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St. Paul Union Depot

Just a few years ago, St. Paul's Union Depot was a striking edifice in need of new lifeblood, a grand old building with far less purpose than it had before the Amtrak station relocated to a dingy cinderblock carbuncle off University. While its housing and restaurant tenants kept it alive through the aughts, it was the reclamation of the space as a major transit hub for buses, light rail, and commuter trains that finally revitalized it, with the notable help of a gorgeous restoration that made it feel like the Depot had never really gone away. The high ceilings and graceful arches built nearly 100 years ago remain striking, and the return of the skylights — painted over since World War II — give the space some of the most vibrant indoor natural light in the metro. As a transportation hub, it's a crucial center of the city, but the Depot's additional utility as an entertainment venue and community gathering space — as exhibited by the 2013 "Station to Station" tour and President Obama's visit last February — means it's also grown into the fabric of Lowertown's artistic community.

Best Place to Walk at Night (2018) St. Paul Skyway between Union Depot and Cray Plaza

Best Adopted Minnesotan Astronautalis

Best Alternative Fries Curried mushroom fries at the Moral Omnivore

Best App The Minnesota State Fair App

Best Barbecue Q-Fanatic BBQ and Grill

Best Blog <a href=""></a>

Best Bus Route Route 4

Best Classic Burger Casper & Runyon's Nook

Best Columnist C.J.

Best Commercial Jeff Wagner for Mayor

Best Corner 34th and Lyndale

Best Cyclist Under Pressure Amber Dallman

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Festival The MSP International Film Festival

Best Gay Bar eagleBOLTbar

Best Ghost Twitter Account @MPLSweather

Best Instagram Account Tom Horgen

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Lesbian Bar Night GRRRL SCOUT at the Nomad World Pub

Best Local Boy Made Good Josh Hartnett

Best Local Girl Made Good Nicole Curtis

Best Local Landmark The Grain Belt sign

Best Mayor Betsy Hodges

Best Mural Central Identity Project

Best Neighborhood North Loop

Best New Law Marriage Equality

Best Nonprofit Second Harvest Heartland

Best Place for a First Date Como Zoo

Best Place to Break Up Uptown Art Fair

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Best Place to Make Out Kitty Cat Klub lounge

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) Flip Phone at Honey

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Adult Kickball Leagues

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Best Place to People-Watch In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre's April workshops

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Midtown Greenway

Best Place to Warm Up Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Best Politician Jesse Ventura

Best Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Scandal Rogers Confessions

Best Sign of Spring Restaurant patios return

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan Cole

Best Street Lake Street

Best TV Newscaster Jason DeRusha

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best TV Station WCCO

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard

Best Tweeter Chris Steller

Best View Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers

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Best Wardrobe Sarah Edwards

Best Website Gentleman's Gazette

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