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Dayton's Bluff

Dayton's Bluff Community Garden
Dayton's Bluff Community Garden
Running from just east of downtown south to the banks of the Mississippi, Dayton's Bluff is steeped in history. It was the earliest upscale neighborhood in the city, the preferred residential quarter for the merchants and bankers who built Saint Paul, and today it's the city's largest historic district. On the bluff itself, Mounds Park enshrines six ancient Native burial mounds, while nearby are the striking new buildings of Metropolitan State University, and Swede Hollow, once an immigrant settlement, today a park. The Swede Hollow Café, perched above the park, serves coffee and imaginative pastries and sandwiches to a loyal crowd.

Dayton's Bluff Features

Rebuilding More than Houses

A pair of determined nonprofits, Minneapolis' Urban Homeworks and Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services in Saint Paul, begin by fixing up damaged, foreclosed, and derelict houses--and then go on to help strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods in many other ways.

A Line or Two: Hikes and History

In A Line or Two, I share some of my discoveries and enthusiasms as I make my way around the Twin Cities--call it an editor's-note-as-blog-entry. This week: A web site that makes hiking through our towns an exercise in historical imagination.

The Big Picture 9: Bruce Corrie on the power of "ethnic capital"

Often, says Concordia University economist and biz-school dean Bruce Corrie, our minority and immigrant communities are seen solely through the "problem" lens. Their struggles are real, but their contributions to our prosperity and potential for growth are greater than most majority Minnesotans realize. And Corrie's got the figures to prove it.

Revisiting Community Gardens: A slide show

With winter nipping at our heels, we thought it would be appropriate to take a lingering second look at the beautiful Twin Cities community gardens that Managing Photographer Bill Kelley shot back in August--eight little paradises in Saint Paul and Minneapolis where community spirit is cultivated along with the flowers and vegetables.

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