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A north-south artery in Northeast Minneapolis that boasts some of the most authentic ethnic dining anywhere in the Twin Cities. This is a proud and colorful street full of Indian/Pakistani, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and Latin American groceries and restaurants, and brimming with make-it-work immigrant energy. The big Holy Land deli-restaurant-grocery purveyor has been a major presence here for years, well known for its fine hummus and falafel, while Sen Yai Sen Lek, an informal and design-y Thai noodle-and-rice restaurant, is a popular newcomer.

Central Avenue Features

The Big Picture 9: Bruce Corrie on the power of "ethnic capital"

Often, says Concordia University economist and biz-school dean Bruce Corrie, our minority and immigrant communities are seen solely through the "problem" lens. Their struggles are real, but their contributions to our prosperity and potential for growth are greater than most majority Minnesotans realize. And Corrie's got the figures to prove it.

The immigrant soul of Central Avenue: A slide show

The stretch of Minneapolis' Central Avenue Northeast that runs from around 18th Avenue to a little past Lowry is a colorful collage of immigrant businesses: Hispanic, Arab, Afghan, Indian, Southeast Asian. Bill Kelley's images capture a neighborhood that feels both faraway and very close to home.
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