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Parachute Cloth Mural Builds Community in South Minneapolis

How can a new school introduce itself to a community? Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School in south Minneapolis is using principals of placemaking and robust community engagement to create and install a 2,000 sq. ft. public mural to say “hello” to their neighborhood. Folwell, located at the border of the Corcoran and Standish neighborhoods (20th Ave S […]

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2015 Dinkytown a Bit More Chain Store-y Than 2007 Dinkytown, Study Finds

Dinkytown: Is it full of chain stores now? We have heard that this is the case. Is this the case? Read on! Methodology It’s hard to measure something like this 100% accurately–for our purposes, we’re looking at commercial storefronts in a five block area of Dinkytown. The actual borders of Dinkytown are a bit vague; […]

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Council Member Lisa Bender addresses the annual meeting of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association.

The Linden Hills Model for Neighborhood Participation

Aside from a few highly restrictive neighborhood organizations, becoming a candidate for leadership in most Minneapolis neighborhoods couldn’t be easier (as my own biggest fan, I recently had the pleasure of nominating myself). Voting, however, is unnecessarily burdensome. In Lowry Hill East, which has a fairly typical process, the election happens around 8 p.m. Nominations […]

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I Thought I Heard Goats

Saturday, September 27, 2014 Frogtown, Como, Highland Park The stunning September weather continued for another weekend, bringing enough sun and warmth to almost blot out thoughts of putting my bike away for the season. The points of interest started in Frogtown with the Church of Saint Columba, the iconic Catholic church on Lafond Street. I […]

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On the Edge of Downtown

Macalester-Groveland, West End, Downtown 13.4 Miles September 20, 2014 There are sales galore in Mac-Groveland on this beautiful Saturday. I made two stops on the same block of Palace Avenue in Mac-Groveland today, both for ornamentation so unusual they could (and may still) be recognized on the “Quirky Saint Paul” page of this blog. First, […]

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Schools, Pools, Beer and Deer

Macalester-Groveland, Highland Park, West End Saturday, September 6, 2014 11.9 miles: Students in Saint Paul went back to school this week, making the visit to one of my favorite school buildings, Randolph Heights Elementary, apropos. This gorgeous 1916 building has several uncommon and attractive elements. The first is the Spanish-influenced design itself. Lead architect Charles […]

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Map Monday: Rankings of Minneapolis Neighborhoods by Overall Health

Today’s  map shows Minneapolis neighborhoods by their overall health — defined not only as the health of its residents, but also of the neighborhood’s environment, economy, schools, social institutions, housing, transportation, and safety.  (View detailed rankings here and search by address here.) The map was created using data from the Healthy Communities Assessment Tool (HCAT), which was launched […]

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The plaque posted near the entrance to Toni Stone Field with details about her

Stone and Diamonds

August 2, 2014 Lexington-Hamline, Summit-University, Midway, Como 14.5 miles Athletes and sports have played a big part in Saint Paul history. In recent years much of the recognition has gone to those from Cretin-Derham Hall High School. Decades ago, however, several neighborhoods, especially the East Side and the Midway were well-known for their athletes and […]

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Historic Context for The Wedge’s Historic District

Last September, Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender’s office held an informational meeting regarding a proposed Lowry Hill East historic district. It was a homeowners-only affair, intended for those whose properties would be included, though there were plenty of party crashers: eager homeowners from outside the proposed boundaries, a guy from Kingfield, and at least two […]

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