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 Most of the original cottages have been replaced by large bungalows and Tudors.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.