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West Seventh

Named for its major thoroughfare, the West Seventh neighborhood is a true Saint Paul mosaic: solidly blue-collar with cheerful bars and imposing churches on nearly every block, but full of entrepreneurial energy too. Coffee shops catering to pierced punkers, barber shops that have been around for generations, a café mostly staffed by alcoholics and addicts in recovery, chic salons, old-school chow mein palaces, hip tattoo parlors--and, near downtown, a cluster of bars and restaurants that have sprung up to cater to after-the-hockey-game crowds at the Xcel Energy Center.

West Seventh Features

The Dish on Heritage Restaurants: Food, Families, Neighborhoods

A look at four heritage restaurants in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, their origin stories, their participation in their neighborhoods, and why their loyal patrons—and new generations of diners—keep coming back.

Made in Minnesota: The Makers Coalition and the Renewal of Our Industrial Sewing Heritage

The Makers Coalition is supporting a new generation of industrial sewers and the local makers movement. The coalition brings together 60 businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and service providers to fulfill its mission: To bring back industrial sewing skills, which largely disappeared in America decades ago.

Creative Placemaking: Reframing How We See Cities

Twin Cities Parks 3.0: Bold New Initiatives Coming to Our Green Spaces

Get ready for some changes in our already-stellar park system that will expand your ideas about recreation, ecology, and economic development.

A Line or Two: Beer U

This week: a heads-up about a July class in the University of Minnesota's extension division that will fill you in on the local craft beer revolution--it's origins, its economics, its varied business models, and more. Requirements include the actual consumption of product.
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