Minnehaha neighborhood is located in south Minneapolis. The neighborhood is bound on the east by Hiawatha Avenue, on the south by 54th Street East, on the west by 34th Avenue South and on the north by Minnehaha Parkway East. Minnehaha and its neighbor Hiawatha both received their names from an Ojibwe mentioned in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Song of Hiawatha. Minnehaha means “laughing waters,” [author note: this is inaccurate] as the waterfall in what is now Minnehaha Park were dubbed in Longfellow’s poem.
Source: City of Minneapolis profile of Minnehaha neighborhood
Kelly and Ian Stade have lived in their Minnehaha home since 2008. Kelly and Ian are both librarians at Hennepin County Library. Kelly manages the St. Louis Park Library and Ian works at Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library. Ian helps manage the Hennepin County Library Tumblr blog. In their free-time they read, bicycle in the neighborhood, ski and hike at Fort Snelling State Park. They spend a lot of time in their backyard with their cats under their stately Elm tree. Kelly volunteers for the Tubman Center and Ian is involved in their church, St. Joan of Arc.
The Bancroft neighborhood is located south of Powderhorn Lake, between 38th Street East to the north and 42nd Street East to the south, and between Chicago Avenue on the west and Cedar Avenue on the east. The neighborhood is named for the Bancroft elementary school, which was named for George Bancroft, an American historian born in 1800. The Bancroft neighborhood consists mostly of single-family houses built before 1940. The neighborhood also has some commercial development along Bloomington Avenue and 38th Street.
Source: City of Minneapolis Bancroft neighborhood profile
Neal Baxter moved to the Bancroft neighborhood in the fall of 2003. He works in the deli at the Lunds grocery on Lake & Hennepin and walks to and from work every day (six miles roundtrip). He volunteers on two City of Minneapolis committees and is a member of the Bancroft Neighborhood Association board. For fun, he researches local history and maintains Minnesota Election Trends, a website that archives City of Minneapolis election results and stories.
His bio as written on the Minnesota Election Trends website:
Founder and originator of this website, Neal Baxter has roots in Minnesota back to the mid-1850s. His relations first settled in Minneapolis in the 1870s. He was moved to begin collecting material on the politics of Minneapolis while researching his great-grandfather, John G. Robb, who was an alderman.
Neal began collecting information on topics that interested him soon after learning to write. A compulsive listest, he first compiled lists of animals he knew about; later Neal's imagination reached into historical time, music in a variety of styles, geography, politics and language. Poetry baffles him. Neal has a good memory for data, but none for narrative.
Neal has performed as a listest in venues around Minneapolis. He has a Luddite sensibility, and walks everywhere. You may have seen him.
Willard Hay is located in the northwest part of the city. The neighborhood is south of West Broadway Avenue and stretches from Penn Avenue to Xerxes Avenue. It gets its name from two elementary schools within its borders: Francis Willard and John Hay. The former was named after an American educator, author and reformer born in 1859, and the latter was named after an American diplomat and author born in 1839. A mainly residential area, the neighborhood includes Willard-Homewood, one of the city's first planned developments, built during the first quarter of the 20th century and located south of Plymouth Avenue.
Source: City of Minneapolis profile of Willard Hay neighborhood
Bill Cottman has lived in the Homewood section of Willard-Hays neighborhood since News Years Day of 1999. Now retired, Bill is an artist focusing on photography, writing, jazz music and programming. He also spends a lot of time grandparenting and lives a block away from his daughter, Kenna and her children, Yonci and Ebrima. Learn more about the talented Cottman family by visiting Salon 1016.
I consider this tour of WIllard Hay as the first of many visits. I hope that you will consider showing me the parts of the neighborhood not covered in this first tour which focused on the Homewood section of the larger neighborhood. Sign up to be a tour guide or nominate a neighborhood gem to be covered anytime!
Willard Hay is a large neighborhood and within its bounds, the Homewood neighborhood is highlighted using red shading. Bill decided to focus our walk within the Homewood boundaries. As stated in the neighborhood profile, Homewood was one of the city's first planned communities. It was an early version of a gated community. Unfortunately, like much of the country, the development was a means of discrimination against Jewish and African American citizens. Homewood Studios has chronicled this neighborhood's history.
Corcoran neighborhood, just east of Powderhorn Park, is between Lake Street East and 36th Street East and between Cedar Avenue South and Hiawatha Avenue. Named in honor of William Wilson Corcoran (1793-1889), who founded the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., this is a mainly residential neighborhood – more than 60 percent of the land is used for single-family residences. The light-rail stop at Lake Street gives the neighborhood an easy connection to Downtown, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. In addition, plans to develop the Lake Street corridor as a commercial thoroughfare are under way, and will have an important local impact.
Source: Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile.
Amy Arcand has been the Executive Director of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization for 9 years. She and her husband, Jim have lived in Corcoran for 8 years. They have a 3 year old daughter, Piper, so most of their free time is spent at the park, playing in the yard, coloring, painting, going for walks, swimming, playing Candy Land, or pretending they are princesses. Jim and Amy love to camp, travel, cook, and hang out with their friends and family. Jim plays golf in a league at Hiawatha Golf Course and Amy has been in a book club with friends for more than 10 years.
While on our walk I learned that Amy has a lot in common with my sister - she graduated from Humphrey with an MPA and studied in Namibia. Her African study abroad experience was through Augsburg in 1993 right after Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa.
For visitors, Amy suggests: To get here, take the [light rail] train to the Lake Street station or ride a Nice Ride bike on the Greenway, then work out at the Midtown YWCA, and finish off with a stop at the Midtown Farmers Market [May - October] for the best locally grown produce in town.
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is named after the intersection of the two main avenues of the neighborhood, Cedar and Riverside. The neighborhood is triangular-shaped with three definitive boundaries: the Mississippi River on the east side, Interstate 94 on the south side, and Interstate 35W on the west side. Cedar-Riverside‘s history is nearly as old as Minneapolis'. In the late 1890s, the neighborhood was known as "Snoose Boulevard," with a thriving community of Scandinavian immigrants, many of whom worked in the milling and lumber industries on the Mississippi River. In the 1960s and 1970s, Snoose Boulevard turned from a quaint neighborhood to a beehive of hippies, intellectuals, actors, artists and musicians. Presently, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood boasts the largest community of immigrants in the Twin Cities, continuing a long history of ethnic and cultural diversity.
Source: City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile Page
Andy Lee has lived in Cedar Riverside since Fall 2001 when he started his academic career at the University of Minnesota in a residence hall. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, he decided to continue his education and remained in the neighborhood. He is in-between his first and second years at the Humphrey School's Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program. He is currently an intern working for Metro Transit on Arterial Bus Rapid Transit, which he says is a fancy way of saying that he’s helping make the most heavily used urban bus routes faster. So, if you see someone taking photos at a bus stop, it may be Andy doing research. When Andy is not studying or working, he spends a lot of time biking or walking around exploring the city. He says that even though he’s lived in Minneapolis his entire life (grew up in Prospect Park), he still finds new things.
Caren has been a Cedar-Riverside/West Bank resident since 2007. She chose to live and work in this community because it so vibrant. Caren is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota on the West Bank. For fun, Caren bikes, takes photos and likes to explore.
It's been awhile since I've posted a neighborhood tour so I thought I better check-in with an update! While I continue to tour neighborhoods, my blog posts have slowed down due to an unusually full social calendar. The last couple of weeks I've been preparing for my husband's 40th birthday party which just happened to be the eighth annual Scottoberfest. The celebration of Scott and beer was this past weekend and there were a few neighborhood guides in attendance!
Because my hectic schedule isn't slowing down until mid-October, I have chosen to delay my next blog post about the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood until I have more time and mental energy to give it the attention it deserves. Check out the neighborhoods and progress section of this site to get an idea of what's coming up (18 published tours, 11 awaiting publication and 10 neighborhoods with a scheduled tour).
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
Behind Bars Bicycle Shop
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208 13th Ave NE # 1, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2994 (612) 436-0255Hours:Tuesday - Friday: 10am-7pm
Always Closed on Mondays.
Dogs always welcome.
Bus: 2 St NE & 13 Av NE
Sheridan resident, Angelina McDowell, nominated Behind Bars Bicycle Shop, as a neighborhood gem. Angelina is a Bachelor's in Social Work student at Augsburg College and her main mode of transportation is her bike. Here's what she has to say about Behind Bars:
I love the guys working at Behind Bars Bicycle Bike Shop. Chuck and Josh (as well as the rest of the staff) are so personable and fun to talk to. They take time to get to know each and every person coming into the shop. When ever I have time, I like to go in there and just visit. I feel like I am hanging out at a friends' house that happens to fix bikes.
When I was in a bike accident a couple years ago, my bike was out of commission for a few days, they were kind enough to loan me a bike from the shop to get around while it was getting fixed.
This place is a great neighborhood business, with a fun staff, and I hope they are around for a very long time!
Angelina and I hung out in the "living room" of Behind Bars, talking about her experience with the bike shop. Her first encounter with their exceptional customer service was when she brought in a used bike she bought at a garage sale and they tuned it up at a cost in line with her investment. A year later, she came back in and Chuck called her by name!
She was unfortunately hit by a car while on her bike and while she was OK, the bike was not. Chuck fixed it and returned it like it was new.
Angelina talked about how welcoming the shop is and that she likes to stop by and just hang out. She even knows Chuck's wife and daughter.
Chuck has made his shop his second home and even displays his collection of skulls around the shop (maybe his wife doesn't want them in their home?). He also collects belt buckles and has picked up many while thrifting as he travels.
Chuck likes biking on off road trails in the woods best but his daily commute to work takes him on the Theodore Wirth trail. When I asked him how he chose Sheridan neighborhood for his shot, she said he always knew he wanted to be in Northeast Minneapolis because of the arts, bars and neighborhood focus. For his part in contributing to the community, he sponsors school carnivals and donates to silent auctions in the north and northeast neighborhoods. Behind Bars is a partner of Full Cycle and helps sponsor Break The Cycle, a social fundraising event that benefits at-risk and homeless youth. He also helps sponsor racing teams- head sponsor for Behind Bars/Little Guy Racing and shop sponsor for Larson Cycle Racing team.
Chuck aims to have a shop where everyone who walks through the door feels comfortable. He likes that people stop in while they are waiting for a table at nearby restaurants. Every year, he has a sale during Art-A-Whirl since their is increased foot traffic in the area.
I can see why Angelina likes hanging out at Behind Bars. Chuck is extremely personable and enthusiastic about his shop, his family, his friends and customers and hobbies such BMX and skate boarding at 3rd Lair Skate Park.
Loring Park neighborhood is located in the southwest portion of downtown Minneapolis. The neighborhood is bound on the west by West Lyndale North, Lyndale South and Hennepin avenues; on the south by Interstate 94 and on the east by Highway 65. Interstate 394 and 12th Street North and South form the northern and northeastern borders. The neighborhood is named for its park, Loring Park, which was known as Central Park until its name was changed in honor of Charles Loring, the first superintendent of the Minneapolis park system. Turn-of-the-century brick walk-up apartments and a row of businesses surround the park. The neighborhood is home to important institutions and buildings such as the Basilica of Saint Mary, the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church and the Woman's Club. The Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater nearby and many restaurants and cafés ensure an active social and cultural life.
Source: City of Minneapolis Profile Page
I had the pleasure of going on two separate tours of the Loring Park neighborhood. Both of my guides take lots of fantastic photos of their neighborhood, please take a look:
Julie moved to Minneapolis after she graduated from Michigan State and lived in Loring Park from 1993 until 1994. She left Minneapolis for career opportunities in Chicago and New York City but when Minneapolis lured her back in 2009, choosing Loring Park as her home, to her, was a no-brainer. In fact, she lives across the street from her first apartment. In addition to working as a Creative Recruiter, hiring people to work in marketing, advertising and design, Julie volunteers to do art therapy once week with Free Arts Minnesota. She enjoys talking about “the arts” as being more than just a visual form. Julie is a natural at reviewing restaurants and other venues because she is a regular contributor to Yelp. While living in Chicago, Julie started a brunch club and continued the group here in Minneapolis.
Ren Rhodman first fell in love with Minneapolis in 2006 as an out-of-state visitor. She fell in love with Loring Park and moved here in 2008. Ren is a telecommuting database administrator and is back to school part-time studying software development. For fun, Ren enjoys photography, knitting and crocheting, and is an amateur naturalist. Her dog, Riker enjoys many walks around Loring Park. You can learn more about Ren’s interests and hobbies on wr3n, now and zen and on Flickr.
Both Julie and Ren focused their tours around the perimeter and within the neighborhood's namesake Park. As I look back at the Loring Park map, I realize there is still much to see! If you want to show me around the eastern sections of the neighborhood, fill out a tour guide form!
The Victory neighborhood is located in north Minneapolis west of Penn and Newton avenues, east of Xerxes Avenue, between Dowling Avenue on the south and the Humboldt Industrial Area on the north. The neighborhood was named after Victory Memorial, a memorial to World War I veterans and fallen soldiers. Victory Memorial Drive is part of the Grand Rounds parkway and bike path circuit. The neighborhood contains vintage homes from the 1920s and 1930s through the 1960s, some which are being rehabilitated today. There are many first-time homebuyers in Victory.
Source: City of Minneapolis Profile Page
Nick and Melena Gasper and their 9 month-old, Josephine along with their two Shiba Inu dogs, Pj and Kitsune. Nick purchased his home in Victory in 2004 at the age of 23. Melena joined him in the home in 2008. Melena is an artist and Nick is a system administrator for an ISP. Nick and Melena like that people in the neighborhood are invested in their community.
Alicia Adams joined us for our tour of the Victory neighborhood. Alicia was Program Outreach Coordinator for Bike Walk Twin Cities at the time of our tour. She is now working with Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee in the Harrison neighborhood.
Linden Hills is located in southwest Minneapolis. It's bound on the north by 36th Street West and Lake Calhoun, on the east by William Berry Drive and Lake Harriet, on the south by 47th Street West, and on the west by France Avenue, which is the city limit. The neighborhood, named by the developer for the linden trees and rolling terrain, was developed in the 1880s to entice homebuyers to leave downtown for cottages on Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. Most of the original cottages have been replaced by large bungalows and Tudors. The Lake Harriet-Como Streetcar ("Trolley") line runs through the neighborhood. Built at the end of the 19th century to connect downtown Minneapolis with the lakes, the historic rail line now only operates between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.
Source: City of Minneapolis Linden Hills Profile page
Elliot Altbaum is a Southwest High School grad (2010) and has just completed his first year at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is listed as “one of 40 colleges that change lives”. He is currently undecided in his major but is considering Urban Development and Social Change. For the summer, he is working at Lucia’s To Go.
You can follow our footsteps by accessing the Linden Hills walk on MapMyWalk.com. Linden Hills is a relatively big neighborhood and Elliot focused on the area in which he spends the most time. He told me there is a lot more to see, including two business districts (44th & Beard and 44th & France) Southwest High School, and historic homes. If you want to be the next tour guide for Linden Hills, fill out the tour guide form.