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Highland Park


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.

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Askov Finlayson's sold-out North hat

Forget Midwest. We Are North: Repositioning MSP's National Identity for the 21st Century

According to a recent panel discussion, we need to own our cold climate and our ingenuity in order to attract new talent, continue fueling the innovation at the heart of our economy, and create a new and authentic national identity. Shall we call ourselves the North?  

Photo by Micah Taylor/Flickr

Cycling in the Cities: Seven New Local Inventions for Bike Enthusiasts Here and Around the Globe

The Twin Cities is a leader in bicycle use and a major innovator in bicycle design and technology. The seven inventions profiled here have, or will have, an impact on the local and global cycling industry. And the pace of innovation shows no sign of slowing down.    

Shawn Combs Walding, photo by Brian Martucci

Q+A: Shawn Combs Walding, MnDOT's Transit Advantages Coordinator

We recently sat down with Shawn Combs Walding, MnDOT’s Transit Advantages Coordinator for the Twin Cities Metro District to discuss alternative transportation in the Twin Cities, what local entities can do to promote transit use, and how easy it really is to be car-free. 

Heather Fredrickson and Kevin Flynn

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.

Practical Goods Flier

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.
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