Guest Post by Tim Brown My favorite past-time in Minneapolis is to stroll around Lake Calhoun with a pup on the leash. Yes...
The home to pop legend Prince, First Avenue, The Cherry and the Spoon – but what really makes Minneapolis special? Explore Minneapolis is all about what to do in Minneapolis, but just as much of things to do in Minneapolis we like reveling in the quirks and pleasantries of the nooks and crannies. It's easy to fall in love with a city with little nuggets like the Midtown Global Market where our city's multi-culturalism is out in full force.
The Greenway makes Minneapolis special by being a concourse for bikes and other wheeled transportation, and the lakes that break up Uptown draw out the closet outdoorsman and ladies of the hipsters and yuppies of Uptown. Little hotspots like the CC club, and Williams are great for a game of pool and the Varsity Theater, Kitty Kat Club, and the Ice House are good for a good show.
The land that comprises Minneapolis was originally inhabited by the Mdewakanton band of the Dakota Native Americans, and grew up around the Saint Anthony Falls because of transportation and proximity to Fort Snelling – the first U.S. Military presence in the area. Zebulon Pike was the purchaser of two large tracts of the land in 1808 and gave them $200 in trading goods and sixty gallons of liquor, along with another payment from the United States government – a payment of $2,000.
Flour milling spurred on demand for a railroad to the area, the river helped spur on hydro-electric power, and wheat oats and corn were big industry as well. "The U of M, the arts, and the parks all make up a really solid basis for social awareness and eco-conscious culture that seem to effect alot of aspects of life in Minneapolis." - The Smartest Person in Minnesota
But what is Minneapolis about these days?
"Minnesota nice is a real thing – and it's not just passive aggression. I find that the people of Minneapolis are sincere, pleasant and ambitious. I love walks along the river, and biking around on the greenway and city streets. The culinary options in Minneapolis are incredible and you'll literally never exhaust all of the amazing places to eat if you tried. Altogether, there's tons of stylish – well meaning people and to me that's awesome. You get the character that comes with having to wear 5 coats for 6 months out of the year, and the cultural heritage of several rich cultures in a radical melting pot." - Tim
"Minneapolis has a small town vibe with big city opportunities. There is always something new do to whether it is a checking out a new restaurant, catching a show or spending the day shopping, Minneapolis is a one stop shop. People are friendly, and the vibes a cool." - Bea