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Ann Treacy writes for the Blandin Foundation's Broadband Initiative project for rural Minnesota. Email her at anntreacy [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net.
When Minnesota became a state in 1858, the area now known as Macalester-Groveland was part of the Fort Snelling military reserve. This area, known as Reserve Township, was annexed by the City of St. Paul in 1887.
The Macalester-Groveland neighborhood is home to several post-secondary institutions, many of which date back to before a majority of the area was settled. In 1884, Macalester College moved to its present site at Grand and Snelling Avenues. The College of St. Thomas (now known as the University of St. Thomas) was established in 1885 and the St. Paul Seminary was built upon its present Summit Avenue location in the early 1894.
During the late 1880s and early 1890s, a unique residential area was developed immediately to the west of Macalester College. This area, known as "Tangletown," has numerous winding streets and an eclectic mix of architecture. During the same period, a farm near the present intersection of Randolph and Lexington Avenues was developed into homes.
In 1890, the first electric streetcar line was built in Saint Paul. This streetcar line helped to link the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood with downtown Saint Paul. The result of this connection was a significant amount of commercial and residential development along the Randolph and Snelling streetcar lines. A majority of homes in the Macalester-Groveland area date back to the era between 1915 and the late 1920s, when streetcar use was in its prime. (Description from Macalester Groveland Community Council page. Visit www.macgrove.org to learn more about this neighborhood.)
The Khyber Pass Café hosts “adventurous improvised” music every Thursday at 9:00. Last Thursday featured Adam Linz, and Paul Metzger and JT Bates playing Free Jazz, which I overheard Linz describe as music revolving around jazz. I liked the description of the music revolving around something rather than being something direct; the musicians seem to connect in the same way. They revolve their music around each other rather than directly playing together.
A warm buzz of excitement filled the air on Friday night at Macalester College’s Mairs Concert Hall. Well before the doors opened, hundreds of eager concertgoers filled the lobby, speaking excitedly about the evening’s featured performers. The mass of students that packed the concert hall first was soon joined by an inrush of community members and music afficianados, so that few seats were left by the time the lights dimmed and the Lorelei Ensemble took the stage for a splendid concert of vocal music.