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.