Northrop is located in the southern part of the city and is bound from east to west by Cedar Avenue and Chicago Avenue and from north to south by 42nd Street and Minnehaha Parkway. As are many neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Northrop is named for its elementary school. Northrop Elementary takes its name from Cyrus Northrop, second president of the University of Minnesota. The neighborhood consists mainly of two-bedroom, pre-1940s stucco, brick and stone houses. It shares with Field, the neighborhood located to the west of Northrop, an active business hub at Chicago Avenue and 48th Street. Restaurants, banks, a theater and other services are located around this busy intersection.
Source: City of Minneapolis neighborhood profile
Jen Williams is my co-worker and friend so I was thrilled that she and her daughter Brynn agreed to show me around Northrop. For pay, Jen is a career counselor and when she's not having a blast with me at work, she can be found "running, biking, hiking, camping, reading, home decorating, photography, and spending time with all the cool people I'm lucky to have in my life". Brynn attends Windom Dual Immersion Elementary School, likes to run and climb (here's evidence) and recently learned to paddle a kayak all by herself! Currently, she is very into playing school and doing lightbox tracing/drawing.
Note: My favorite part of the evening was when I first saw Brynn covered in temporary tattoos from head to toe. The best one was a gas gauge on her belly.
You can follow our footsteps by accessing the Northrop Walk on MapMyWalk.com. Jen and I agreed it would be best to keep our tour focused on a few main highlights so our route covered a small footprint of Northrop. I look forward to returning to learn more.