Elliot Park, just south of downtown Minneapolis, is bounded on the north by Fifth Avenue South and Fifth Street South, on the east by Highway 55, on the south by 18th Street East and on the west by Fourth Avenue South. The area was first surveyed in the 19th century, just four years after the founding of Minneapolis. The park that’s the neighborhood’s namesake was created on land donated by Dr. Joseph Elliot, a physician who owned a farm there. Many mansions were built in the neighborhood in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Those large homes were eventually converted into apartments to accommodate economic changes and a large influx of new residents. The neighborhood is home to two prominent institutions: Hennepin County Medical Center and North Central University.
Source: City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile
Angharad Guy responded to my request for neighborhood tour guides via Twitter. I was excited she signed up because she is the author of a food blog I enjoy, Eating for England, in which she posts recipes inspired by growing up in England and her adopted home of Minneapolis. Warning: her photos will make your tummy growl with hunger! Angharad also works for a non-profit arts organization. Since September 2009, Angharad has lived in Elliot Park with her husband Dan and their two cats, Juan and Jamal.
The Tour Route
You may remember this decorated Scamp camping trailer from the Seward Neighborhood Tour blog post. At the time of writing the post, I didn't know anything about this mobile piece of art. Thanks to the powers of the internet, I have more information to share! Allen Christian, 25 year resident of Seward, left a comment on the post:
I'm the owner of the "Loaf of Wonder Why". After going to the arts event called Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert seven times since 2001, my partner and I tired of sleeping in the back of my art truck and found a Scamp for sale last year. Before BM [Burning Man], we decorated it like a loaf of Wonder Bread, but delete the bread portion when describing it. It also has two five foot crusts of bread that attach to the top, turning it into a toaster. (see below for photos with the bread)
Allen Christian is also the sculptor that runs the studio/gallery called the House of Balls in the downtown warehouse district at 212 3rd Avenue North. This will hopefully be a stop on my North Loop tour with Jan Elftmann, Director of Art Cars of Minnesota. Note that the Art Car + Art Bike Parade is on July 23 at 6:00 PM around Lake Harriet.
Seward, a neighborhood on the western bank of the Mississippi River, is bound on the north by Interstate 94, on the east by the Mississippi River, on the south by 27th Street East and on the west by Hiawatha Avenue. The neighborhood is named for William Seward, secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln. Of the neighborhood’s 390 acres, 54 percent are residential and almost 20 percent are industrial. The industrial uses are located along Minnehaha and Snelling avenues and 27th Street East in the southwestern portion of the neighborhood. Parks line the river and Seabury Avenue. A group of rail workers’ houses on Milwaukee Avenue built at the end of the 19th century and restored in the late 1970s has National Historic Preservation status and gives character to this neighborhood. Seward is connected to downtown, the airport and the Mall of America through the newly opened light-rail line.
Source: Minneapolis Neighborhood Profiles
Adam has lived in Seward since 2009 and is currently on the Board of Directors for Seward Neighborhood Group. He currently works as an Associate Project Manager at Capella University. Before living in Seward, Adam lived in the Loring Park, Central, Whittier, and Bancroft neighborhoods of Minneapolis.
The Tour Route
Adam and I work for the same employer in downtown Minneapolis so we started our tour with a taste of a typical after work commute on the Light Rail. We boarded at the Government Station and got off three stops later at the Franklin Avenue Station. We walked on the commuter path and exited onto 24th Street East.