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The Twin Cities is celebrating National Park(ing) Day today. Participating Minneapolis parking spots are conveniently mapped for you. The Park(ing spot)s will be on display from 11am-2pm. There’s a community gathering/happy hour from 5pm-8pm sponsored by Community Design Group and Solutions Twin Cities. All the deets about the parks and today’s events are at TC Streets for People.

Solutions Twin Cities is also hosting a big ol’ game of Urban Capture the Flag on Northrop Mall tomorrow (Saturday, 9/20) at 4pm. Info and RSVP at that link.

Max went to the grand opening of the new W Hotel downtown, which I think of as “the Foshay, where Keys’ Cafe is.” He hated the event and liked the 29th-floor bar Prohibition. (When Max, as a cocktail connoisseur, says drinks are good, they are really good.) You should read his review as much for his opinion as for the fact that it’s very well written. It’s long, but it’s worth it.

Minnesota Public Radio now has an application in the iTunes App Store. It allows you to stream MPR’s three stations (news, classical, The Current) on your iPhone or iPod Touch. I couldn’t find any mention of this on MPR’s website, so thanks to Future Tense‘s Jon Gordon for the heads up.

MinnPost is hosting debate watching parties. See the presidential candidate debate on Friday, Sep 26, the VP candidate debate on Thursday, Oct 2, the Minnesota Senate candidate debate which is still TBD. All events hosted at Trocadero’s. Admission and snacks free, cash bar, RSVP required. Only open to MinnPost members — which technically means it’s not free — so you can join online or at the door.

The Minnesota Campaign for Change (i.e., the Obama campaign) is hosting four National Security Townhalls this weekend. Saturday in Duluth and St Cloud, Sunday in Rochester and the Twin Cities. Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Foshay Tower opens as a W Hotel

I’m a fan of W Hotels, having stayed in all three New York locations multiple times, and I admit that I love to passive-aggressively diss the extravagance and style of the posh hotel chain. With that said, terrific news for Minneapolis this week…

Tomorrow, the historic Foshay Tower opens as a W hotel.

According to Wikipedia, the building has been credited as “the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi”…It remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until the IDS Center reached the same height during construction circa 1972. It remains one of the tallest concrete skyscrapers to this day, second only in height to the Empire State Building in New York City.

And as of Wednesday, it’s a ritzy hotel. From the W Web site:

Roaring Twenties, Meet Modern Cool

Amid a contemporary scene crafted with groundbreaking art, independent music, thriving theater, fashionable shopping and acclaimed dining, the historical W Minneapolis – The Foshay inspires innovative style in a soaring icon of art deco splendor.

High Expectations
Within our historic skyscraper, indulge in world-class dining at Manny’s and Key’s Café, sip freely in the sky high Prohibition bar, cozy up in the Living Room or SWEAT® it out. Want more? Our Whatever/Whenever® service takes care of everything else.

History Reinvents Itself
Stay on top of the surging urban scene in 229 rooms with spectacular views of the skyline and lush landscapes, also featuring the signature W bed, fully wired technology, delightful Munchie Box, Bliss® Spa sinkside six and fabulous entertainment.

You’ll probably hear about the architecture, childhood memories of the Foshay tower as a defining cityscape focal point and perhaps even the the special John Phillips Sousa march commissioned for the opening of the building.

What you probably won’t hear about is that a year after the opening Sousa banned the march from being played for lack of payment, the building was sold to creditors and Foshay was in jail.

No word if the new W has a special “Foshay Jail Cell Suite.” If so, you can bet I’ll be the first to book a reservation. And yes, I’ll steal the soap.

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