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Always a place for urban experimentation, in the last few decades downtown Minneapolis created an innovative skyway system and a landmark pedestrian/transit street--the Nicollet Mall--and erected a clutch of skyscrapers by A-list architects. Today the jewels in downtown's crown include the Hennepin Avenue entertainment district, which hosts touring Broadway shows and major musical acts, and a new crop of boutique hotels and distinguished owner-chef restaurants. At its southern end is Loring Park, an urban oasis surrounded by trendy, gay-friendly restaurants and cafes, and the Walker Art Center, the city's internationally renowned modern-art powerhouse.


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Why MSP's Amenity-Rich Downtowns are Prime Spots for Relocating Businesses

MSP’s increasingly amenity-rich downtowns offer irresistible quality-of-life benefits that help firms attract and retain top talent. Here’s a look at why some companies moved to the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  

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5 Stops Not To Miss on the Blue Line

Metro Transit's Green Line just celebrated its first anniversary and MSP’s transit community is abuzz with a bevy of planned or under-construction projects. But there's sill plenty to see and do along MSP’s original light rail line, the Blue Line. Get reacquainted with your hometown with these five Blue Line stops.

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The Buzz on MSP's Growing Pro-Pollinator Community

MSP's increasing public awareness about the plight of pollinators has mobilized beekeepers and gardeners, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, educational institutions and government representatives to create new initiatives on behalf of bees and butterflies.

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Is Craft Beer Peaking in MSP? Not Yet, As These Five New Breweries and a Community Tap House Show

These days, MSP seems to have more independent craft beer producers than adults of legal drinking age. And yet the brewery announcements, grand openings and expansions keep coming. Are we reaching peak craft beer?


When and How Should the Public Participate in Design? The Commons Conundrum

The planning of the Commons, a two-block park in downtown Minneapolis, has captured the attention of the Twin Cities. What level of input should the public expect to have? At what stage of the project would public input have the most impact?  
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