Longfellow Life is an independent blog and directory for the greater Longfellow Community, stretching from East Lake Street to the Mississippi RIver to Minnehaha Parkway to Hiawatha Avenue. The greater Longfellow Neighborhood is both a family-friendly neighborhood and lively area with shops and culture from old school to new school. While the days of the Lake Street Garage restaurant, the hole-in-the-wall Town Talk Diner, and Embers are long gone, new food options have opened up from the innovative Mexican offerings of Sonora Grill to the old-time standards at the Hi-Lo Diner.

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David Skarjune at Longfellow Villa

David Skarjune is the resident blogger and directory editor for Longfellow Life. He’s a longtime Minneapolis resident who moved from neighboring Seward to Longfellow a few years ago. He’s a small business operator with Longfellow Villa, a homey executive apartment offering a fully furnished and stocked one-bedroom apartment with housekeeping amenities catering to professionals transitioning to Minneapolis. Skarjune is a board member of the Longfellow Community Council for the Longfellow Neighborhood working on the Community Connections committee, and he’s been a volunteer for the annual LoLa Art Crawl and the Longfellow365 daily community photography project.

Skarjune started out as a photographer and art critic at the University of Minnesota, and he’s followed his love of working with creative content as a writer, journalist, editor, designer, developer, trainer, and publisher of books and websites. He’s a contributor to the WordPress project that runs 28% of the web, on the organizing team for WordCamp Minneapolis, and he provides WordPress web, training, and support services for Word & Image.

David is a follower of the local jazz and roots music scene in the Twin Cities and a patron of local arts and crafts. Every week he’s at art openings, concerts, and all sorts of events that showcase the creative talents of Minnesotans. If you see him out and about, on foot or bike or just hanging out in Longfellow, do say Hi.