Seward, a neighborhood on the western bank of the Mississippi River, is bound on the north by Interstate 94, on the east by the Mississippi River, on the south by 27th Street East and on the west by Hiawatha Avenue. The neighborhood is named for William Seward, secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln. Of the neighborhood’s 390 acres, 54 percent are residential and almost 20 percent are industrial. The industrial uses are located along Minnehaha and Snelling avenues and 27th Street East in the southwestern portion of the neighborhood. Parks line the river and Seabury Avenue. A group of rail workers’ houses on Milwaukee Avenue built at the end of the 19th century and restored in the late 1970s has National Historic Preservation status and gives character to this neighborhood. Seward is connected to downtown, the airport and the Mall of America through the newly opened light-rail line.
Source: Minneapolis Neighborhood Profiles
Adam has lived in Seward since 2009 and is currently on the Board of Directors for Seward Neighborhood Group. He currently works as an Associate Project Manager at Capella University. Before living in Seward, Adam lived in the Loring Park, Central, Whittier, and Bancroft neighborhoods of Minneapolis.
The Tour Route
Adam and I work for the same employer in downtown Minneapolis so we started our tour with a taste of a typical after work commute on the Light Rail. We boarded at the Government Station and got off three stops later at the Franklin Avenue Station. We walked on the commuter path and exited onto 24th Street East.