtown St. Paul. Both of these lines are very popular and have seen increased ridership.
As the skyline of Minneapolis has changed, so has the riverfront. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board acquired land along the river banks and developed them into trails and parkways. Archeology along the riverfront has uncovered remnants of the flour mills built in the 1860s and 1870s. These ruins, which had once been buried with gravel and fill, are now open to the public as Mill Ruins Park. The park has signs interpreting the history of the area and the buildings that had once been there. The Washburn "A" Mill, severely damaged by a 1991 fire but now stabilized, now hosts the Mill City Museum, opened in 2003 by the Minnesota Historical Society.
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