Strolling the Green Line: From Lexington to Lowertown
Andy Sturdevant continues his interactive tour of some of the top sites along the newly opened Green Line, going from the Lexington Parkway station to the end of the line in St. Paul. Pork belly! Psychics! Scientology! And more.
With photos by Carrie Thompson.
While rain poured down on Saturday night, a surprising number of you hardy souls still made it out to Northern Spark. MinnPost was in the lobby of the Northrop Auditorium (the weather dashed our outdoor plans) projecting Lacu, a visualization of Minnesota’s 13,817 lakes on the wall two at a time, all night long.
A first-timer’s guide to Northern Spark, that big, crazy all-night arts festival: Q&A with Steve Dietz, Northern Spark’s founder and artistic director, the guy who looked around the Twin Cities and decided Minnesotans could and would stay up all night, if we had someplace to go.
(Check out MinnPost’s Lacu at Northern Spark: From the collective mind of MinnPost’s Data Team, Lacu will be an all-night visualization of the 10k+ lakes in Minnesota.)
From the 1890’s to Saturday, June 14, 2014, MinnPost journalists Joe Kimball and Tom Nehil have compiled a timeline of the Green Line
Tammy Faye Bakker’s year in Minneapolis (1960/1961) was quite eventful; Minneapolis is where she and Jim met, married, and began their ministry. (Minneapolis is currently home to Jim and Tammy Faye’s son, Jay Bakker, whose Revolution Minnesota congregation meets each Sunday afternoon at Bryant-Lake Bowl.)
If you go into one of those bars (or banks, I guess) and talk to some of the Northeasters around you about ecclesiastical neighborhood attractions, at some point someone will make the following assertion: The block north of 13th Ave. NE between Madison and Monroe Streets is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for being the only city block in the world with a church on each corner.
It might be useful to begin by pointing out that, in the Twin Cities, there are three Mississippi Rivers. Not literally, but in a sense. Each of these three rivers has its own set of peculiarities and idiosyncrasies that determine how people have interacted with it over the years, and how it can be used — or use us — for purposes as disparate as industry, recreation, and habitation.
St. Paul, like its sister Minneapolis, or just about any of its inland brethren anywhere in America, is waking up to the fact that the riverfront can be a valuable asset and in important part of a community, and not something to be ignored or abused.
We mapped the value of every real-estate parcel in Hennepin County.
Roseville’s Memorial Pet Cemetery is testament to the fact that people will pay any price, bear any burden or meet any hardship on behalf of their ever-faithful pets. It’d be crass to let some rain stop me from making my pilgrimage and paying my respects.
Map illustration by Andy Sturdevant, photos by Natalie Vestin