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Highland Park

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It's mostly a green, quiet, tree-lined neighborhood of postwar-era houses, but Highland has some surprises as well: a flourishing Hasidic Jewish community, the multi-ethnic Sibley Plaza mall, home to La Hacienda, a pan-South-American restaurant and a Kiev, a comprehensive Russian grocery store, and the lively  business district on Ford Parkway, with a medley of urban offerings: from one of the city's best movie theaters to the hip Highland Grill--Australian-style fish and chips a specialty--and Punch Neapolitan Pizza, which was dishing out southern-Italian-style traditional pizza before that retro-purist trend hit New York.

Highland Park Features

Turning a Modernist Classic Green in Highland Park

When Heather and Brent Fredrickson bought a modernist house in a historic Saint Paul neighborhood that was something of a midcentury architectural showcase, they had one big problem: an awkward bathroom. The remodel they did added a 21st-century environmental ethic to the whole home.

In Praise of Bricks and Mortar

Geographer Bill Lindeke has an eye for the urban details that make the Twin Cities pleasurable and intriguing--and when those details have something to do with the walkable portions of our streets, they're likely to appear as images or words in his blog, Twin City Sidewalks. In this post, from last week, he highlights a Saint Paul store that embodies--and symbolizes--why, in an age of burgeoning online commerce, we will always need real places to buy things.

Serious Java: The Twin Cities' new generation of artisan coffee shops

A handful of local coffee shops are redefining the coffee experience as an art form. From sourcing to roasting, grinding to "latte art," their watchword is quality. If you're looking for quick joe to grab and go, you may need to adjust your expectations upward.

The Big Picture 6: Peter Musty on our neighborhoods and ourselves

For urban designer Peter Musty, who's collaborating on plans for the Loring neighborhood in Minneapolis and the Ford site in St, Paul, walkable, transit-focused neighborhoods are non-negotiable. We need them for our health and prosperity--and to help our culture calm down.

The natural-pet-foods movement is growing, and Woody's is its Twin Cites headquarters

We love our pets, and we're coming to realize that over-processed foods are no better for them than they are for us. Hence the natural-pet-food movement, and new businesses like Enrique and Michelle Palma's Woody's Pet Food Deli, where "human-grade" pet food is for sale. For the Palmas and their customers, feeding pets better isn't sentiment or anthropomorphism--it's good science and good sense.
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