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.