Is this Really the End for Nye’s Polonaise Room?

nyes polonaise room - minneapolis

The announcement regarding the pending closing and demolition of Nye’s Polonaise Room didn’t surprise me. Its prime location in one of Minneapolis’ budding river-side districts is a coveted location for developers to build yet another cluster of expensive and unsightly condos (though it would take quite the addled architect to unseat the ugliest new building in the Twin Cities); and the current plan is to do just that.

The real surprise, for me at least, came in the form of a community that refused to let its cultured (yet over-priced) dive bar (and restaurant) go silently into the tacky, glassy abyss of young professional abodes; though this will be, in some form or another, the eventual result.

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Winter Market Coming to Minneapolis

Nuremburg Winter Market- Tourismus Nurnberg

The announcement that 2013 would be the last year of the Holidazzle Parade came as a head-scratcher to many (including myself). Why would Minneapolis abandon its event of more than two decades? Didn’t it annually attract 300,000 spectators? The official “tough economic situation” line didn’t stick. The real answer: the Minneapolis Downtown Council wanted to create a much more lucrative and taxable Winter Market.[Continue Reading]

Congregations Make Historical Palm Sunday March

Reverend Roland Wells (Center) helps to lead the colorful march.

Reverend Roland Wells (Center) helps to lead the colorful march.

The historic and ironically named St. Paul’s Lutheran of Minneapolis drew police and media attention this past Palm Sunday; fortunately the four congregations that share the 19th and Portland Avenue landmark church planned it that way. The cause? It’s a long story, but it’s worth the time to tell.

In this case it’s best not to start from the beginning… of the church that is. In 1964, or 50 years ago from last Sunday, the Lutheran congregation of St. Paul’s had to move. They didn’t have to move for any particularly complex, theological or abstract reason; they had to move because I94 was being built: cutting a physical scar between downtown and south Minneapolis. Their building was to be part of that scar and so they marched.

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