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Macalester - Groveland

Students and homeowners mingle harmoniously in this dignified but lively neighborhood, which is anchored by the Presbyterian Macalester College in the east and part of the Catholic University of St. Thomas in the west. The mostly pre-1940s homes here are rich with woodwork, leaded glass, and the look of being cared for. Macalester's retail zone along Grand Avenue offers a mix of urban amenities that are more grown-up than what's found in most college business districts, including a range of intriguingly offbeat boutiques and gift shops. The intersection of Grand and Hamline is another highlight: the popular Sixth Chamber bookstore, the Grand Shanghai restaurant, Wells Pianos, and Just Truffles are all within a block of one another.


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Jump Into July with Makers, ArtCars, Movement and Beer

July arts, entertainment and culture highlights not to be missed in MSP, with a focus on makers of all sorts — of art, crafts, dance and beer.

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10 Independent Bookstores To Get Cozy With This Winter

Searching for a book to get lost in? Ditch your computer and mobile devices, and plan a day trip exploring these distinct and community-minded local bookstores, many of which are celebrating decade birthdays in 2015.

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Forget Midwest. We Are North: Repositioning MSP's National Identity for the 21st Century

According to a recent panel discussion, we need to own our cold climate and our ingenuity in order to attract new talent, continue fueling the innovation at the heart of our economy, and create a new and authentic national identity. Shall we call ourselves the North?  

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Cycling in the Cities: Seven New Local Inventions for Bike Enthusiasts Here and Around the Globe

The Twin Cities is a leader in bicycle use and a major innovator in bicycle design and technology. The seven inventions profiled here have, or will have, an impact on the local and global cycling industry. And the pace of innovation shows no sign of slowing down.    

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Q+A: Shawn Combs Walding, MnDOT's Transit Advantages Coordinator

We recently sat down with Shawn Combs Walding, MnDOT’s Transit Advantages Coordinator for the Twin Cities Metro District to discuss alternative transportation in the Twin Cities, what local entities can do to promote transit use, and how easy it really is to be car-free. 
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