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Boulevard Theater

constructed: 1933, as the Boulevard Twins (cinema & adjoining restaurant complex)
architect: Perry E. Crosier (1890-1953)
builder: (Wilfred) W R Frank Sr (1892-1960) theater owner & film producer
closed: 1998
current use: video rental chain store (closed 2010), Prima restaurant, Caribou Coffee (closed), Anytime Fitness, Nokomis Chiropractic, Free Style Yourt & a Subway sandwich shop
address: 5315 Lyndale Ave S

* Minneapolis, population: 370,000 A Mississippi River town and one of 87 county seats in Minnesota.

Lake Calhoun

Lake Medoza , a perfectly good name, was renamed Lake Calhoun to honor John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) a Secretary of War, serial US Vice President and a South Carolina slavery advocate a.k.a. states’ rights proponent. The park was established in 1886, and was expanded to include the entire lake by 1909. Since 1985, aggressive landscaping, Dutch elm disease, athletic venues, a ’totlot’, expanded parking and an artificial swamp have altered the character of the urban park.


Grand Rounds

The Minneapolis park system is one of the finest urban green spaces in the world and was created by businessman Charles Loring (1833-1922), architect Horace Cleveland (1814-1900) and park superintendent Theodore Wirth (1863-1949) at a time when Americans supported civic investments other than sports arenas. The south loop and most popular half of the fifty continuous miles of the Grand Rounds parkway starts downtown at Loring Park, and heads southwest to a chain a of lakes: Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun that are connected by canals, and Lake Harriet. From there the route turns east along Minnehaha Creek about nine miles to the Mississippi River passing Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Falls on its way. The Mississippi River Road and the paths head back north, through the University of Minnesota campus, past views of the Weisman Art Museum (1993 by Frank Gehry), the Guthrie Theater (a blue box), the Mill City Museum, the Stone Arch Bridge at Saint Anthony Falls and back to downtown. The Grand Rounds can be toured by automobile, bicycle, roller skate, ski or on foot (Nice Ride green bicycle kiosks around town rent bicycles, $5 per day plus time-toll, credit card required). The lakes are used by wind surfers and a variety of boats (canoe, kayak, electric or paddle boat rentals available at the Lake Calhoun pavilion near Lake Street) and it is considered mentally as well as physically therapeutic to walk around a city lake. Typically, Lake of the Isles is favored by older people, Lake Calhoun by singles, Lake Harriet by families and Loring, that still has a reputation as a gay park, though now is more often visited by the homeless, people walking to or from work and aggressive squirrels (Try sitting down on a park bench to eat an ice cream cone surrounded by a dozen of them, edging ever closer until you are sharing it with the boldest of them, squirrels that is). Across the Lyndale and Hennepin Avenue 'Bottleneck' from Loring Park is the Walker Art Center (a brick box and a gray box -imagine the creativity) and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where the almost famous 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' pop sculpture by Claes Oldenburg (1929-) and Coosje van Bruggen (1942-2009) is located and often photographed.

The least confusing way to visit the Grand Rounds by auto or bicycle from the Sculpture Garden on the southwest edge of downtown Minneapolis is to drive or ride south five blocks on Hennepin Ave and turn west (right) on Franklin Ave for one mile to Lake of the Isles and travel Grand Rounds south loop counter clockwise. The most beautiful and ostentatious houses in Minneapolis are in the Lowry Hill neighborhood located west of the Walker Art Center and along the parkway around Lake of the Isles.

Minneapolis Grand Rounds Map from National Scenic Byways Program

A detailed City of Minneapolis Map pdf with marked bicycle trails

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Art Scene

“I’d put us ahead of [San Francisco and Los Angeles],” said (local art collector) Burnet of the city of Minneapolis. “I’d say, culturally, we’re third in the United States, only behind New York and Chicago. For a city with 3 million people, we have more culture than many cities with 20 million.” -artinfo.com






Ice Fishing in America

* It might be a unique experience for you to fish from on top (ideally) of the ice if you are visiting the city in the winter and if the ice is thick enough to support you. A few people fish the city lakes for sport, but because of urban pollution you would have to be very hungry to opt to eat a fish from one of them. A nonresident statewide fishing license ($12.00 for one day) is required and can be acquired at sporting good stores around town or online at Minnesota DNR. No 'intoxicating liquor' is permitted in city parks, so without schnapps are you ice fishing? Wear gloves, boots, a hat and all the clothes you packed.

  • Last visit to Minneapolis: Feb 2013
  • Intro Updated Feb 19, 2016
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