The Other Mike and I took on two Longfellow Community Avenues last night: 44th and 43rd from near their Northern ends to their Southern stop at Minnehaha Park.
We started by heading North on 44th, crossing Lake Street past the East Lake Dairy Queen (which is open):
Two blocks later, we hit Dorman Ave, went left, and circled back on 43rd where we passed The Craftsman at Lake St:
American Rug Laundry represented at Lake St too:
At 43rd Ave S and 38th St E, we noticed a sign for an upcoming meeting regarding future plans for the Howe Community School.
Howe has been closed for a few years now. At one time, plans were in the works to use the building for artist’s quarters and a day care among other things but that fell through. If you have information about the latest plans, drop a comment or send me an email.
At that point, we crossed into LoFo: an unofficial definition for “Lower Longfellow” – the blocks below 38th St E. Above that, unofficially, is Lake-8 (Lake to 38th) and parts of Longfellow North of Lake are uncharted.
A few blocks later we passed through an icy Hiawatha School and Park:
After reaching Minnehaha Park, we headed back up 44th, into the Cooper Neighborhood, and passed the closed Cooper Community School a block before the end of our run:
As you can probably tell, it started to snow before we finished our run. That was probably better than the drizzle we were dealing with earlier on.
I haven’t heard any recent news about plans for reuse of this elementary school. Any scoops?