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Old 10-13-2008, 04:31 PM
 
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So, I'm considering a move to Minneapolis next year and I'm wondering what area I would feel most at home in.
I am:
a single female in her mid-20's, a musician, a health nut, looking to live in a walkable/bike friendly area (won't have a car), interested in the bar/nightlife (not really clubbing) scene, looking to be surrounded by like-minded individuals in a similar age bracket, interested in a bustling area of town, wanting to participate in an active art scene, wanting to live in a relatively safe area, looking for a bit of greenery, trying to avoid a college town atmosphere..

Where would I fit in? Looking at Uptown and Northeast, but I don't really know the entire scope of what these neighborhoods have to offer. Suggestions?
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:12 PM
 
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Uptown, (Wikipedia article about Uptown is here) and Lyn-Lake in South Minneapolis are two of the more popular areas that might fit your bill.

Across the river, Lower Northeast, with tons of art galleries, perhaps the greatest concentration of neighborhood (yet fun) bars (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/ - broken link) (check the list on the extreme right side of that website) and even it's own blog (http://northeastbeat.ning.com/ - broken link) is another area that blends old, new, hipster and polkas. My fave places in NE? Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, Elsie's (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/elsies_bowling_alley/ - broken link) and Grumpy's (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/grumpys_bar_ne/ - broken link). The area is also infused with a plethora of Asian/Middle Eastern/ Ukranian/ Polish/ Lebanese etc. shops and cafes, such as the hugely popular HolyLand Deli on Central Avenue.

Honorable Mentions go to Whitey's (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/whiteys_world_famous_saloon/ - broken link) and, according to Esquire Magazine, the Best Bar in America, the famous Nye's Polonaise Room.

Plus, in Northeast you can connect to the Grand Rounds Park system (along St. Anthony Parkway or at Boom Island Park close to downtown). This is the vast bicycle/pedestrian network that threads its way through both cities.

It's kind of funny, but you also might want to check out this thread. I think a single female in her 20's would also appreciate the same kinds of places a gay couple might like.

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Old 10-13-2008, 07:58 PM
 
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You may want to check out the Grand Ave area in St Paul. Lots of 20-something singles in living in architecturally cool apartment buildings, plenty restaurants, bars, sidewalks, and and good transit.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:34 PM
 
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Uptown, (Wikipedia article about Uptown is here) and Lyn-Lake in South Minneapolis are two of the more popular areas that might fit your bill.

Across the river, Lower Northeast, with tons of art galleries, perhaps the greatest concentration of neighborhood (yet fun) bars (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/ - broken link) (check the list on the extreme right side of that website) and even it's own blog (http://northeastbeat.ning.com/ - broken link) is another area that blends old, new, hipster and polkas. My fave places in NE? Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, Elsie's (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/elsies_bowling_alley/ - broken link) and Grumpy's (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/grumpys_bar_ne/ - broken link). The area is also infused with a plethora of Asian/Middle Eastern/ Ukranian/ Polish/ Lebanese etc. shops and cafes, such as the hugely popular HolyLand Deli on Central Avenue.

Honorable Mentions go to Whitey's (http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/northeast/whiteys_world_famous_saloon/ - broken link) and, according to Esquire Magazine, the Best Bar in America, the famous Nye's Polonaise Room.

Plus, in Northeast you can connect to the Grand Rounds Park system (along St. Anthony Parkway or at Boom Island Park close to downtown). This is the vast bicycle/pedestrian network that threads its way through both cities.

It's kind of funny, but you also might want to check out this thread. I think a single female in her 20's would also appreciate the same kinds of places a gay couple might like.
yup completely agree with you perfect actually
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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A video on Uptown. My favorite part of Minneapolis.


YouTube - Uptown Minneapolis
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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You'll either love uptown or be extremely annoyed by it. Personally I would never live there again. Loring Park would be a cool place to check out. Apartments and condos line a beautiful small lake and park and literally a few blocks walk to downtown and very close to uptown without being right in it.

Also, check out all the housing around Nicollet and Franklin. It is kind of a cool little housing community where you can walk across the street and immediately be on Eat Street and once again, right dab in between uptown and downtown.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:07 PM
 
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I think it sounds like you'd be happy in either Uptown or Northeast, as both seem to fit your wish list. Some of it will come down to where you work; you won't want to waste all your time commuting by bus. Both areas are well served by public transportation and would be equally convenient if you were working downtown. If looking at Uptown you might want to look along the Lyndale corridor; there's a lot going on there lately. Someone suggested the area around Nicollet and Franklin, but depending on your own personal comfort level you might not feel as safe walking around that area at night. There's more crime there, although it's balanced by interesting restaurants and lower rents. If you go the Uptown route you should check out the neighborhood known unofficially as the "Wedge." There are plenty of younger people there (but enough older people to keep it from feeling like college all over again), it's close to bars, restaurants, grocery stores (including a co-op), the famous lakes of the "City of Lakes," and has good transportation connections to bring you by bus to both northeast and towards Eat Street, should you end up having friends in those areas, too. It's an convenient, interesting, bustling place to live. The outer borders of the Wedge are Hennepin and Lyndale, so you'd be close to the activities along both of those streets.
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