East Lake thrives during Open Streets

For the past five years, Minneapolis streets in summertime are turned into walkways, bike lanes and a place to enjoy community. East Lake Street last Sunday was no exception. It’s one of the most diverse streets in the city, and that spirit came out in force during Open Streets. If you missed it, here’s a photo sampling of the day.  


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Here’s what you missed at this year’s FLOW arts crawl [Photos]

The tenth annual FLOW arts crawl kicked off Thursday, July23rd. Artist projects, galleries and a good time was had by all. See for yourself… PLOT Gallery (1016 W. 27th St., Mpls) has transformed a vacant used car lot (Western Motors) on West Broadway, just east of the Capri Theater, into a temporary art space. Gallery co-owner Ace Rice and a group of independent artists painted, sprayed, carved, chain-sawed and squirted their works into being on Saturday. Continue Reading

86th Annual Northeast Parade [Photos]

Intermittent sprinkles couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of several thousand parade-goers who lined the curbs of Central Avenue for the 86th annual Northeast Parade. The family-friendly event brought out people from both nearby neighborhoods and throughout the city. They were entertained by floats with queens and schoolkids, mariachi bands and flamenco dancers, shriners in golf carts, marching bands with flag-spinners, circling unicyclists, mounted horsemen and a dozen SUVs sporting enormous wheel rims.

Here’s a look at the event from the paraders’ point of view:

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Planning, public input underway for new Northeast Park building

There will be a new recreation building at Northeast Park, and here’s how the public is weighing in on how it will look and how it will be used.The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board held an open house at Northeast Library Dec. 11. Park Board Project managers Dana Murdoch and Kate Lamers and members of Perkins+Will Architects were on hand to guide visitors through a series of info boards illustrating the aspects of the recreation building, at a site in the northeast corner of the Northeast Athletic Field park, on Johnson Street near 16th Avenue NE.On display were time line charts (showing a possible start of construction in mid-2015), results of a MPRB online survey which asked for uses for the facility, preliminary site plans, and a number of photos of existing community buildings around the country. Visitors were given sticky notes to make comments on the design photos, and vote for preferred roof treatments, landscapes, facades, and other architectural solutions. The building itself has a basic floor plan, but not a formal design, yet.Doron Clark, Chair of the twelve-member Community Advisory Committee for this project, said that his committee will consider a design for recommendation at their January 12 public meeting at Logan Park (6-8:30 p.m.). Continue Reading

Homegrown Minneapolis hands out “Heroes” awards

“Unity will come to local farming, and prosperity will come to the local economy” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said in her remarks at the Third Annual Homegrown Minneapolis Open House last Wednesday. The mayor added that “the thoughtfulness and consideration of all of you here helps make sure that everyone can do better, now and in the future.”

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