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The centerpiece of this large green swathe of south and southeast Minneapolis is Lake Nokomis, one of the largest of the city's famed "Chain of Lakes." Minnehaha Creek, with its walking and running trails and bike paths, winds through it as well. The 48th and Chicago Avenue shopping district is home to the Amazon Bookstore--which was selling feminist books decades before the cyber-Amazon set up shop--and Cafe Levain, one of the leaders in Minneapolis' restaurant renaissance, reborn three years ago in a less formal incarnation.


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Make the Switch from Car to Bike Commute This Winter: Here's How

Imagine a day in a bike commuter’s boots. How does he or she prepare before walking out the door? How do they stay comfortable behind Arctic fronts and snow curtains — even the dreaded polar vortex. Here's how.


Pedals and Pints: A Guide to Your Own Bike Friendly Brewery Tour

All of these homegrown breweries are located on or near major bikeways, making for convenient — and safe — access. String two or three of these bike-friendly breweries together for a pedal-powered, DIY brewery tour.  

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Community Developers Create Room to Mingle

Twin Cities community developers aim to create more public spaces in lower-income neighborhoods as common assets for all to enjoy.

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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?  

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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.    
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