Bookmen Lofts Minneapolis

North Loop, Minneapolis Loft Penthouse

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A North Loop Bookmen Lofts Penthouse designed by James Dayton. Located near the Twins Stadium in the warehouse district. With top of the line finishes, this urban Loft has the most breathtaking views of downtown Minneapolis from the private rooftop patio. 2 bedroom Condo plus den or media room.

$1.78 Million Raised for Twin Cities Nice Ride Bike Sharing System

Expansion would cover downtown St. Paul – University Avenue corridor

According to Nice Ride Minnesota, ”A local nonprofit bike sharing system, launched last June with 700 bikes in 65 stations. With over 100,000 trips taken on Nice Ride bikes last season, Nice Ride’s first season was a great success. So much so that cities across the nation are following the Twin Cities’ lead. Last fall, Nice Ride held public workshops, resulting in a Phase 2 expansion plan. Bike Walk Twin Cities and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the major contributors to Phase 1, have both announced commitments to Phase 2. They are joined by the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and the Macalester College High Winds Fund, with more funding in the pipeline.

Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) committed $1 million to Phase 2 capital. TLC administers, under the program Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC), the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, a $25 million initiative to further bicycling and walking as transportation options. Nice Ride Minnesota has shown benefit in shifting trips from driving to bicycling,” said Joan Pasiuk, director of BWTC. We believe that expansion of the Nice Ride system will increase its transportation significance and accessibility by more Twin Cities residents,” Pasiuk said. Walking and bicycling foster safer, more livable, family-friendly communities, promote physical activity and health, and reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), using proceeds from the historic tobacco settlement, is Nice Ride Minnesota’s title sponsor. As part of its mission to improve the health of our communities by combating the obesity epidemic and sedentary lifestyles, Blue Cross also issued a challenge pledge last fall committing up to $1.5 million toward Nice Ride Minnesota’s Phase 2 expansion. The Bike Twin Cities grant has now triggered $500,000 of that pledge. According to Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO of Blue Cross, One of America’s biggest challenges is finding ways to make physical activity easy, fun, and convenient so it becomes part of everyday life. That’s why bike sharing is great for Minnesota. It’s easy and accessible, and Blue Cross is proud to continue our support towards Nice Ride’s expansion so that even more Minnesotan’s can bike their way to better health!

The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative is a group of local and national foundations working to leverage the Central Corridor light rail transit system to create neighborhoods that are places of opportunity for all. The Funders Collaborative’s Catalyst Fund has committed $250,000 for stations near light rail stations. According to Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Director, the bike sharing system is a great ‘last mile’ solution, extending the area served by light rail to businesses, schools and neighborhoods a short bike ride away.”

The High Winds Fund, which invests in the community surrounding Macalester College, has also committed $30,000 towards Phase 2 capital. With these commitments in place, and a few other irons in the fire, Nice Ride hopes to install approximately 50 new stations this spring. That will include eight stations already committed to North Minneapolis with funds secured through the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and the federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work” program. Transit for Livable Communities also contributed to the North Minneapolis expansion. Expansion in Minneapolis and St. Paul comes with strong support from both City Halls.”

NiceRideMN.org

A Look Back at The North Loop/Warehouse District; Photo Montage

Many of us have gotten to know and love the North Loop/Warehouse District as it is today.  Multiple condo developments, award winning restaurants, dive bars and of course the new Twins Stadium are all pretty recent developments in the area, but how did it look pre condo boom?

The North Loop was mainly an industrial area. Railroad yards and numerous warehouses and factories were the bulk of the territory.

When one thought about the warehouse district they may have associated it with the railroad transportation network.  It was the hub connecting Minneapolis with the rest of the Midwest and the rest of the country.   Wholesale, storage of goods related to milling and manufacturing were the most common uses of the numerous warehouses.

Today the neighborhood has a very different feel so it is cool to look back and reflect for a minute.  Enjoy the photo collection cherry picked from the Minnesota Historic Society’s website.

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Bar La Grassa, Another Reason to Live in the North Loop

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