All Blog Entries by Erick Patterson

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Look at that little 26 story addition to the Northeast neighborhood!

Rafter Apartments ( @rafter_apartments ) is topped out and standing roughly 322’ tall on this freezing January day. Now that the building is no longer rising vertically work has moved to cladding the base and finishing the interior.

Located at 333 E Hennepin Avenue, Rafter will bring 283 apartments, 279 parking spaces and 6,000 square feet of retail space to the area. Interiors will feature unexpected materials that are “elegantly crafted into a vibrant and memorable design” according to their website. Leasing is expected to begin in the coming month.

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"The Upper Harbor Terminal in north Minneapolis, seen in January 2018. The city’s latest vision for the site includes nearly 20 acres of park space, housing, offices, retail, an outdoor live music venue and a hotel.
One prominent feature of the plan so far has been the Community Performing Arts Center, a riverfront live music venue that would host both “community programming” and ticketed events."
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Valentine's Day offers an opportunity to take your sweetie out for a romantic meal. If you're still looking for the best places to celebrate, check out these restaurants in the Twin Cities:

Sapor Café - 428 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis - Reservations are required, and for the holiday, the restaurant will host a special three-course dinner that includes fish or seafood, as well as vegetarian and meat options for each course. The meal costs $45 per person and drinks are extra.

Forepaugh's - 276 S. Exchange St., St. Paul - This charming Victorian-style restaurant with a rumored love-story ghost living on the third floor will make for a very romantic Valentine's Day treat. This Valentine's Day menu is crafted by Executive Chef Donald Gonzalez and is

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Neighborhood parks often act as the center of a community. They're where young couples stroll while holding hands and talking about their futures. New parents bring their young children to the playgrounds to burn off that excess energy. Children of elementary-school age cause chaos while zooming around on their bikes. Teenagers love to hang out in the neighborhood park, playing a pickup game of basketball or laughing with friends. Older couples, too, will find a comfy bench where they can sit back and observe it all.

Developers in Minneapolis and St. Paul recognized the need for neighborhood parks over the years, which is why you'll find small green spaces and large urban parks scattered throughout the Twin Cities. Some of these parks are known for

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Balcony and rooftop gardening booming among Minneapolis loft and condo residents

The upswing of people moving into lofts and condos downtown has created a new trend in gardening — patio and rooftop gardens. Baby boomers and retirees who've sold their single family homes — where they planted and tended large gardens — still want to surround themselves with living plants, and they are taking advantage of the limited space they have. Additionally, young professionals who don't have the time to maintain a yard love having the option to test their green thumbs on a smaller scale.

Container gardening has always been popular with window pots and colorful flowers growing on front stoops, but the latest trend is to nourish vegetables, herbs, flowers and even

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At last, spring has arrived, and with it the ability to use your bike to take you where you want to go again! You’ve probably already seen swarms of bike riders using the hundreds of Twin Cities bike trails marked throughout the metro and surrounding suburbs. It’s a popular activity in the metro area, so popular, in fact, that we compete with Portland, Ore., on an annual basis to be named the best city for cycling.

Minneapolis and St. Paul residents use the bike trails for many reasons. Some choose to keep their car parked at home and skip public transportation in favor of riding their bike to work. Others ride for recreational and sight-seeing reasons, using the slower mode of transportation to really get out and experience the area.

There are many

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