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The METRO system has not only made it easy to travel between Bloomington, downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, but it has also encouraged neighborhood growth along its stops.

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The METRO system has not only made it easy to travel between Bloomington, downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, but it has also encouraged neighborhood growth along its stops. It has created a lifestyle—and an enviable one at that—with train cars routinely packed with sports fans, downtown cube dwellers and travelers with suitcases. Thanks to its influence, formerly sleepy neighborhoods in South Minneapolis like Longfellow, Powderhorn Park, Midtown and Kingfield are all hot properties again.

East of Hiawatha are quiet neighborhoods filled with craftsman bungalows and hidden treasures such as the Riverview Theater, known for its class movie house space, cheap seats and popcorn made with real butter. Then there are areas like Nicollet Avenue between 35th and 38th streets, where you can dine on really good diner food at Nighthawks, from-scratch cooking at Blackbird, sushi at Kyatchi, gastro pub fare at Pat’s Tap, or a Latin favorite at Hola Arepa.

When entertaining out of town guests, make sure to bring them to Minnehaha Park. Not only does it have winding trails to a 53-foot urban waterfall, but one may also visit the classic Longfellow House for some Minneapolis history and information on the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, a 50-mile scenic tour through the city via car, bicycle or foot.

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