Cobbled together: Historic Minneapolis street makes 'prettiest' list


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Minnesota may not be home to the oldest streets in the U.S., but a cobblestone street that has the "Old World feel" was named one of the prettiest, most Instagram-worthy roads in the nation.

Main Street, along the east bank of the Mississippi River near Saint Anthony Main, was named one of USA Today's 10Best: Prettiest cobblestone streets across America.

The publication says maintaining these sprained ankle-causing, high heel-wrecking streets is tedious, which has led many cities to rebuild them. But these bumpy, uneven roads have their charm, which is why USA Today made a list of the prettiest surviving examples of cobblestone streets.

Here's what the publication had to say about Main Street:

"Main Street, running along the Mississippi River across from downtown, is the oldest street in Minneapolis and still home to the oldest restaurant in Minneapolis, Pracna on Main established in 1890. The street is lined with entertainment options and historic buildings on one side and the gorgeous riverfront view with the Minneapolis skyline on the other. The original cobblestones still pave the street."

For more on the historic street, click here.

Main Street is technically in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis, which has been named one of the city's top 10 neighborhoods, one of the best places to take out-of-town guests and was named one of the country's top 10 eco-friendly neighborhoods, according to the neighborhood's website.

Minneapolis is one of three cities named on the list that isn't on the East Coast. The other two are the Old Market entertainment district in Omaha, Nebraska and Laclede's Landing in St. Louis, Missouri.

The other prettiest cobblestone streets in the nation include: Acorn Street in Boston, Massachusetts (pictured below); Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Murray Hill Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Wharf Street in Portland, Maine; Fell's Point in Baltimore, Maryland; Captains Row in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia; and Historic River Street in Savannah, Georgia.

See photos and a history of the streets here.

Not all bumpy streets are appreciated though. Minneapolis is considering repairing and rebuilding some of the bumpy brick and cobblestone streets in the North Loop neighborhood, which has turned into one of the fastest developing neighborhoods in Minneapolis, WCCO reported last month.

Although the streets can damage the suspensions of vehicles, many who live and work in the area agree the historic touch is part of what gives the neighborhood its charm.

The plan involves taking some of the bump out, while still retaining the street's character, City Councilman Jacob Frey told WCCO.

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