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Downtown/Lowertown


The vista of downtown is anchored by two domed symbols of the city: the massive, ornate grey eminence of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the center of the city's rich Catholic culture, and the white Minnesota State Capitol, designed by native son Cass Gilbert. At their feet, a downtown graced with fine old buildings like the Saint Paul Hotel, the Hamm Building (home to the French-inflected Meritage restaurant and to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's public rehearsal hall), and the Landmark Center, a former courthouse where many of the city's cultural and arts organizations have their offices. Lowertown, in downtown's southeast quadrant, is an artists' quarter of fine live-work spaces in former warehouses, with hip cafes and fine restaurants on the ground floors or nearby.

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Where To Take Winter Visitors in MSP: 14 Time-Tested Activities

As anyone who’s spent a winter in MSP knows, the pace of life here doesn’t drop with the temperature or the snow. Show your visitors a great time this month with these classic MSP winter activities.

Laura Zabel

Springboard: A Community Development Organization By and For Artists

Meet Laura Zabel, urban innovator. At Springboard for the Arts, she's leading a national movement to support and engage artists as a vital part of community development.

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Winter Carnival 2016: Where to Go, What to Do Via Metro Transit

The St. Paul Winter Carnival is a celebration of all things cold, snowy and fun, including bundled-up parades, dazzling ice sculptures and treasure hunts. Here's how and when to get to the carnival’s signature events using Metro Transit.  

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January Arts and Culture: Bundle Up and Go!

In MSP, we certainly know how to keep busy, stay intellectually and creatively stimulated, and promote community growth—whatever the weather. In arts and culture this month, we kick off the New Year with a furry feminist art takeover.      

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10 Redevelopment Projects Transforming MSP in 2016

MSP is in the midst of a redevelopment boom that has touched nearly every part of the Twin Cities. Here are 10 projects opening in 2016 that will further transform our neighborhoods and communities. 
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