I took down Dupont and Emerson Avenues in North Minneapolis from Olson Memorial Highway to Weber Parkway today.
My kick off spot was the Nice Ride location next to Summit Academy, because I considered winging it across the Camden bridge, so may have needed to pick up a bike in NE to get back around if I got too out of control on my loop.
In the end, I stuck to a straight N-S run. Summit Academy provided vocational training and have a green house on site that’s, I believe, used for training for green collar jobs.
Heading north, I passed through Sumner Field, which is looking great these days. This area has been transformed in recent years. Check out the link for more info.
And, park has free WiFi.
At Plymouth and Dupont, I noticed a fitness program sign. Is this unique to the area?
Entering the Old Highland neighborhood, I noticed that their public trash cans are well distributed and used as signage. The trash cans appear to be used as well, since there was a lot less trash on the streets in this part of my run than others.
Great Ciao, Inc is at the end of Dupont’s dead end to the south of Plymouth. This is one of the many food related warehouses in North Minneapolis. This business specializes in importing oils and cheeses for restaurants.
This is a good example of what well maintained or refurbished homes in Old Highland look like. Pretty awesome, eh?
Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church’s service had just wrapped up as I was passing by.
Things were pretty quiet along Broadway at Dupont. Just over a month ago, a guy was shot multiple times at Dupont and 34th, but it was quiet when I passed by.
At 41st & Dupont is an old elementary school that has been converted into some sort of police establishment. Google describes it as Safe/Community Crime Prevention. The parking lot has police and inspections cars. Apparently, you get gated parking unless you’re handicapped.
The hoops are gone, and have been replaced with slam cams.
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church is one of four congregations forming the Camden Lutheran Parish. A group of diverse Lutheran churches serving the community.
I ended up running into Webber Park, which looked beautiful on this fall day.
The bike paths are in fine shape in this part of town. Check them out, then grab a bite at Victory 44 or Papa’s Pizza.
Our student population of 269 is 24% Hispanic and 75% African American with less than 2% Caucasian and Native American students. Twenty-three percent do not speak English as their primary language. Over 90% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits.
That sounds like the type of school that could perform well and still not perform well on standardized tests.
St Bridget’s Church at Emerson and Dowling is a Catholic church in its 95th year. The current building was built in 1958.
I saw a lot of DFL candidate signs on this run, but this sign outside of a house with litter everywhere was the only one I saw for Joel Demos. Demos may have the hardest Republican job in the state of Minnesota: Running against Keith Ellison in the 5th District.
A few blocks further south was the site of a Habit for Humanity project. It’s great to see Habitat for Humanity refurbishing a property rather than building a new house from scratch. It seems like we currently have plenty of properties, but some are less than habitable, so investing resources into getting the current housing stock up to livable seems like a better option to me.
St. Olaf Lutheran Church, in the Jordan Neighborhood at 29th & Emerson, has a no-nonsense approach to Jesus’ teachings that is often missing from FOX News Christianity:
If you are looking for a church home that takes seriously the Christian mandate to serve the poor and seek social justice, then St. Olaf is for you.
THEMADONES M/C (Motorcycle Club) has been active since 1958, while calling a variety of bars around Minneapolis home. Their HQ is on Emerson.
The same block was home to two sets of shoefiti hanging from a mid-block powerline.
Kwanzaa Community Church‘s website is under construction, so I couldn’t find out what they’re all about.
The Upper Midwest American Indian Center, at Broadway and Emerson, started in 1937 to help American Indians moving to the Twin Cities find jobs. Their scope has expended to other human services over the years.
The Bean Scene is one of Broadway’s only coffee shops.
Emerson and Broadway is also home to some murals and trash can art, including this one.
Cross Connections is some sort of faith based meeting space with recording capabilities designed to “facilitate holistic reconciliation and transformation of North Minneapolis.” I think that means that they help get kids off the street by helping them record music.
Opened in 1915, the Sumner Community Library at Van White Memorial Boulevard and Olson Memorial Highway received its most recent renovation in 2004. It’s named after an abolitionist US Senator from Massachusetts, Charles Sumner.
Just to the south of Olson Memorial Highway on Van White Memorial Boulevard is an assisted living community called Heritage Commons at Ponds Edge, which includes this great new lake and trails.
By the way, Van White was Minneapolis’ first black city council member, serving from 1980-1989. His Wikipedia page could use some work.
Glendale Seventh-Day Adventist Church is just south of Heritage Commons. Their anti-caffeine stance is too hardcore for me.
I snapped this shot from Dupont just north of Glenwood, then headed back to my car.
Amazingly, I didn’t see any other runners, recreational bikers, roller bladers, etc., over the 9 miles of this run.
Overall, an excellent tour through north Minneapolis. My only issue was a kid on a dirt bike around 8 who asked me “Are you jogging?” No, little guy. I call this running. Can’t you tell from the Doppler effect as I pass you?
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