Willard Hay is located in the northwest part of the city. The neighborhood is south of West Broadway Avenue and stretches from Penn Avenue to Xerxes Avenue. It gets its name from two elementary schools within its borders: Francis Willard and John Hay. The former was named after an American educator, author and reformer born in 1859, and the latter was named after an American diplomat and author born in 1839. A mainly residential area, the neighborhood includes Willard-Homewood, one of the city's first planned developments, built during the first quarter of the 20th century and located south of Plymouth Avenue.
Source: City of Minneapolis profile of Willard Hay neighborhood
Bill Cottman has lived in the Homewood section of Willard-Hays neighborhood since News Years Day of 1999. Now retired, Bill is an artist focusing on photography, writing, jazz music and programming. He also spends a lot of time grandparenting and lives a block away from his daughter, Kenna and her children, Yonci and Ebrima. Learn more about the talented Cottman family by visiting Salon 1016.
I consider this tour of WIllard Hay as the first of many visits. I hope that you will consider showing me the parts of the neighborhood not covered in this first tour which focused on the Homewood section of the larger neighborhood. Sign up to be a tour guide or nominate a neighborhood gem to be covered anytime!
Willard Hay is a large neighborhood and within its bounds, the Homewood neighborhood is highlighted using red shading. Bill decided to focus our walk within the Homewood boundaries. As stated in the neighborhood profile, Homewood was one of the city's first planned communities. It was an early version of a gated community. Unfortunately, like much of the country, the development was a means of discrimination against Jewish and African American citizens. Homewood Studios has chronicled this neighborhood's history.