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OurUptown.com is a news, opinion, and special interest story website aimed at furthering the community dialogue on Uptown Minneapolis.

The site is operated by Thatcher Imboden, an Uptown Minneapolis native who now resides further south in Minneapolis but works for The Ackerberg Group, an Uptown real estate development and property management firm. Thatcher is the President of the Uptown Association and has served on its Board of Director’s since 2007. When not working or spending time with family and friends, Thatcher is likely researching history (co-author of the history books Uptown Minneapolis and Lyn-Lake Minneapolis), engaging in bike advocacy, or baking anything with a dough.

Cedar Phillips is also an Uptown native but has had the opportunity to live in other great cities, such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco to name a few. Cedar is a professional historian, a mom of an energetic toddler, and is passionate about walkable neighborhoods. Co-author of Uptown Minneapolis and Lyn-Lake Minneapolis, she is a local expert on the history of the greater Uptown area.

OurUptown.com was created in 2005 as a way to better communicate about Uptown real estate development and on the businesses that call Uptown home. With the site’s populist definition of Uptown, as a wide encompassing area with sub districts, it was the most detailed and complete website on Uptown’s business community. In discussions with the Uptown Association, it was agreed to that UptownMinneapolis.com was the natural location for a visitor’s website. The organization will be using content from the previous OurUptown.com to populate its pages initially until a more robust site is developed.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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