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.