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Once home to railway workers, this residential neighborhood is now a melting pot of students from the U of M and Augsburg College, countercultural young families in starter homes, and Somalis, Ethiopians, Oromo, and Eritreans from the Horn of Africa. The venerable Seward Co-Op grocery and the collectively run Seward Café are hardy, updated survivals of the neighborhood's hippie past, while the nonprofit Seward Redesign community development organization rethinks the urban fabric on a neighborhood scale.

Seward Features

Alley Activation: Pathways to Urban Revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small business.

Cooking Up Entrepreneurship in Twin Cities Incubator Kitchens

Incubator or community kitchens have been gaining momentum in the Twin Cities, bringing together food entrepreneurs, ingredients, and innovation.

VideoLine: Intercultural Opportunities

From our friends at Minnesota 2020, a video about how immigrants and their needs and preferences are helping Minnesota farmers develop new crops and new markets.

The Big Picture 9: Bruce Corrie on the power of "ethnic capital"

Often, says Concordia University economist and biz-school dean Bruce Corrie, our minority and immigrant communities are seen solely through the "problem" lens. Their struggles are real, but their contributions to our prosperity and potential for growth are greater than most majority Minnesotans realize. And Corrie's got the figures to prove it.

Behind the Bicycle Boom

Most of us in the Twin Cities are aware that we've become a great town for bicycling in recent years, but urbanist and author Jay Walljasper--an avid biker for decades--has been digging into the trend to find out the what and the why behind it. In this adaptation of an article he wrote for Bikes Belong, he fills in the story and gives us some impressive facts about the sheer scale and promise of our new two-wheel era.
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