Minneapolis Waits for Dark

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz: We’re ‘Under Assault’ From Outside Agitators.” –Star Tribune headline (May 30, 2020). [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.] The unbelievably beautiful weather in...
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End of an Uptown Icon

Sons of Norway Building (b. 1962; d. 2018) No, it wasn’t historically designated, or otherwise especially memorable. But, for long-time Twin Cities residents (I qualify), the six(?) story Sons of Norway building at Lake and Humboldt still qualified as a local landmark going back . . . as long as I can remember. In my own case, I...
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Playing “Weekend Brunch Arbitrage”

Different Demographics . . . Different Schedules Part of being a bona fide, “in-the-know” Twin Cities local isn’t just knowing where to get the best weekend brunch with/for a bunch of kids — but when. So, 9 a.m. Sunday is a great time to go to the Egg & I on Lyndale in The Wedge, while all the resident, nearby Gen...
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“The Only Game in (Up)Town”

Saturday Night at Sebastian Joe’s (For a Little While) Once upon a time, there used to be a couple spots for ice cream in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood. Now, it seems there’s just one:  Minneapolis quasi-institution Sebastian Joe’s, just west of Franklin and Hennepin (personal favorite:  “Nicollet Avenue Pothole”). Or, at least it seemed that way earlier tonight,...
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“Attention Rehabbers: Not For the Timid!”

Getting the Warts Out of the Way, aka Setting Buyer Expectations Appropriately “ATTN REHABBERS: THIS NEEDS WORK; NOT FOR THE TIMID. SOLD IN “AS IS” CONDITION.” –excerpt, MLS Listing for 4-plex in Minneapolis’ Wedge neighborhood You can certainly overdo it, but I actually endorse what this listing agent is up to:  namely, announcing (literally in...
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Sunday Morning Snippets — Uptown Edition

Blog Bartering Thanks to Sunrise Cyclery at Bryant and Lake Street in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood. First for being open at 10:15 a.m. this morning (all the other Uptown bike shops apparently open at noon on Sunday); and second, for adjusting my 9 year-old son’s bike at no charge. Hey guys, how about a free plug instead? ...
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