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Payne - Phalen

Payne Avenue is one of the most colorful streets in Saint Paul, once the center of Swedish immigrant enterprise, then a mix of antique shops and empty storefronts, today a developing Little Mexico. And Lake Phalen is yet another of the Twin Cities' flourishing, and well-used, urban bodies of water. Together they define a neighborhood that combines a rich urban fabric--many of the buildings on Payne predate the 1890s--with plenty of greenery for strolling or biking.


The Floating Library

July Arts and Culture: Floating, Reading, Feasting and Exploration

Farm-fresh produce, handmade books on a floating library, historic walking tours along the Green Line and feasting locally are our top picks for July arts and culture in MSP.   

Arlington Hills Library

Museums and Libraries as Co-Creators of Change

New research reveals the catalytic role that libraries and museums are playing in rebuilding troubled neighborhoods. These important  "anchor institutions" are helping drive economic, educational and social efforts in their neighborhoods.


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.  

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.    
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