The Powderhorn Park neighborhood, on Minneapolis' south side, takes its name from Powderhorn Park lake, a small lake shaped like a powder horn. People gather for cultural activities and large community events in the park. The neighborhood is bound on the north by Lake Street, on the east by Cedar Avenue South, on the south by 38th Street East, and on the west by Chicago Avenue. Powderhorn Park is mainly a residential neighborhood, where single-family houses and narrow residential lots are prevalent. The neighborhood was annexed by the City in 1887 and most of the housing was built by 1920. In 1986 its southern boundary was moved from 36th Street to 38th Street.
Source: City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile
Emily Lloyd (@elloyd74) moved to Powderhorn Park from the Washington, DC area in the summer of 2006. She lives with her partner, Teresa, the programming director of the nearby Urban Arts Academy; and their two teenage daughters, Olivia and Isabel. Emily works as a librarian at the public library in Eden Prairie, and writes, teaches and creates art for play.
When asked to describe the culture of Powderhorn Park, Emily said: Powderhorn feels more like home to me than any other place I have lived. It's colorful (lots of murals, and the beautiful bright buildings on Lake Street) and has a laid-back, come-as-you-are vibe. My impression is that residents here really have a strong sense of living in a neighborhood--a community--not just "in South Minneapolis." We might have a higher incidence of Tibetan prayer flags and signs about workers' rights or peace than most Minneapolis neighborhoods.
6 Words Minneapolis
Emily is currently working on 6 Words Minneapolis, a public art project and collection of 6-word memoirs from as many Minneapolis residents as she can reach via foot, poster, or internet. Share your 6 Word Story by filling out this form and spread the word by sending it to your friends and neighbors.
The 6 Words Minneapolis posters invite citizens to share their six word story in private places like coffee shop restrooms. As you can see from the above example, people share a range of emotions in six words. One of the many reasons I love Emily's project.
The Minneapolis 81 tour is a snapshot of Powderhorn Park on one day, with one person as tour guide. Another way to experience Powderhorn Park without physically being there (clearly the best way), is through their ongoing photo project, Powderhorn 365.
Started in 2009, the first two years have been created into books one can purchase. The creators of Powderhorn 365 have shared its success with other neighborhoods spurring additional 365 blogs:
You can follow our footsteps by accessing the Powderhorn Park walk on MapMyWalk.com.
Note that I'm covering the boundaries as defined by the City of Minneapolis so landmarks on the northside of Lake Street are in the Midtown Phillips or East Phillips neighborhoods. That said, places like Midtown Global Market and In The Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, just to name two, are popular attractions for Powderhorn Park citizens.