Carly and I toured the Kingfield, Lyndale, and Whittier neighborhoods on Pleasant and Grand Aves S on Saturday. (FYI, today, Dec. 28th, just happens to be Carly’s birthday.)
Lake Country School, at 38th & Pleasant, was our starting point. This school fosters some of Minneapolis’ greatest thinkers, based on my experience with friends who’ve attended this school.
Running North on Pleasant Ave was a bit of a challenge over the first few blocks since the street was covered in a few inches of icy snow with deep, slick, tire tracks. A frozen berm separated the narrow path from the plowed in cars. This 6-block stretch was a mess, but things were in pretty good shape elsewhere on this run.
Unlike this 6-block segment of Pleasant Ave, the Midtown Greenway was well plowed and had seen some bike commuting based on teh tire tracks. I don’t know if it’s designated as such, but the Midtown Greenway deserves high priority plowing due to the high volume of traffic it carries. Much higher than any side street in the city.
Early Wonders Pre-School in the PPL Bethlehem Community Center at 26th St seems like a fun place to hang out.
Heading back on Grand Ave, a woman driving down 26th in a Corolla honked and waved at us. Thanks for the wave, Corolla driver. After that, we looped around Whittier International Elementary School on Harriet before getting back on track on Grand. Whittier describes itself as Minneapolis’ best kept secret on its website, which makes me curious to find out more about the success of the school. Any know anyone who’s gone their or kids go there?
Crossing Lake St, I was tempted to stop for a $2 slice at Uptown Pizza, but was motivated to keep going by Carly.
I couldn’t find a website for the Hio Thanh Tin Lan Viet Nam Vietnamese Alliance Church at 31st & Grand. Does anyone know more about this institution? It looks like their previous AOL hosted website has disappeared.
I hope Lyndale Elementary School teaches kids the meaning of Pi. The school’s next open house in on Jan 13th at 6:30pm.
I didn’t get to stop at the Butter Bakery Cafe at 36th & Grand during my run either. A net calorie loss. I’m wasting away.
Victor’s 1959 Cafe at 38th & Grand was covered in snow, but was surely serving cozy Cuban cuisine inside. This is a great place for revolutionaries and non-revolutionary Cuban food loving locals. This place, which was featured on the Food Network’s Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives, probably isn’t high Michele Bachmann’s list of must-hit local diners.