Dinkytown vacancies don't faze property, business owners

A man looks at the building where Bruegger's Bagels was located on 14th Avenue in Dinkytown on July 10, 2014. The shop closed in June because of an increase in the retail space's rent rate. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

Vacant Dinkytown storefronts aren’t a sign of a waning business district, property owners in the area say.

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As another 'long, hot summer' threatens North Minneapolis, community members gather to talk solutions

After the latest rash of violence on Minneapolis’ North Side over the last couple of weeks, community residents and civic leaders are all searching for ways to stop it. Many are calling this the 21st Century’s version of “a long, hot summer” in the city.

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Recognizing the past at Rondo Days 2014

Rondo Days Parade 2012

On Saturday July 19, 2014, the Rondo Avenue celebration will be held. This year's theme is "Recognizing the Past, Honouring the Present, and Soaring into the Future." This theme reflects on our collective experiences as a people. Every day, we experience events that would break the spirit of ordinary people, but as a resilient people, we have managed to find the silver lining. Time and time again we have found positive responses to adversity. The annual Rondo Days celebration is a testament of our resilience. Here is a little history of the Rondo Days celebration.

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Neighbors put pedestrians first on West 29th Street

For the folks who missed the West 29th Street Reconstruction Open House in May, you missed the ultimate rarity: a public meeting in which everyone seems to agree on something! 29th might in fact be the most pot-holed and least attractive street in the city, but this didn’t seem to sway folks’ decidedly pro-pedestrian enthusiasm. Planners from Minneapolis’ CPED greeted the crowd with a completely open mind for the street’s future. In response, nearly everyone in attendance named ‘walkability’ as their top priority for the street’s redesign.

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ST. PAUL NOTES | Drumming up community at Kopplin's

More than a dozen drums of all shapes and sizes line the sidewalk on Marshall Avenue outside a storefront. The drummers, too, come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and ages. It's Tuesday night, and time for the weekly drum circle in front of Kopplin's Café (2038 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul).

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A stroll through Langford Park

Langford Park on a July afternoon is a hive of activity.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Buster's on 28th reopens

The patio announces the news: Buster's on 28th has reopened!

After over a year, Buster’s on 28th has reopened.

The popular restaurant closed after a fire during last summer's "solstice storm” on June 21, 2013.

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Ascension Church plans for demolition of 1707 Bryant Ave North

It came to my attention this week through the Old North Minneapolis Facebook page that Ascension church wants to demolish a property they own at 1707 Bryant Avenue North.  As one can see from the photos, this house is in wonderful shape.  Even if some work is needed, I have little doubt that the place could be successfully rehabbed.  So the unanswered question is why this house should be torn down at all?

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Memoirs of an 80s Minneapolis Slacker: Fear and loafing in the Whittier neighborhood, '79 - '86

In 1979 we saw, near the southwest corner of Whittier, an excellent pre-internet publicity stunt: on the exterior wall of the Yukon Club, then a 3.2 joint at Grand and Lake, a frame in which posters for events at the bar should have appeared. Within the frame, handwritten, it said: “Live. The Pistons. But not here.”

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