Dinkytown provides an off-campus education

by Nathan Halverson

Dinkytown is where the then-fledgling academic community purchased coal and lumber in the late 19th century. It is where post-World War II students went for malts. And it is where Bob Dylan strummed some of his most famous songs for the first time.

But Dinkytown – which borders the northeast edge of the University’s East Bank campus and runs along University Avenue – is not just a historical reference point; it is still one of the most prolific cultural centers around the University.

Home to religious organizations, book stores, nightclubs and stages that host hip-hop one night and bluegrass the next, Dinkytown is where some students go to get their off-campus education.

“Dinkytown is part of the college experience,” said Eric Dyer, Minnesota Student Association president-elect. “It’s the happening spot.”

Interfraternity Council president John Kokkinen said Dinkytown and the surrounding neighborhoods are where many students take their first step into independent living after leaving the dorms.

“What goes on in Dinkytown becomes the epicenter that helps build campus community,” he said. “The historic nature of the area – the nostalgia – is unique and helps create that community.”

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