The Phillips neighborhood includes East, West, and Midtown Phillips. Phillips is a diverse area in many ways: its population includes people of many nationalities; it has a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses; and it is home to several large employers such as Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Wells Fargo Mortgage, Allina Health Care Services, the Green Institute/Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center, along with small neighborhood businesses. The Midtown Exchange project—which redeveloped the vacant Sears building at Chicago Avenue and Lake Street into a mixed-used development of offices, hotel, retail, a global market, and housing—is one of the neighborhood's great assets. Phillips is well-connected to other parts of the city via the LRT Lake Street/Midtown station, high-frequency bus service, and The Midtown Greenway—a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor with bicycling and walking trails, the stunning Martin Olav Sabo Bridge, and the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center. Housing in Phillips is as diverse as its residents—there are pre-war single-family homes in a variety of styles, new apartments and condominiums along the Greenway, and low-rise, multi-family apartment buildings. For a whimsical tour of the neighborhood's main street, visit "Right on Lake Street," an interactive exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society. (Description from livemsp.org.)
I had been looking forward to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’s annual Art in Bloom show since March. I’d never gone before, and considering the lack of spring we’ve had this year I figured it would be a great way to usher in the new season. As with most events that I anticipate with no prior experience I set my expectations ridiculously high.