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Old 04-05-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I'm preparing to go the University of Minnesota in the fall and I was wondering, how do locals view the Dinkytown commercial district? Is it a serious shopping and errand area frequented by both long-term residents living in the neighborhood and students attending the U? Or is it just an extension of campus catering only to students? I'm just trying to get a feel for the area and what permanent Minneapolis residents think of it.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
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I wouldn't consider it a "shopping" or "errand" type area, unless you need to pick up some Golden Gopher athletic wear.

An extension of the U of M campus is a good way to put it... Fun place to hang out on a given evening - some decent bars, restaurants.

Don't get me wrong, there's a bank, library, book store.... But it's more of a student housing and dining/entertainment district.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I'm preparing to go the University of Minnesota in the fall and I was wondering, how do locals view the Dinkytown commercial district? Is it a serious shopping and errand area frequented by both long-term residents living in the neighborhood and students attending the U? Or is it just an extension of campus catering only to students? I'm just trying to get a feel for the area and what permanent Minneapolis residents think of it.
Not sure if I count as a "local" yet (I'm a transplant from Michigan), but I am a full time Mpls resident, so I'll throw in my two cents.

I like Dinkytown. Of course, I am a 23 year old who just graduated from college last year, so I'm still into the whole "college scene." It is mostly made up of students, but there are quite a few recent grads/young professionals in the area, as well as some Somali immigrants. It's not really a shopping/errands area, but it does have a lot of good restaurants and entertainment options in the area. It's really fun. Not really a place to "raise a family," but really cool if you're young and single.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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I love Dinkytown, but then, I went to school at the U. I don't love everything about it, and I'm definitely not into the campus party scene, but I still enjoy being in the area. I don't think I would choose to live there if I wasn't a student, but it's fun to visit. There are some great restaurants that cater to all crowds, some nice shops, a small but nice public library, and tons of people walking around. I would agree that it's not really a traditional a shopping destination for those outside the area, but there are stores that serve the needs of the people who are already there for other reasons (including long-term residents).

The other thing to keep in mind about the U campus is that it's huge and doesn't feel as extremely undergraduate-dominated as some campuses do (well, at least as my grad school campus did, which I think had about 15,000 students); the large number of faculty, staff, grad students, the hospitals, mean that while it definitely feels like a college campus, it doesn't feel like everyone around you is 20. That spills over to Dinkytown, too, where you get a good mix of people, including people who have been frequenting some of the restaurants or businesses for decades.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:21 PM
 
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I have to say that I think Dinkytown is a bit over-rated. It's not such a "serious shopping and errand" kind of neighborhood, so much as where you'd go to buy a gold/maroon sweatshirt. It has a fun, collegiate vibe, if that's what you're going for, but I think there are many better places. Most housing in Dinkytown are older houses that are divided among many people (although after a deadly fire a few years ago, the laws have gotten stricter about over-crowding). Waaaaay overpriced, for what you get, IMHO.

If you're looking for a fun, young vibe, you'd probably do pretty well in Uptown. :-)

NB: If you're coming here as a freshman for your undergrad, you might want to ignore my advice! I can see the appeal for an 18 year old, but I'm a curmudgeonly 26 year-old alumnus and can't see a real "grown up" living there.

Have a good move!
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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I agree that Dinkytown is slightly overrated. I mean, it's a fun little area and I love the restaurants but it's no more than just a few restaurants, cafes, and shops clustered around a 4 block radius. Hence... Dinkytown. I think there's more to do in Northeast, Eat Street, Uptown, and Grand Avenue in Saint Paul.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: MN
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Dinkytown is alright. It's actually pretty fun, but to a lot of us it seems like it's luster has worn out. I remember thinking it was awesome right away, but again I'm 24 just out of college so that scene is kind of getting old. Id rather be belly to the bar in a crap hole downtown listening to a guy with a piano or guitar and my whiskey on rocks, but that's just me.
YOu can only see so many D bags who drank 1 too many Keystones before going out in Dinkytown or whorish co-eds who had their first 5 shots of cheap vodka 10 minutues before venturing out.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Gladstone, MO
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Its good for young people going to the U, but it isn't really good for anyone else.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I'm a fan of Dinkytown. In my opinion:

Dinkytown > Grand Ave area of St. Paul
Dinkytown > Uptown Minneapolis

I won't compare it with Eat Street. Both areas are great in their own distinct ways.

Dinkytown is great because of the atmosphere and because it's chock full of unique restaurants and bars that are student friendly (AKA - LIGHT on the wallet). Whether it is a live Hip Hop show, latin dancing, flipping a coin for you drink, or eating a cheeseburger at a 2 story McDonalds while a woman stands up out of the blue to tell everybody else in the building outloud about her personal problems....Dinkytown has never failed to entertain me on a given day.
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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I lived in Dinkytown for several years. After the I-35W bridge fell, I saw a guy on TV saying, "Yeah, everyone in Dinkytown was just walking around dazed."

Notwithstanding the tragedy, I was amused at this. I told my dad. He said, "What raised their level of consciousness to dazed?"
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