Best Place to Walk at Night
Milwaukee Avenue Historic District
Step onto Milwaukee Avenue without knowing its rich history, and you’ll think you’ve stumbled onto the set of a Tim Burton movie. A small, nondescript street in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood, this block looks like other streets in the area — until you realize there are no cars, there is no actual street, and the houses are identical. With a grassy, well-lit mall in lieu of a road, and rows of cute little gingerbread houses with front porches to look at and out from, this is the perfect, traffic-free spot to take a quiet stroll under the cover of darkness. Built in the late 1800s, the block was saved from destruction in the 1970s, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also studied in college courses as an example of innovative urban planning.With its uncanny houses harkening back to a bygone time and place, it feels downright magical.