King Field is named after Colonel William S. King, ex-congressman and a prominent figure in national affairs who lived in Minneapolis in the 19th century and was active in the anti-slavery struggle. The neighborhood is located in Minneapolis’ Southwest community between Interstate 35W on the east and Lyndale Avenue on the west. The northern extent is 36th Street, and 46th Street is the southern boundary. The King Field neighborhood became part of Minneapolis in 1887 when the southern border of Minneapolis was extended from 38th Street to 54th Street. King Field is mainly a residential area with three-fourths of its single-family houses built before 1920. The King Field neighborhood has a number of amenities including churches, schools, a park named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and three- to four-dozen small businesses.
Source: Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile
Two people, independent of each other, offered to give me a tour of Kingfield neighborhood. I suggested that we take the tour together so that two neighbors could meet. We chose opening day of the Kingfield Farmers Market for our tour.
Andy Gifford found out about Minneapolis 81 from Twitter. He has lived in Kingfield (on & off) since 1983 and has also lived in the Stevens Square and Windom neighborhoods. Because Andy is currently unemployed, he spends a lot of time at home and walking around the neighborhood (when it's nice out). Andy maintains a Tumblr site dedicated (mostly) to Minneapolis history, Thomas Lowry's Ghost.
Ed Vogel first learned about Minneapolis 81 when I presented on the project at Give & Take in April 2011. Ed has lived in the Kingfield neighborhood since 2006. When asked what he does for pay and play, Ed says he strives for play but in lieu of full-time play, he strives for 50-50 and currently temps at a local medical company. He is also working on Twin Cities Piano Lab.
The Tour Route
We focused on the businesses and park along Nicollet Avenue. A thunderstorm prevented us from going into the residential area as well as going to the other business districts. Are you a Kingfield resident or business owner who would like to help me learn about the rest of the neighborhood? Fill out this tour guide form!