Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 Best Neighborhood for Families in St. Paul: Mac-Groveland

The Mac-Groveland neighborhood has been voted the best neighborhood for young families in St. Paul by Streets.MN readers (inching out Hamline –Midway and Highland Park by only 2 and 3 votes).   Profiling Mac-Groveland is difficult, especially on the evening of December 23rd as one prepares for Christmas. It’s a nice place, what else is there to say? There is […]

2013 Best Place for Utilitarian Walking: Riverplace

If you’re walking to get somewhere, according to Streets.MN readers, the place to do it is East Hennepin Avenue to SE Main Street through Riverplace in Minneapolis. In the Best Place for Utilitarian Walking category, almost 30% of readers (14 votes out of 48) thought this walk from Hennepin over to the stairs at Riverplace […]

2013 Best Neighborhood for Young Families in Minneapolis: Kingfield

In 2008 the City Pages voted the Riverview Café as Best Place to Meet Other Parents. That very year the Minneapolis Public Schools elected to close Howe, an elementary school located one block away. How tone-deaf, I thought at the time. The school board should have read the City Pages and they’d have chosen to leave […]

Canal Park: Duluth’s Holiday Shopping Destination

A late Thanksgiving, along with a few days dedicated to digging out of snowstorms, has left many holiday shoppers in the northland short on time to gather their gifts. Luckily, Duluthians have Canal Park with its diverse collection of homegrown shops. Whether you are looking for time tested camping gear, locally handcrafted art, or anything […]

Stops vs. Signals

Originally posted on my blog October 9, 2010 as: 85 vehicles and pedestrians in 3:11: This movie was taken by me, with my iPhone, on the way home from work on August 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm. The five-way stop controlled intersection (Franklin Ave/ East River Road / 27th Ave) seems to have a maximum […]

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls Uploaded on Nov 30, 2011 The Carlson School of Management received a surprise visit from a saxophonist…and nearly 300 of his friends from the University of Minnesota’s School of Music this November. “Deck the Halls” arr. Francisco J. Núñez and Jim Papoulis from “Coolside of Yuletide” Special Thanks To: Greg Wrenn (saxophone), […]

2013 Best Place for Utilitarian Cycling: Summit Avenue

As a citizen cyclist, AKA utilitarian cyclist, A to B cyclist, commuter, I gladly embraced the task of reporting and commenting on: The Best Place for Utilitarian Pedaling With 45 respondents (in the survey game we call this the n size) the results are as follows: Summit Avenue                                             29% Light Rail Trail (along Hiawatha)                […]

2013 Best Civic Booster: R.T. Rybak

In 1930, noted Minnesotan Sinclair Lewis received the Nobel Prize in Literature mostly for lampooning Minnesotan provincial boosterism. In some ways, not much has changed. We still set the bar pretty darn high when it comes to hometown homers. And this year, just in time for his denauguration, readers have voted to give a […]

Flashback 1970s: Metrodome Groundbreaking

This cartoon, published in the Minneapolis Tribune in 1976, is a reminder of just how long and ugly the battle to build a domed stadium in downtown Minneapolis really was. The Twins and Vikings started pushing in the early 1970s for a new home to replace old Met Stadium in Bloomington. It wasn’t until December 20, 1979, […]