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Made Here showcases Minneapolis street art

Made Here is an ongoing street art festival sponsored by Hennepin Theatre Trust and Andersen Windows. It launched Friday night (July 11) with performances, great food and a tour of visual art stationed around downtown Minneapolis. As a lover of street art, I think it's fantastic. Street art gives people an opportunity to stop and pay attention. It spurs conversation. In a climate where we run from our car to the building to car because it's too cold to stop, it's fun to have an excuse to get out of the car, to visit downtown and to dawdle on the way to a meeting or appointment.

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A Minneapolis housing boom explainer

Minneapolis is hot! The Metropolitan Council recently noted that we popped back up above 400,000 residents after adding almost 9,000 people between 2012 and 2013. The area along the Midtown Greenway has been completely transformed in the past decade–eleven separate projects, ten of which are residential, have been built along its Uptown stretch since 2004. There are residential towers sprouting in Downtown Minneapolis, Loring Park, and the University of Minnesota area.

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Bluff Street Bicycle Trail Project, connecting downtown to U of M campus, could be completed by mid-July

A woman walks her bike past an area where the Bluff Street Bicycle Trail Project is being built. The nearly quarter-mile project will connect the University area to downtown Minneapolis. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

After opening last August, a citywide bicycle project is nearing completion with a new connection between the University of Minnesota’s campus and downtown Minneapolis.

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METRO Green Line Opening Day

06/14/2014 (All day)

The METRO Green Line will officially open at 10 a.m. on June 14. There will be community celebrations at nine stations along the Green Line throughout the day on June 14, and you can ride any Metro Transit service – buses, METRO lines and Northstar commuter trains – for free on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15. Free Green Line buses will provide frequent supplemental service between stations.

Party on the Green Line for June 14 opening day

Test trains have been moving along University Avenue for weeks in anticipation of the June 14 Green Line launch.

The rides are free, and there’s a party at every stop. In fact, the festivities associated with the opening of the Metro Transit Green Line on June 14 amount to one long linear carnival celebrating the uniqueness of the neighborhoods along the light-rail route.

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Are we ready for the Green Line?

After five years of getting ready, the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative says yes: we're ready and the Green Line is (finally) almost here. Business, jobs, housing, transit access and investment were all up for discussion April 23 as the Collaborative presented the 2014 Central Corridor Tracker Report at its fifth annual stakeholder event at St. Paul's Union Depot.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Chastity Brown Band at the Mill City Museum

Chastity Brown at MIll City Museum

Wednesday, August 28 was the final night of the Mill City Live series, it ended on a bluesy high note with the Chastity Brown Band. Chastity Brown is one of the most gracious musicians I have seen. She thanked everyone for coming to the show for being part of the community of music. She got people singing along, got them clapping and got them standing if not dancing. She called out to friends from the stage and I got the feeling that while she smiled as if they were long lost cousins that really they just might be long-standing fans. And she shared about her life and love of music. She described herself as a folks singer and a Minnesota outsider who has been welcomed in. She spoke about the stage as a front porch.

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MUSIC REVIEW | The Cactus Blossoms at the Mill City Museum

Cactus Blossoms at Mill CIty Museum

Listening to old school country music used to be a guilty pleasure but musicians such as the The Cactus Blossoms are making it cool again one note at a time. They sounded great on Wednesday, August 21 in the Ruin Courtyard of the Mill City Museum.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Communist Daughter at the Mill City Museum

Communist Daughter between sets at the Mill City Museum

On Wednesday, August 14, Communist Daughter played to a sold-out crowd at the Mill City Museum. I haven’t seen Communist Daughter since last fall so it was nice to hear a blend of old favorites and some new songs in the back drop of a setting that seems ironically opulent.

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