Call for Nominations: Category 2: 2013 Best Neighborhood Business Node

Category 2: Best Neighborhood Business Node.



Once we had a streetcar, we made it run, made it race against time.

Once we had a streetcar; now it’s done.

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once we built some neighborhoods nodes, on the corners of streetcar lines;

Once we built these shops, they’re not yet gone.

Brother, can you spare a dime?


 Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for Best Neighborhood Business Node.

23 thoughts on “Call for Nominations: Category 2: 2013 Best Neighborhood Business Node

  1. Dave

    48th and Chicago and it’s not even close. Small town in the big city. Mexcian, Sushi, Townie Bar, Craft Bar, Liq Store (though prices are not good there), Coffee Shop, Bike Shop, Gift Shop, Flower shop, Vet… If only they hadn’t tossed the hardware store, that was the worst!

    Best up and coming for me: 13th/University NE.

    50th and 34th will not be 48th/Chi, don’t like these analogies. Different demographic, different business balance, difference spaces available, different bones. It will be 34th/50th and that will make it great in it’s own right.

  2. Melissa

    Another vote for 48th & Chicago. A great vet clinic, bakery, several restaurant options, shops, and healthcare clinics. Very walkable, and easily accessible by bus or bike. Plus, ice cream!

  3. Alex CecchiniAlex Cecchini

    I think 48th/Chicago and 50th/34th are very comparable. 50th/34th has 2 banks, a couple restaurants/bars, a liquor store, bowling lanes, a library, and a grocery store (which is very important in a walkable neighborhood’s commercial node). It has great access to the LRT at both 50th and 46th St. It’s also got 2 dentists and a bakery to boot, plus a post office + hardware store are just 2 blocks south.

    Flip side, 48th/Chicago has a day care (Artisticrats) just a block north in addition to the amenities listed above. It also feels a little more walkable – the sidewalks aren’t so barren and fewer parking lots facing the street.

    If I had to pick, I’d take 50th/Chicago due to the grocery store. Very close, though, and I love both spots.

    1. Dave

      They are fairly similar in terms of amenities, but I think I figured out the biggest difference. 50th/34th has no trees and is flat so it is just plain uglier looking. Not to mention the building stock is just slightly better looking and there is less off street parking directly uglifying things.

      Also, 2 of the four corners on 34th/50th are just ugly parking lots while 48th/Chi is only victim to one ugly parking lot.

      48th/Chi also has a more urban feel with the apartments and duplexes as you approach from the South.

      Mostly though, it would appear to me to be the trees making it appear more intimate.

      1. Alex CecchiniAlex Cecchini

        I completely agree with each of your points. In the summer, 50th/34th feels so barren and desolate without street trees. The apartments and duplexes approaching 48th/Chicago help with the urban feel and create a larger local customer base. Like I said, I like them both a lot. I think even given its shortcomings, the proximity to the lake(s), the LRT, and the grocery store are what tipped it for me, despite the lacking details and good sidewalk design…

  4. Mitch Vars

    48th & Chicago –
    Restaurants, craft bar, dive bar, ice cream, fencing, bakery, coffee, photography, theater, candles, liquor store, sewing, salon, knick-knacks, bike shop, banking, bike race and every kind of wellness/faith healer you can think of. If only it had a Nice Ride station.

  5. Morgan

    I was impressed with the Audubon Park commercial district in NE when I was there a few weeks ago. Johnson and 29th maybe?

    The theater their is vacant and the City is trying to sell it. What it could be would be a great Streets.MN article. But it’s hard to imagine a profitable use for that building.

    I think that it’s important to remember that the theater at 48th and Chicago is operated at a loss by Pepitos (I am 95% sure of this, but I could be wrong). That’s an amazing subsidy that other nodes do not have.

    1. Joe

      Johnson and 29th is great, but it feels very one-sided. 95% of the stuff is south of 29th. Which isn’t really that much of a problem, but it doesn’t feel like an “intersection.”

  6. Joe

    Ford & Cleveland. Does it count as a node? While the new strip mally aspects aren’t great, it has everything you might want.

  7. Moe

    Another vote for 50th and 34th. No other small intersection in the city has everything that they have (library, brewpub/bowling/bar, grocery store, restaurants, outdoor clothing store, banks, barbers, bakery, etc). Oh and it’s 2 blocks from the creek, and a half mile from Minnehaha Falls and Lake Nokomis. You just can’t beat that.

    The only thing it’s missing is a great coffee shop, but Angry Catfish and Nokomis Beach aren’t too far.

  8. Bill K

    Another vote for 48th and Chicago… it’s missing a grocery store in the immediate blocks but there’s a few nearby.

    50th and 34th is a close second.

  9. Dan

    Central and Lowry NE

    Because it has a Co-op, Holy Land grocery, butcher shop, & deli, a huge Indian grocery store, and smaller latino grocers. Some restaurant options are Ecuadarian, Mexican, East African, Indian, & Thai. There’s also a Subway, short order taco places, and a soon-to-open foodie restaurant.

    There’s an organic bakery, an Afghani bakery and a Latino bakery.

    And also a barber, tanning place, dentist, tattoo parlor, headshop, bike shop, banks, cell phone stores, clothing stores, a tax service, a bowling store?!, barber school, thrift stores, dollar store, furniture store, vet, pet supply store and a pharmacy.

    Not to mention a community garden, mosque, funeral home, church, and public library.

    (48th & Chicago is a cute little urban node, but don’t you get tired of Pepitos?)

  10. Moe

    I think what amazes me the most about 34th/50th is that it basically came out of nowhere. 10 years ago there was a coffee shop, a typical grocery store, a dive bowling alley, and not much else. Then the coffee shop closed, a restaurant moved in (now Al Vento), a longtime employee bought the grocery store and made a bunch of changes to update it, new businesses started up, library was renovated. All in the last 10 years. That’s really impressive and shows that it could really happen anywhere.

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