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North Minneapolis is more than a city--it's a vibrant and diverse community known as the Northside. The community members are united in their attempts to make the community better for everyone. One example is Cookie Cart, a nonprofit cookie shop that helps neighborhood teens understand what it's like to work in a business. It was opened in 1988 by Sister Jean Thuerauf after years of her taking neighborhood youths into her kitchen to make cookies and help them with schoolwork. It was a literal cart that she pushed around the neighborhood and it was expanded over the years into two bakeries (the other is in St. Paul). Another example is the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) which aims to lessen the achievement gap for disadvantaged members of society--specifically low-income children of color. NAZ's primary goal is to guide them through school and prepare them for college. There are several neighborhoods that make up North Minneapolis, including Victory, Lind-Bohanon, and Webber-Camben. Victory is known for its commitment to social justice and is a very welcoming neighborhood. Try out the ramen at Tori 44 while you're in the neighborhood. Check out what else you can do in the neighborhood at the association's website. Lind-Bohanon is named after Jenny 'Swedish Nightingale' Lind (Swedish opera singer known for her philanthropy) and Bohanon, a prominent neighborhood family. Webber-Camden was Camden until 1995 when Webber was added to it. North Minneapolis is also known for its artistic endeavors. The Northside Arts Collective (NAC) is a great resource for all things artsy in the area. They sponsor networking parties, put out calls for art, and have art shows. They've also had the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl every summer and the first was held in 2006. It's a way to showcase the artistic talents of community members of all ages, experiences, and talent. Parks are a big part of the Northside Community. Some of the favorites are North Mississippi Regional Park, Webber Park, and North Commons Park. There are also several good restaurants including Tori 44, City Afrique Restaurant, North Side Steakhouse, and Banana Blossom. There are other ways for the community to gather, including at the West Broadway Farmers Market where not only can you get the freshest of fruits and natural beauty products, there's live music so you can groove as you shop. If you're into performance arts, check out the Capri Theater which is owned and operated by the Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC) and is integral in involving disadvantaged youth in theater.
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North Minneapolis has a turbulent history when it comes to racial segregation and other social justice issues. In the early part of the 20th century, North Minneapolis was a haven for people from marginalized communities, specifically the Jewish community and the African American community because they could not buy housing elsewhere in Minneapolis. This was enforced by racial covenants that pushed African Americans out of South Minneapolis, forcing them further and further north. Things grew worse after World War II. While there was no official segregation in Minnesota, it was still de facto law. Racial discrimination and anti-Semitic sentiment were on the rise, so much so that in 1947,  Minneapolis was called 'the capitol of anti-Semitism in the United States' by journalist Carey McWilliams. After that, the city began to tackle the anti-Semitism while ignoring the racial injustices that African Americans still faced. Tension between the two groups began to bubble up until it boiled over one hot summer night in July of 1967. There are varying accounts as to how the violence started, but it lasted for three days and consisted of looting, arson, and three shootings. A year before, the first Jewish mayor of Minneapolis, Arthur Naftalin, had acknowledged that African Americans in the city suffered from racism and vowed to do something about it. After the events in 1967, the problems continued. In the 1980s, there was a serious push to deal with the racial inequities in housing (cities versus the suburbs). Minneapolis and St. Paul united to form the Family Housing Fund in 1980, from which sprang up the Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation (1986) and the Twin Cities Community Land Bank. These organizations were supposed to help disadvantaged city dwellers attain more equitable housing, but, unfortunately, because of pressure from conservative suburban politicians who had a deeply vested interest in decrying social integration for the benefit of their particular suburb, all the good intentions foundered into nothing. This mentality continued into the 1990s. For as much as there were people agitating for change, there was an equal and relentless resistance that had power behind it. One of the organizations on the side of social justice was the Minneapolis Urban League. In 1928, they along with the St. Paul Urban League, were 2 of 42 Urban Leagues around the country. By the 1960s, they had Street Academies around the cities fighting for social change. This included pushing for community health programs and establishing voter education drives. In the 1990s, they had expanded to being able to reach over 25,000 people through education, individual client services, and more. The battle was contentious with the powers that be fighting against integration and social justice every step of the way. Even well-intentioned programs meant to help out residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods including North Minneapolis ended up benefitting the suburbs instead. Still, the pro side continued to tireless fight on the behalf of the disadvantaged people, starting at the grassroots level. In 1995, the NAACP took up the mantle and sued the state of Minnesota on the basis that the constant segregation had led to systemic inequality in the education system. As the grassroots efforts grew stronger including by parents in North Minneapolis, the suburban governments became more resistant. They did not have any commitment to integration although they gave lip service to it. Mandated busing was put on the table as was affordable housing, and the debate raged on. Despite all the efforts on the grassroots side, the power remained with the forces that were more interested in preserving the status quo for the suburbs than in desegregation/integration. Because the suburbs remained so stubborn on not having any subsidized, low-income housing in their neighborhoods for a variety of reasons, the cities were forced to choose between providing affordable housing in the lowest-income neighborhoods and thus reinforcing segregation, and providing no housing at all. Unfortunately, the struggle has continued to this day. If anything, it's only gotten worse so that Minneapolis, a liberal city that prides itself on its progressiveness, is also one of the most segregated cities in the country. Activists today are working as hard as ever to bring about equality in North Minneapolis and now there is some political will to make real and lasting changes.      
Green / Environmental
Environmental issues are inextricably entwined with social justice issues. and North Minneapolis has suffered for it. In 2013, Minneapolis came up with an innovative and progressive environmental plan that was praised by environmental activists, but critics pointed out that it did not seek any input from people in disadvantaged neighborhoods such as North, which are often the very areas that are the most affected by environmental disturbances.  For example, Minneapolis has a 12.5 degree difference between cities in districts that had been historically redlined and those that hadn't. One thing that emerged from the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan Environmental Justice Working Group was the establishment of a Green Zones Initiative. The Green Zones were established by looking at different environmental factors including air quality, soil contamination, and some housing issues on different neighborhoods and focus on the ones that are hardest hit. Generally, these are communities with people who are at a steep economic disadvantage as well as these issues go hand in hand. There was a study of the different neighborhoods to see which needed the most help and the first two Green Zones were the Northside Green Zone and the Southside Green Zone. The Northside Green Zone was established in 2017. The Northside Green Zone Task Force was created in 2018 and worked tirelessly to identify the environmental issues in the Northside and to create solutions to them. In early 2020, an environmental policy plan entitled the Northside Green Zone Work Plan (2020 - 2025) was enacted. The main focus of the policy is on achieving twelve goals in the five-year period. Those goals include: increase the availability of affordable housing and environmentally high quality housing; increase access to healthy affordable food by supporting local systems of growing, production, ad distribution; improve air and environmental quality in business and transport, and; focus community healing from historical trauma and root shock, using community-based approaches to healing and health. The goals are pretty general, but they do provide action steps for each goal. For example, with the goal of increasing affordable housing and environmentally high quality housing, some of the actions proposed are: advance proposals to pay utilities on an income-based sliding scale. Research Philadelphia's model; support the "Intentional Community Cluster Development" ordinance proposed by the Minneapolis City Council which allows for tiny house clusters of very low-cost housing, and; create a Northern Green Zone Master Plan for development sites for affordable housing and community development.      

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North Minneapolis has some very interesting architecture, and some ties to some interesting people. Shingle Creek Elementary, located at 5034 Oliver Ave N. This school was originally built in 1958. The Mid-century building was unique in that it had several wings shaped as plus signs, connected by narrow hallways. It's what they call a "Cluster Design." It was designed with 3 classrooms in a "cluster" that make up 3 of the 4 points of the plus sign. Each cluster was connected to other clusters by hallways. It was almost torn down but as luck would have it, it now is a charter school called KIPP Minnesota Public Schools. Moving on, Have you heard of "Jenny Lind?" She was featured in the movie "The Greatest Showman" as the swedish nightengale. Although the movie takes some liberty with the real history of Jenny Lind, she really did donate money to many schools back in Sweden. Well, there is a Jenny Lind Elementary School and associated Bohanon Park, located at 5025 Bryant Ave N. This school is located in the neighborhood named after her as well, called Lind-Bohanon. The school was built in 1937 and torn down in 1988. A new building was built in 1995 on the same site following that and still stands today. church building in North MinneapolisAnother building I've admired is the Mikro Kodesh building. Built in 1926 it was the Holy Assembly for the North Side Jewish community. It is on the historic register and it should be. It's a stately building. This building is currently in use as a church. If you are wanting to search for homes, or list your home for sale, click on the links below.
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Parks
Bohanon Park - (4917 Bryant Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website) Bohanon Park is next to Jenny Lind Elementary School and is a favorite gathering place for members of the community. If you are the active type, there is plenty for you to enjoy. It has a cricket field, a tennis court, a softball diamond, a sports facility, and more. There is an ice-skating rink and a hockey rink, and there is a wading pool as well. There is a circular playground area with playground equipment for the kids to enjoy. There is also a picnic area if you want to sit down and have a bite to eat.
Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center - (4900 Mississippi Ct.,, 612-370-4844, website) The Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center is located on the North Mississippi Regional Park and opened in 2002. Its purpose is to educate people on the Mississippi River, including the history of it and its role in the development and evolution of transportation in the state. There are interactive exhibits, fun activities for children, live animals for education reasons, and a bird-watching station. There is also a bike share program, too.
George Hill-Alice Rainville Square - (5101 W Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-588-7641, website) George Hill-Alice Rainville Square has an interesting history. In 1993, the city received funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) to clean up this area (two-and-a-half blocks) and make it a tranquil and verdant haven for the neighborhood. George Hill was very active in the community and considered a leader while Alice Rainville was the first female president of the City Council. This is a great place to go and relax in the middle of a stressful or hectic day.
North Mississippi Regional Park - (5116 North Mississippi Dr.,, 612-230-6400, website) North Mississippi Regional Park is 67 acres of greenery in the heart of the city. It's part of the Three Rivers Park District and is the joint effort of them and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; it is a neighborhood favorite. There is plenty to do for everyone. For those who just want to wander around and soak in the sights, sounds, and smells, there are walking paths and biking paths. For the water lovers, there is a boat dock, a fishing pier, and a wading pool. There is also a selve-serve paddle sharing station where you can rent kayaks and boats to go on an excursion on the Mississippi River. There is a playground/tot lot for kids to enjoy and a picnic area when you want to have a bite to eat.
Ryan Lake Park - (Xerxes Ave. and 46th Ave. N,,, 612-230-6400, website) Ryan Lake Park is a hidden treasure in the Victory neighborhood. It's a small park that doesn't have much in the ways of amenities, but it's a good place to go for a quiet moment of contemplation among green and leafy trees. There is a dock from which you can fish if that's your jam. The park abuts on Ryan Lake.
Victory Park - (4414 Upton Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website) Victory Park is a great neighborhood park that has amenities for everyone. For the more sporty type of person, there is a basketball court, soccer field, and a tennis court. If you just want to relax while surrounded by nature, there is picnic area where you can have a bite to eat. There's a playground area for the younger set, too. There is also a wading pool if you'd like to slash around in water on a hot summer day. There is also an annual Memorial Day concert sponsored the Webber Community Center and the  Victory Neighborhood Association.
Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park - (4701 Russell Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website) Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park is one of seven Minneapolis off-leash dog parks in which dogs are able to run free and have fun with canine companions. It's nearly three acres and completely fenced in. There are lots of lush greenery for the dogs to enjoy running through as well as more worn areas that are better for rugged adventures. It also has a Little Free Library so the humans can read while their dogs are playing. There are plenty of paths and water bowls, and there are cute birdhouses dotting the landscape as well. In fact, there is something for everyone.
Webber Park - (4300 Webber Pkwy.,, 612-370-4916, website) Webber Park is a neighborhood favorite because it's filled with greenery and lots of water. There is a natural swimming pool if you like to frolic in the water, and there is a walking path if you want to wander around and enjoy the environment--there is also a biking path which can function similarly. There is a playground area for the kids to play in and there is a picnic area when you want to have a little break and a bite to eat. For the sporty types, the park has a tennis court and an ice skating rink. There is also a garden which you can explore as well.
Restaurants
City Afrique Restaurant - (4326 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-353-6084, website) City Afrique Restaurant was opened in 1984 by Bea Karngar because she loved to cook and wanted to bring the flavors of Liberia/West Africa to Minneapolis. The decor is homey and inviting, and the service is friendly. The food is homemade, and the menu is vast. It includes Palm Butter Fufu Dish, Torborgee Rice Dish, Attieke & Fried Tilapia Fish Platter, and Plantain & Chicken Wings. It's a great place to try something new every time you visit.
Corner Coffee Camden - (4155 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-404-4348, website) Corner Coffee Camden is one of three Corner Coffee coffee shops in Minneapolis. It is a cozy place to hang out with friends and sip a latte or espresso. The decor is dark and woody, and the service is always with a smile. The atmosphere is relaxed with a big couch which is perfect for flopping on. They appreciate local artists by hanging their art on their walls which adds to the hominess.  They work with Artemly in order to make those connections with local artists. They have Iced Matcha, Shrub Coffee, Chai Latte, and Blue Mocha. On the food side, they offer Butter Bar, Zoe's Pastries (from Zoe's Bakery), Sriracha Egg Salad, and more. They also sell assorted items such as honey and a Corner Coffee beanie.
El Burrito Cubano - (4729 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-588-7580) El Burrito Cubano is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it eatery that is bare and minimalistic inside. The atmosphere is low-key, and the service is amicable. The food is Cuban and the menu reflects that. It includes burritos, Cubanos (sandwich), chimichangas, Cuban egg rolls, and empanadas. For dessert, try the tres leches or flan as a satisfying sweet ending to your meal.
FireBox Deli - (4707 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-521-8206, website) FireBox Deli is a BBQ joint with an unassuming exterior and a red/black decor on the inside. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. If you are craving flavorful and juicy barbecued meat, this is the place for you. The menu includes pork ribs, chicken wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, and more. They have pulled pork sandwiches and beef brisket sandwiches as well. They also have a whole array of sides, including mac-n-cheese, fries, collard greens, and sweet potatoes.
Joy Luck Restaurant - (4201 Webber Pkwy.,, 612-287-0005, website) Joy Luck Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant that has all your comfort food favorites. The restaurant's decor is unassuming and spare, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The service is friendly. The menu includes Sweet & Sour Chicken, Bar-B-Q Spare Ribs, Szechuan Beef, and Baby Shrimp with Cashew Nuts. They do delivery.
Mykonos Coffee & Grill - (4171 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-367-4676, website) Mykonos Coffee & Grill is a neighborhood favorite that specializes in breakfast and lunch. It has colorful walls that are both calming and cheering. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is friendly. The menu includes gyros, a breakfast sandwich, a mushroom and Swiss burger, and assorted desserts, and more.
Northside Steakhouse - (4330 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-353-6804, website) Northside Steakhouse is unassuming on the outside and looks like a 50s diner on the inside with its red-and-white checkered floor. The service is friendly and fast, and there's plenty to choose from. The menu includes a wide variety of dishes, such as a New York strip steak, BBQ chicken, burritos, and a catfish dinner. They also have sandwiches, burgers, and other dinner combinations. Their sides include cheese curds, baked potatoes, and mac & cheese.
The Thirsty Whale Bakery - (4149 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-259-7168, website) The Thirsty Whale Bakery was opened in 2018 by the aptly named by Megan and Kyle Baker who are highly-regarded pastry chefs. They are creative with their pastries and they are always eager to work with their customers to ensure the aesthetics and deliciousness of their creations. They are known for their donuts, each more beautiful and tasty than the one before. These include seasonal treats such as Pumpkin Cheesecake Bismarck and their regular donuts such as Salted Caramel Mocha, The Elvis, Maple Raised Ring, and Cream Cheese Persian. They have other pastries such as Nutella Croissant. On the cake side, they custom-make cakes for all occasion such as weddings, and the flavors include Honeywine Moscato, Chocolate Orange, and Banana.
Tori 44 Ramen - (2203 44th Ave. N,, 612-345-7078, website) Tori 44 Ramen was opened in 2018 by the owner of Tori Ramen in St. Paul. It is a Japanese restaurant that focuses on ramen, naturally (with a few Korean dishes), and became an instant neighborhood favorite when it opened. The decor is sleek and modern with an industrial bent, and the service is friendly. The ramen menu includes Dan Dan Noodles n' Chill, Kor Dee Yuh, and Dra(MN). Their non-ramen menu includes K-Pop Chicken Sammy, Vegan Kimchi, and J-Pop Potato Salad Side.  On the drink side, they have Chemistry Pinot Noir, Hamms, and Broken Clock Crowler. They have patio dining when the weather permits.
Shopping
Dancing Bear Chocolate Northern Chocolate Studio - (4367 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-254-4354, website) Dancing Bear Chocolate Northern Chocolate Studio was opened in 2020 by Joe Sifker and Steven Howard (the chocolatier/pastry chef). It's an interesting mix of a brick-and-mortar store, a learning/education center about the intricacies of chocolate, and a community hub. Their delicious treats include truffles, eclairs, Bear Paw (fudge brownie with dried cherries), cakes, and so many more delicious treats that are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste. You'll want to try everything on the menu.
Golden Fleece, Inc. - (3856 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-521-9909, website) Golden Fleece, Inc. was opened in 1995 by Daniel Goldman who has a passion for fine upholstery. They believe in collaboration with their clients in order to present each of them with their own bespoke product at the end of the collaboration. They focus on bedding, furniture upholstery, and window treatments. They have several decades worth of experience in interior decoration, fabrics, and furniture. If you have a creative vision for your house's interior, they will work with you to ensure that vision.
Great American Pizza (Camden Mart) - (4151 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-259-7929, website) Great American Pizza is inside Camden Mart and is the brainchild of manager, Joe Abi Saab who always dreamed of owning a pizza place. He's very engaged with his customers and is eager to make sure they get exactly what they want. The Specialty Pizzas include Cheeseburger Pizza and BBQ Beef Pizza. They also have Super Specialty Pizzas such as Seafood Pizza and American Stuffed Pie. They have a pasta menu as well that includes Seafood Fettuccine and Italian Pasta Supreme. You're sure to find something tasty here.
Guilded Salvage Antiques - (4430 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-789-1680, website) Guilded Salvage Antiques was opened twenty years ago by Scott Rogers and has been in the current location for over a decade (along with three other locations). They have a passion for antiques and an equal passion for finding the perfect antique for each client. They pride themselves on their customer service, in fact, and they have gained a reputation for being trustworthy. Most of their items are from local houses from the 1880s to the 1940s, and they focus on lighting and hardware.
Maye African Hair Braiding - (3801 Queen Ave. N,, 612-529-9068, website) Maye African Hair Braiding is a hair saloon that focuses on all different kinds of braiding, ranging from basic to elaborate hairstyles. Some of the styles include box braids, passion twists, and cornrows. They do twist ups, knots, and colors, too. They do other hairstyles as well, but their main focus is braids.
The Flower Gal - (4601 N Queen Ave.,, 612-998-4534) The Flower Gal is a floral shop owned by Lynn. She has excellent customer service and is focused on making the perfect arrangement for each customer. She has won awards for her floral designs. She provides arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays, and more. In addition to flowers, she has mylar balloons and other accessories. She has something special for every occasion.
Victory - (3505 W 44th St.,, 612-926-8200, website) Victory was the brain child of best friends, Lisa Balke and Susan Blankenship, based on their mutual love of hunting for and discovering unique antiques all across the country. Because of their frequent forays into the antique hunting world, they have added inventory on a daily basis. Said inventory includes jewelry, candles, furniture and more, and they have new and vintage items in all categories. They also sell jewelry made by local artists.
Nightlife
Camden Tavern & Grill - (4601 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-529-4490, website) The Camden Tavern & Grill is a low-key neighborhood joint that is a great place to chill with friends and a pint. They have darts and music, and sometimes, there's karaoke. The decor is mostly wood and the atmosphere is relaxed. The service is friendly and drinks flow during Happy Hour. Their breakfast menu includes Carnivore Omelet, Corned Beef Hash, Breakfast Sandwich, and more. Their lunch and dinner menu has dishes such as Pork Burger, Hot Beef Sandwich, Camden Special (homemade pizza), and Battered Cod.
T-Shoppe Bar - (4154 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-521-3373, website) T-Shoppe Bar has been considered one of the best dive bars in North Minneapolis. It has a casual atmosphere and friendly service. It's the last 3,2 bar in the nation. It's owned by Marion and Joe Abell, and they have worked hard to foster a welcoming atmosphere for their customers. They have pizza if you have the munchies and they have frosted tankards if you want to keep your beer ice-cold. It's a great place to go with some friends just to hang out and have a few beers.
Community Arts & Recreation
Hopewell Music Cooperative North - (4350 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-466-0696, website) Hopewell Music Cooperative North was opened in 2012 by two Northside music teachers who were frustrated with the shrinking resources for music classes in Minneapolis North. 50 students enrolled for the Lesson Program, which was the start of a steady growth that reached over 700 students by 2018. In 2013, they added an Ensemble Program because there aren't any ensembles in North Minneapolis. They are dedicated to making the lives of their students and members of the community better through music. They offer a sliding-scale tuition and financial assistance to anyone who needs it. They want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of music.
Lind Community Garden - (51st and Dupont Ave. N,, 415-378-0461, website) Lind Community Garden is on the campus of the Jenny Lind Elementary School to the northern side. It's managed and maintained by the Lind-Bonhanon Neighborhood Association. It has raised garden plots for better gardening, and it's a great place to gather with other green-thumbed people who are interested in growing an abundant supply of produce. During summer, fellow gardeners trade tips (and produce!) as they happily toil away in the soil. They give the excess to a food shelf, which is a win-win for everyone.
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