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In 1967, faded Nicollet Avenue, the city's principal shopping area, was converted into Nicollet Mall, one of the country's first pedestrian malls. The traffic-clogged street was replaced with a rolling, 30-foot wide roadway for buses and taxis only. Sidewalks were widened and turned into a shady, flower-filled boulevard. A clock presides over Peavey Plaza at 11th Street. This 12-block area is home to hundreds of shops, theaters, department stores, and restaurants.
Grand Avenue in St. Paul is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Minnesota. The bustling street cultivates a unique small town atmosphere and offers restaurants, shops, bars and events and more along its tree-lined sidewalks. Major events include Grand Old Day, the largest one-day festival in all of the Midwest.
Uptown is a bustling hub of entertainment, dining and shopping in Minneapolis. It is also home to more than 30,000 residents. Guests find that Uptown makes an enjoyable destination for a leisurely stroll through the streets or a day trip to explore to a different facet of this vibrant city.