Tangletown is a unique, peaceful neighbourhood with Minnehaha Creek and Parkway flowing through the center. It’s a smaller district that varies from the regular Minneapolis grid neighbourhoods. Twisty roads weave through the county, and it begins to lose the alphabetized streets. This is one neighborhood that fits into its name, with beautifully architectural houses and a supportive neighborhood community. Blue collar businesses dot the roads here and there, with the most famous Tangletown Gardens and Wise Acre Restaurant and Liberty Custard. The former is, obviously, a garden store, but it’s much more than that. They have a garden center with more than 3,000 varieties of perennials, aquatic plants, a heirloom vegetable selection, and much more. They have an instate greenhouse facility where they grow most of their plant material, and the rest is provided by small local growers. They provide a Garden and Art Tour on the last Saturday of every July which features some of the best gardens in the Twin Cities, along with local arts and galleries. This is just a sample of what Tangletown Gardens has to offer. Visit their website to learn more.Tangletown has two first-class schools and small shops with everything within walking, biking, or busing distance. The nature in the county contributes to the serene feeling of the area, and the people are very diligent about taking measures to protect the earth. It’s a friendly environment that appreciates gardening, art, community, and vitality.
Tangletown was originally known as Washburn Park, named after Cadwallader Washburn in 1886. Washburn made a fortune through a lumber, railroads, and building the Gold Medal Flour Company. Eventually, Washburn became a philanthropist and left $375,000 to found and preserve an Orphan Asylum. As Washburn wished, the orphanage was built and cared for over 900 children for 43 years. In 1929, child welfare policy was changed and and the orphanage was demolished and turned into a park-like environment. Because of the charming and peaceful setting, developers and landscape architect Horace Cleveland took commissions to turn the rolling hills and creek views into a map for construction. The first resident of Washburn Park was Harry Wild Jones, who encouraged other park board members to preserve the land surrounding Minnehaha Creek. His suggestion was upheld, and soon after, the Thorpe Brothers appeared in Washburn Park to help grid out more land. They wanted to attract business, and therefore attempted to set up a grid system like neighboring areas. This received an outcry from Charles Loring, president of the Park Board at the time. He had been preserving the nature of Minnehaha Parkway, but he feared if the grid system was installed, they would lose the beautiful scenery. The Thorpe Brothers eventually agreed to respect Horace Cleveland’s original plans. Thusfore, the neighborhood follows a strange windy pattern of roads, and truly is one of the most unique neighborhoods of all time.
Green / Environmental
In 2013, Minneapolis adopted their Climate Action Plan, which put into place a comprehensive set of emission reduction strategies. These strategies cover 3 areas: Buildings and energy, Transportation and land use, Waste and recycling.
For buildings and energy, the goal is to reduce energy usage by 17%, and generate 10% of electricity from local, renewable sources. On the residential building side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "home energy audit" as part of the Truth In Housing program (TIH or TISH, Truth In Sale of Housing). This would require sellers to have an energy score when listing their house for sale. They are proposing that the TISH inspectors be trained to perform this component of the inspection process. The end result of this energy score would be a single number, for example 37 on a scale of 1 to 100. 100 would mean that the house would have virtually no energy costs.
Another part of this program is to make incentives for sellers to improve their homes energy-wise so that they can get a higher sale price due to energy efficiencies. If they don't, the buyers will at least have some knowledge about the energy efficiency of the house, making it an incentive to them to improve the house energy-wise.
Also on the residential side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "time of rent" energy disclosure for renters. Renters currently have no way of knowing how much their utility bills will be before renting a unit. The disclosure would be mandated so that renters could compare units on energy efficiency. This would give incentives to the landlord (owners) to improve their buildings to make them more attractive to the rental market.
On the commercial side of things, some of them already have to do an energy score of sorts and disclose to purchasers. Minneapolis would like to extend that to all commercial buildings. They also have an Energy Reduction Challenge called the "Kilowatt Crackdown" to encourage commercial buildings to reduce usage.
For renewable energy, Minneapolis is trying to create policies that promote renewable energy, develop a "solar-ready" certification, and encourage "net-zero" buildings.
Making a building "solar-ready" adds virtually no cost at the time of construction, and would potentially have some value to purchasers. This would involve adding some structural supports and electrical conduit so that solar could be installed without adding structural support to the roof trusses, and/or digging in walls to add conduit. Both of these items can be added at a very low cost when in the construction phase.
What is a net-zero building? Basically net-zero means the building (or house) would generate all the energy it needs to power the building itself. This generally means that the building is super insulated so that it requires less energy to heat and cool the building, as well as solar panels to generate the energy it needs. Oftentimes this type of building uses geo-thermal heat pumps to heat and cool the building, running off solar energy. You can read more about "Net-Zero" buildings at this link.
You can read the entire action plan at the link below. Minneapolis Climate Action Plan:
Tangletown has a very unique mixture of houses, from Spanish / Mediterranean style homes, to formal colonials, to stately tudors. There are many cool houses tucked on the hillside that makes up Tangletown. If you are wanting to search for homes, or list your home for sale, click on the links below.
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Fuller Park - (4800 Grand Ave S, 612-370-4963, website) Tangletown neighborhood only has one official park, Fuller Park. It was named after a local feminist named Margaret Fuller who lived in the mid-1800s. Fuller Park has a well-loved playground, a wading pool, garden, picnic area, basketball court, and a walking path. Inside the building, there’s a community kitchen, computer lab, craft room, meeting room, and a multipurpose room. The park is located on the corners of West 48th Street and Grand Avenue South.
Cafe Ena - (4601 Grand Ave, 615-824-4441, website) Cafe Ena is a Latin Fusion Cuisine restaurant, with a fabulous seafood menu of lunch, dinner, and a side menu of fancy wines, beverages, and desserts. They take reservations and also do caterings--this restaurant is high quality and a great place to have a date or celebrate an anniversary.
Prima's - (5325 Lyndale Ave, 612-827-7376, website) Prima's (5325 Lyndale Ave, 611-827-7376 ) is an intimate restaurant that has from-scratch Italian pasta, salad, panini, meat, and seafood. They also do catering, and have a farm where they grow all of their ingredients.
Roastery - (616 W 54th St, 612-810-0769, website) Although The Roastery is known for their coffee, they also have burgers, bagels, a breakfast menu, salads, and tea. Grab a quick bite to eat and a carefully brewed cup of coffee at The Roastery.
Sun Street Breads - (4600 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-3414, website) Sun Street Breads has a delicious collection of breads, soups, and pastries, and even pizza. You can enjoy small and cute tables with the company of two or three friends.
Wise Acre Eatery - (5401 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-2577, website) Wise Acre Eatery is good for brunches and dinners, and now takes dinner reservations. It’s great for a quick solitary, duo, or family meal. They believe on the best practices of farmers and chefs. "Wise Acre is a true farm-to-table experience."
Driftwood Char Bar - (4415 Nicollet Ave S, 612-354-3402, website) If you head East, past 46th street, you’ll reach Driftwood Char Bar, open 7 days a week. Driftwood Char Bar provides live music, bar food, and ice cold beers, which makes a great place to hang out at night!
Community Arts & Recreation
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