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  1. Over in Minneapolis, the more than 100 year old Schubert Theatre was saved from destruction and literally lifted and moved 3 blocks away to 5th and Hennepin. If you go to the Schubert Theatre website, there is a Youtube fast forward video of the building being moved to 5th and Hennepin. It was am amazing feat!

  2. Your talk of neighborhood & urban design patterns reminds me of a book called “A Pattern Language” by a group of architects & urban planners. It was written in the 70’s but from what I understand continues to be one of the best-selling books on architecture. It describes a set of design patterns that promote healthy neighborhoods. You described a number of them in your post (shopping streets, neighborhood boundaries, density, etc.). Great to have a number of these design elements in Mac-Groveland supporting this being such a livable community.

  3. Jim, thank you for the reference! I have seen A Pattern Language; at some point I perused it standing up in a bookstore somewhere. Will keep an eye out for it. Katharyn was a bookseller back in Massachusetts, and we brought a hundred or so boxes of the cream of the collection with us; perhaps there’s a copy still awaiting shelving downstairs.

  4. You and Katharyn might be interested in a new (and maybe the second?) bookstore in Mac-Groveland called Addendum. It is young-adult focused and located at Randolph & Cleveland. I have not had a chance to stop in yet but the Pioneer Press did a nice article on them and another bookstore earlier this summer (link below). Great to see some openings and expansions of local brick-and-mortar bookstores instead of the opposite that has typically been the case.

  5. Jim, thanks again. Very nice profile of the two stores. It happens we dined at Luci this evening, 2 doors down from Addendum. We’ll visit soon when they are open.

  6. Enjoying the blog! A New York transplant that has lived here for 5 years. You mention how the businesses cluster at intersections of “super blocks.” I am pretty sure all those little micro villages trace back to where the street cars had stops. But not 100 percent sure.

  7. Thank you, Benjamin. Good observation! I will see what I can turn up in the way of old streetcar maps.

  8. Benjamin, look what I found: a map of old Twin Cities streetcar routes. Below is a close-up from it. Your theory is half borne out. Lines ran down the east-west super-block bordering streets Selby / Marshall, Grand, St.Clair, and Randolph. Of the north-south streets, only Snelling was covered.
    mac-groveland streetcar routes

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