The weather was perfect for a walk today: 43°, bright sun, blue sky, and no breeze. We walked a loop around your neighborhood stopping a couple of times along the way. We discovered Weekend Salvage where I found a 1920s Type Specimen book from the University of Minnesota. The store is full of unique finds. We'll be back!
Walk location: Minneapolis
Highlights from our short neighborhood walk
Did you know that you there are 23 bridges in Minneapolis and St. Paul that allow you to walk or roll across the Mississippi River? This October, I spent a weekend walking across 19 of them and am in love with this way of experiencing the river and our twin cities. This route was so much fun that I plan on making this walk an annual tradition. For this walk, I used the Twitter hashtag #MissRiverBridgeWalk.
Walk location: Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
On Saturday, July 9, Scott and I attended "From Then To Now: Immigration and the (Re)Making of Saint Paul's East Side." This half-day event was co-organized by the University of Minnesota's Immigration Research History Center and the East Side Freedom Library and was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. After a week of tragic events locally, nationally, and internationally, attending an event focused on the contributions of immigrants to our community was especially meaningful.
The walk was led by Dr. Peter Rachleff who is a labor historian and Macalester professor. Peter and his wife, Dr. Beth Cleary co-founded the East Side Freedom Library.
This summer, I've decided to turn my attention from long distance walking to connecting with others. I made a mental wish list of people with whom I wanted to walk and Jason Wittenberg was at the top of that list. Jason is the Manager of Land Use, Design and Preservation for the City of Minneapolis, where he has worked for the Community Planning & Economic Development Department since 1998. He holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota.
Jason and I have been following each other’s walks on Twitter since 2015 when I completed an 18 mile walk the entire stretch of Lyndale Avenue. He later tweeted that he was walking Lake Street from the border of Minneapolis/St. Louis Park to the border of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We’ve been cheering each other on ever since.
For our maiden voyage, we settled on June 5 and met up at the first Open Streets Minneapolis event of the season on Lyndale Avenue. For our route, we chose 42nd Street from Lyndale Avenue to West River Parkway which runs along the Mississippi River.
Inspiration & Goals
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