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Named for its major thoroughfare, the West Seventh neighborhood is a true Saint Paul mosaic: solidly blue-collar with cheerful bars and imposing churches on nearly every block, but full of entrepreneurial energy too. Coffee shops catering to pierced punkers, barber shops that have been around for generations, a café mostly staffed by alcoholics and addicts in recovery, chic salons, old-school chow mein palaces, hip tattoo parlors--and, near downtown, a cluster of bars and restaurants that have sprung up to cater to after-the-hockey-game crowds at the Xcel Energy Center.
West Seventh Features
A Line or Two: Hikes and History
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
In A Line or Two, I share some of my discoveries and enthusiasms as I make my way around the Twin Cities--call it an editor's-note-as-blog-entry. This week: A web site that makes hiking through our towns an exercise in historical imagination.
Microbrewing Revealed: A slide show
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Managing Photographer Bill Kelley--a knowledgeable home-brewer himself--explored some of our local microbrew establishments to see just how these alchemists turn grain into drinkable gold. Here's his visual record of the process.
Quirky Twin Cities bars and restaurants that take you away from the everyday: A slide show
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
When it comes to dining-and-drinking venues, there's atmosphere--and then there's
Some go the extra mile beyond a good color sense and a lively vibe to actually spirit you away to another place or time, real or imaginary. Herewith, a slide show of four of our favorite local places to escape the here-and-now.
One-wheelin': The Twin Cities are a Mecca for urban unicyclists
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sure, bikes are big in the Twin Cities--but the people who ride one-wheelers here may be even more intense, if that's possible. In fact, our towns are a world center of unicycling; all twelve of the unicyclists rated highest for riding skills--the black belts of the sport--have belonged at one time or another to the Twin Cities Unicycling Club. And just in case you think it's all about trick riding in parades or at the circus, meet the folks who ride fat-wheeled 36-inch unicycles to work--in winter.
The new/old West Seventh: Artist-led renewal honors the fabric of St. Paul's first neighborhood
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
There's art happening in Saint Paul's oldest neighborhood, the solidly blue-collar West Seventh, and it's revitalizing the area without gentrifying it. Creative types love the big houses and exhibition spaces that are available, and they're determined to remain good neighbors to the immigrants and old-line St. Paulites among whom they live.
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An artistic mini golf course to help liven up the old Schmidt Brewery
Cooper's grocery adds to the store's facade with a colorful mural
Healthy West 7th Initiative to set up a couple of community gardens
Summit Brewery to double its capacity with $6 million expansion
Multi-thousand dollar sculpture co-designed by Girl Scout troop goes into St. Paul park
$10 million to make Cossetta's Italian Market and Pizzeria even more of a destination
Dominium Development planning to rehab old Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company
$5 million cleanup underway to make St. Paul's Victoria Park a park
Signs point bikers to 10-state route linking Twin Cities to New Orleans along the Mississippi River
Jefferson bike boulevard to have river at both ends
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