Note: This focuses on parts of a historic architectural tour organized by Preserve Minneapolis with the help of people who have lived in this part of Minneapolis for decades. While it gives you a feel for a wonderful community within Minneapolis, it does not represent the entire Near North neighborhood. My tour guide, Anne, knows a great deal about greater Near North and gave me an excellent overview by car due to time constraints. I will return for a walking tour to capture and experience the vibrant businesses, organizations, parks and citizens. If you know someone who can speak to the rich culture of this neighborhood and would be willing to be featured on this blog, please encourage them to fill out the tour guide form!
A section of the Near North neighborhood, Old Highland encompasses over 30 square blocks. The outer limits are defined by Plymouth Avenue, West Broadway, Aldrich avenue and Girard Avenue. The Old Highland Neighborhood Association was founded in 1974 and focuses on historic preservation of homes and buildings, commercial revitalization, neighborhood beautification, community building, and crime reduction.
Sources: Old Highland Neighborhood Association website and Facebook page.
Anne and her husband, Jeremy, have lived in their Old Highland home since August 2005. They welcomed their son, Lucien, in April 2010, and are expecting their second child in January 2012. Anne works with GIS (geographic information system) at Historical Information Gatherers, Inc. and Jeremy recently started a personal training business, Range of Motion Wellness.
Committed residents, otherwise known as Old Highlanders, gathered to practice for the Historic Old Highland Walking Tour on Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 AM. For more information and to register, visit the Preserve Minneapolis website. Angie Nelson's late husband, Charlie, founded the Old Highland Neighborhood Association to preserve the many large, historic homes of the area. Tammy Lindberg is an honorary Old Highlander as she was an intern in 2010 helping the neighborhood with research and documentation for Placeography and is currently an employee of Preserve Minneapolis. Brian Bushay is a long-time resident and carpenter who has had a hand in restoring many of the neighborhood's homes.
The Tour Route