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Best Undiscovered Neighborhood

Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

A part of the Camden community of north Minneapolis, the Victory neighborhood derives its name from Victory Memorial Drive, a regal and historic parkway dedicated to Hennepin County soldiers who died in World War I that runs through the neighborhood and features stately trees planted in memory of the fallen men, as well as a majestic flagpole and several statues. Most of the housing in the neighborhood was built during a period of growth in the 1920s and '30s, when tradesmen and middle managers from local manufacturers moved to the area because it was close to their jobs and had easy streetcar access to downtown. Many of the neighborhood's Craftsman-style bungalows and Tudors have been lovingly cared for over the years and are affordable alternatives to similar homes in other parts of the city, with access to beautiful parks and other amenities. The community takes great care in preserving its picturesque green spaces and the historic integrity of the parkway, and neighbors gather frequently at garage sales, ice cream socials, concerts, and a corner building that houses both a cheery coffee shop, Steamworks Coffee & Tea, and the renowned chef-driven gastropub Victory 44.

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Best Billboard MIA's graffiti-bombed Titian

Best Bridge Franklin Avenue Bridge

Best Bus Route The 3A

Best Celebrity Letdown Prince almost joins Gayngs at First Avenue

Best Celebrity Sighting Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Cemetery Oakland Cemetery

Best Charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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Best Festival Ten Second Film Fest

Best Fight The dog park controversy at MLK Park

Best Free Activity Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Best Graffiti Oh, the Manatee!

Best Hipster Hangout Turf Club

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Local Blog The Adventures of Johnny Northside

Best Local Boy Made Good Vincent Kartheiser

Best Local Girl Made Good Aditi Kapil

Best Local Website MNBeer

Best Mayor R.T. Rybak

Best Neighborhood Lyn-Lake

Best New Hipster Hangout Hell's Kitchen

Best Old Building The Pioneer Building

Best Park Mears Park

Best Place for a First Date Lawn bowling at Brit's Pub

Best Place to Break Up McDonald's parking lot

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Best Place to Make Out Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Place to People-Watch The Brass Rail

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests Nye's Polonaise Room

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Best Politician Amy Klobuchar

Best Scandal The Trevor Cook Affair

Best Sightseeing Indian Mounds Park

Best Sign of Spring Sunken pickup trucks

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

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Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski