Deep North Podcast Archives
Jay Walljasper and Alexandra Connett make a case for a city beyond cows, cold, and camp snoopy. Before moving to Minneapolis, Alexandra had no expectations for Minnesota, “Everyone was asking me why I was moving to the middle of nowhere.” Since arriving, her experience has been much different than she had imagined
Jay Walljasper, author of The Great Neighborhood Book, says Alexandra isn’t a unique case and that this perception is partially Minnesotans fault. In the age of social media and the brand called you “it’s time that MSP set aside its suburban sensibility and proudly say we are a city.”
An old factory on the Minneapolis St. Paul border has forgone it’s 20th century widgets for much different wares. Today coffee roasts, beer brews, drills grind, and golf clubs putt. The building’s new tenants embody the potential of creative enterprise and inspire the artist in all of us.
- Can Can Wonderland
- Vestibule Trailers
- True Stone Coffee roasters
- Naughty Puppet Review
- Creative Enterprise Zone
This week on Deep North: The climate controlled hallways that elevate Minneapolis and St. Paul humans to the second floor. The value of these skyways is a contentious issue. Some say they kill street life and hurt small business Others see the skyways as an asset for less mobile populations, and a comfortable way to get out of the office.
But for this show, we’re going to set the debate aside and take a walk through these elevated hallways. With professional place maker, Max Musicant, we’ll explore how design affects people, how people shape the built environment, and how these spaces foster civic life.
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Interested in experimenting with public design? Try transforming your front yard into a place that makes your community come alive by grabbing the free front yard tool kit from the Musicant group.
It’s cold here. Embracing it instills community in very different ways. In this episode we visit the spaces shifting the paradigm of what it means to gather during winter.
Places, people, and businesses featured:
Unique enclaves scattered with shops, parks, museums, and universities. Boundaries are blurry, but when meandering from one to another, distinct identities emerge. On this show, we stroll through one of the 84 neighborhoods that, in it’s odd uniqueness, represents how eclectic the different corners of Minneapolis can be.
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