Archive | December, 2013

Then & Now: Rice and University

I saw this photo on the MNHS archive a while back and it just floored me. Rice and University look nothing like this today, and indeed haven’t looked this way since they built that big white building with the dome there in 1904.         There used to be a streetcar line that […]

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Road Diets: 10th Avenue SE Minneapolis, MN

Working with local governments, Bike Walk Twin Cities is adding nearly 90 miles of new bike ways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities and investing in innovative programs (such as Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing and the Sibley Community Partners Bike Library) community outreach (through the Bike Walk Ambassadors and St. Paul Smart-Trips’ neighborhood marketing), […]

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Friday Photo – Circumambulating the Dome

The area around the Metrodome oscillates between two lousy poles: it’s either packed with cars and football fans, or it’s deserted. On Sunday evening, catching a ride back into town after visiting family, I had my first experience with the former. We made the mistake of taking the Washington exit off of 35W, and immediately […]

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2013 Best Place for Local Music: First Avenue

To many, music is not an activity, it is a lifestyle. Music is both a science and an art, and to find an establishment in both crafts, one must always start in the trenches within respective locales. Very few musical acts, if any, start in a national scene, and must always climb out of the […]

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MnDOT & Met Council to Host Transportation Town Halls

Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle and Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh will be hosting a series of metro-area town halls to discuss transportation — including bicycle transport and transit — on several upcoming dates. Dates include: Tuesday, Dec. 10 – St. Paul Union Depot, Veterans Gallery, 214 E. 4th Street., St. Paul Thursday, […]

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Podcast #52 – Remembering Detroit with Joe Mahon, Beth Bowman, and Peter Schilling Jr.

The podcast this week is the first of a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while, where I gather expatriates living in the Twin Cities to talk about their former homes. This episode is a group of three people who grew up in Detroit, but now live in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area, […]

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Time to Raise Expectations for The Yard – A World Class Downtown Park

The Yard is the name of the 3.4-acre open space proposed as part of the redevelopment of five blocks of Star Tribune land adjacent to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. With all the attention being given to the stadium and secondarily to attracting Wells Fargo as a major office tenant in the […]

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2013 Best Way to Spend A Weekend Day With Kids: Minnehaha Falls

Kids. Sometimes, you can’t live with them, and you can’t just stick them in a closet and convince them that it’s a pretend Zombie Invasion Drill while you hit the flask. What’s a responsible parent to do? Get everyone of the house, of course! Our Streets.MN readers clearly prefer the great outdoors for these moments, […]

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2013 Best Neighborhood Business Node in Minneapolis: 48th Street and Chicago

The votes are in! South Minneapolis’s 48th and Chicago edged out Southeast Minneapolis’s Dinkytown by two votes as the city’s Best Neighborhood Business Node. The final tally was 19 votes to 17. The next runners up were 38th and Nicollet in South Minneapolis (12 votes) and Central and Lowry in Northeast (11 votes). No other […]

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2013 Best Neighborhood Business Node in Saint Paul: Selby and Western

If the Streets.MN Best of awards had included a category for Loveliest Neighborhood Business Node in Saint Paul, Selby and Western would’ve won that hands down. But Selby and Western didn’t need the lovely qualifier to win this category with 32.1% of the vote (26 votes out of 81). The runners up were: 2. Snelling […]

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