Loring Park neighborhood is located in the southwest portion of downtown Minneapolis. The neighborhood is bound on the west by West Lyndale North, Lyndale South and Hennepin avenues; on the south by Interstate 94 and on the east by Highway 65. Interstate 394 and 12th Street North and South form the northern and northeastern borders. The neighborhood is named for its park, Loring Park, which was known as Central Park until its name was changed in honor of Charles Loring, the first superintendent of the Minneapolis park system. Turn-of-the-century brick walk-up apartments and a row of businesses surround the park. The neighborhood is home to important institutions and buildings such as the Basilica of Saint Mary, the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church and the Woman's Club. The Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater nearby and many restaurants and cafés ensure an active social and cultural life.
Source: City of Minneapolis Profile Page
I had the pleasure of going on two separate tours of the Loring Park neighborhood. Both of my guides take lots of fantastic photos of their neighborhood, please take a look:
Julie moved to Minneapolis after she graduated from Michigan State and lived in Loring Park from 1993 until 1994. She left Minneapolis for career opportunities in Chicago and New York City but when Minneapolis lured her back in 2009, choosing Loring Park as her home, to her, was a no-brainer. In fact, she lives across the street from her first apartment. In addition to working as a Creative Recruiter, hiring people to work in marketing, advertising and design, Julie volunteers to do art therapy once week with Free Arts Minnesota. She enjoys talking about “the arts” as being more than just a visual form. Julie is a natural at reviewing restaurants and other venues because she is a regular contributor to Yelp. While living in Chicago, Julie started a brunch club and continued the group here in Minneapolis.
Ren Rhodman first fell in love with Minneapolis in 2006 as an out-of-state visitor. She fell in love with Loring Park and moved here in 2008. Ren is a telecommuting database administrator and is back to school part-time studying software development. For fun, Ren enjoys photography, knitting and crocheting, and is an amateur naturalist. Her dog, Riker enjoys many walks around Loring Park. You can learn more about Ren’s interests and hobbies on wr3n, now and zen and on Flickr.
Both Julie and Ren focused their tours around the perimeter and within the neighborhood's namesake Park. As I look back at the Loring Park map, I realize there is still much to see! If you want to show me around the eastern sections of the neighborhood, fill out a tour guide form!