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Always a place for urban experimentation, in the last few decades downtown Minneapolis created an innovative skyway system and a landmark pedestrian/transit street--the Nicollet Mall--and erected a clutch of skyscrapers by A-list architects. Today the jewels in downtown's crown include the Hennepin Avenue entertainment district, which hosts touring Broadway shows and major musical acts, and a new crop of boutique hotels and distinguished owner-chef restaurants. At its southern end is Loring Park, an urban oasis surrounded by trendy, gay-friendly restaurants and cafes, and the Walker Art Center, the city's internationally renowned modern-art powerhouse.

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Is Craft Beer Peaking in MSP? Not Yet, As These Five New Breweries and a Community Tap House Show

These days, MSP seems to have more independent craft beer producers than adults of legal drinking age. And yet the brewery announcements, grand openings and expansions keep coming. Are we reaching peak craft beer?

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When and How Should the Public Participate in Design? The Commons Conundrum

The planning of the Commons, a two-block park in downtown Minneapolis, has captured the attention of the Twin Cities. What level of input should the public expect to have? At what stage of the project would public input have the most impact?  

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Woonerfs: Rethinking a Public Realm for Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Cars

As woonerfs take hold in MSP, perhaps in collaboration with the complete streets movement already underway, designers are rethinking how our public realm can function for pedestrians, bicyclists--and cars.

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June in MSP: Outdoor Arts Festivals that Give Back

In this month’s feature highlighting arts, entertainment and culture not to be missed in MSP, the focus is on community events that inspire, entertain, invite participation —and give back.      

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Take Me Out to a Ballgame and Brewpub: Your Guide to Game Day Transit and Venturing Afield

Baseball season is upon us. Why not turn game day into an opportunity to explore neighborhoods around CHS Field in St. Paul's Lowertown and Target Field in Minneapolis' North Loop, which are bookended by Green Line light-rail stops?
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