Author Archive | Wolfie Browender

Garden Parties

July 3, 2016 Macalester-Groveland, Rondo (Frogtown), North End 16.7 Miles The creativity of fellow Saint Paulites continues to dazzle and impress. Unique yards and remarkable gardens, the most commonplace form of self-expression I see on rides, is evident in every part of Saint Paul, which this trip proved. With an abundance of streets – more […]

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Replacing Factories On the North End

June 12, 2016 Midway, Frogtown (Rondo), North End, Como Park 17.5 Miles   There is a lot (an undeveloped property, not a large number of things) on the southeast corner of Lexington Parkway and Central Avenue. This rectangle of grass puzzles me for several reasons. First, it’s on a very busy part of Lexington, just […]

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Where the Grass Really is Greener

June 5, 2016 Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland, Summit-University/Rondo, North End, Como 19 miles This ride featured significant stops in five neighborhoods. First, Highland Park where I spotted what strikes me as a house with a mullet because it’s all business in the front and a party in the back. Macalester-Groveland Grand Avenue plus the first Sunday […]

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Living in Union Depot

May 21, 2016 Lowertown, Downtown 15 miles The grand and solemn Saint Paul Union Depot is a train station. Although this seems patently obvious, Union Depot in fact took a 43 year break – from 1971 until 2014 – as the train station for Saint Paul. Today, Saint Paul Union Depot is a transit hub, […]

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Remnants of Stonebridge

May 20, 2016 Macalester-Groveland, Desnoyer Park 10 Miles Stonebridge. Today, it’s little more than a two block long street in Macalester-Groveland. From the 1910s into the early ‘30s, however, Stonebridge was the grandest estate in Saint Paul. To this day, the mystique of Stonebridge remains fascinating to local historians because of estate’s size, extravagance and […]

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A Schoolhouse, A Parkview, A Lakeview

April 16, 2016 Highland Park, Hamline-Midway, Como, North End 17 Miles April rides can look gloomy no matter the temperature, with few signs of spring, and sandy grit still on many roads. No matter, that first ride of the spring is always exciting. The first stop on the first ride of 2016 was 2122 Highland […]

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A Different Collection of Plates

Oct 19, 2015 Union Park, Hamline-Midway 8.8 miles Even though it was nearing the end of the season for a blogging bike ride, Mother Nature was with me this glorious October day as the temperature peaked at 76 degrees. It had taken more than a year to get this interview arranged. By the time I […]

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Below THE Summit

October 10, 2015 12 Miles; Summit-University, Crocus Hill This ride wasn’t long in terms of mileage but it covered substantial amounts of local history and altitude. The front of 744 Ashland, built as the Temple of Aaron Synagogue, and now apartments. This is the rather unusual entrance to the apartment building at 744 Ashland Avenue […]

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It Looks Like the Suburbs

September 25, 2015 Macalester-Groveland, Rondo (Lexington-Hamline), Frogtown 14.8 Miles I may be a bit of an anomaly as a bike rider because I am also a “car guy.” What I mean by that is I am fascinated by cars, and have been since I was a child. I still enjoy the introduction of new models, […]

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Color burst from the boulevard in front of 193 Griggs Street North, despite the low-hanging clouds that spawned drizzle.

Secrets Within Saint Paul Central

September 18, 2015 9.8 Miles Macalester-Groveland, Merriam Park, Lex-Ham From out of the patchy grey sky came intermittent sprinkles and the threat of heavier precipitation, but none of that was enough to keep me from my 2 p.m. appointment. Working in my favor was the ride wasn’t long, so I’d make it, even in a […]

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