I prefer streets with a diversity of architecture and character, the churn and twists reflecting our ever-changing tastes and dreams. So, in Saint Paul, I loved living in Frogtown. In Minneapolis, I have a lot of options but I love living in the Hawthorne Neighborhood. It's an adventure.
We're home to the world's largest lutefisk manufacturer, the Olsen Fish Company.
Farview Park is the oldest park of Minneapolis and we have a few haunted houses. We're the home to the future EcoVillage, which is NOT related to writer Umberto Eco, but IS an exciting development project to create ecologically and economically sound housing in an urban area.
The very first Broadway Pizza squats here on a hill, looming with its dark paneling and working class sensibilities, just a stone's throw from a set of condos by the Mississippi. We've got distinctive Victorians and a mosque. A Hmong grocery store and Kemp's Ice Cream factory. A shoe store that's a century old and some of the most notorious saloons and dive bars of Minnesota, like the old Stand Up Frank's which was turned into Donny Dirk's Zombie Den last year.
We're home to the notorious Wafana's, which, before it got shut down, had over 1,400 calls to 911 and emergency services. In ONE year. It's colorful out here.
We've got the biggest scrap recyclers of Minneapolis in our neighborhood, and if that's not enough metal for you, Perry Bowers runs Taylor Sound, a recording studio and practice space. At some point, I understand they hoped to have an independent music festival here.
The band Wrecking Day has been headquartering here at the North Minneapolis Business Center in the same space as Safari Pride Coffee and the Minnesota African Women's Association. That's a combination. There's really no shortage of stories coming out of here.
Twin Cities photographers have a great space tucked away at the Minneapolis Photo Center. This center is really something, featuring state of the art professional large-format printers, dark rooms, computers and exhibit space. I wish they'd have another open house soon for the community to see the wonderful talent that works in Hawthorne.