Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Contemporary View of Summit- University

After reading and reflecting my previous post on the history of the Summit- University neighborhood, one should have a pretty good understanding of the transformation that this community has had over the years. Clearly, residents of Summit- University have witnessed a positive growth throughout its existence. From our knowledge of history, we are able to hold a better sense of the current atmosphere of this diverse community. 

As we know from the history, there are different “areas” within the Summit- University neighborhood. The that areas  I felt were most compelling and showed the biggest and best representation are the Selby Avenue and Summit Avenue/ Ramsey Hill communities. Both of these areas have grown immensely in many ways leading them to the present day characteristics of this neighborhood. Continue on your reading adventure to paint a portrait in your mind of the contemporary context of this magnificent neighborhood. 

Selby Avenue. 

Walk down the Selby Avenue and you will see an array of sights. On one end, you will find an upscale, popular retail area containing clothing shops, gathering spots and destination dining. On the other end you will see a residential area in a more run- down, yet very optimistic and diverse part of the neighborhood. In order to tie these ends together, the neighborhood does a great amount of community involvement. For instance, there is the Summit- University Planning Council which is a council that promotes the well- being and positive incline of the community by providing community meetings to discuss issues affecting the area, sponsoring an annual National Night Out event and encouraging a cleaner community by recycling and having neighborhood clean-ups. This council also provides a common area for residents of all likes to meet and greet each other on a monthly basis. This provides residents with the opportunity to become part of a tight knit community that is glowing with pride. There is also a newsletter, called Porch Lite, that projects positive influences, new businesses, and daily events throughout the community. Though larger reports such as newspaper and television provide mixed reviews, this community does a great job at promoting the positives in order to make a change in the future. In communicating with residents of the neighborhood, they have a great relationship with the city around them. They are proud to be part of the St. Paul area and embrace its history and culture as best they can. 

Summit Avenue/ Ramsey Hill 

Because this area is host to many historical, educational and religious sights, including mansions, art institutes, law schools, beautifully large churches and government offices, it gets a fairly good reputation throughout. Just walking down the street, I felt a sense of superiority within the community. It is not an odd sight to see a man or women in a business suit or decked out in Nike running gear to head on an evening jog full of fantastic site. The pride of this community is shown in the Ramsey Hill Association newsletter. Here you will find a large display of neighborhood news, clubs to join, network building opportunities and events such as May 2012s front page introducing the beginning of a jazz and blues night club in The Commodore, “which hosts the famous Art Deco bar that was frequented in the the 1920s by literary figures F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis as well as such notorious gangsters as Fred Barker and Al Capone.” Just like Selby Avenue, this newsletter puts much emphasis on maintaining and promoting a crime-free and environmental friendly atmosphere. Again, from conversing and watching I learned that while this community is proud to be part of the larger St. Paul area, St. Paul is very proud to host it. This neighborhood is a large part of the historical culture of St. Paul and attracts a large amount of tourism into the city as a whole.

In saying this, I find it very interesting to compare the history of these communities to the contemporary contexts of the Neighborhood. Obviously, there has been great strides in creating a Neighborhood that is based around pride, history and cultural diversity. I do recommend, if you ever get the chance, to venture over the Summit-University and witness it for yourself. You will not be let down!

 

References:

http://www.livemsp.org/neighborhoods/st-paul-neighborhoods/94-summit-university-/180-summit-university-

http://www.twincities.com/opinion/ci_20754008/friday-opinuendo-dylans-shades-winning-ideas-summer-slide

http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/151972645.html

http://summit-u.com

https://ramseyhill.org/pdf/RHA%20May%202012%20NEWSLETTER.pdf

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Looking beyond the headlines

I do not think it would be out of the ordinary for a person who has never been to the West Side of St. Paul to know the stereotype associated with the neighborhood.  It’s one of those places where you don’t go at night, or at least not to the highly ethnic areas.  I did a very informal survey amongst a lot of my friends from the suburbs as well as classmates from other courses, and the generalization was all the same.  The West Side is not safe.

This type of thinking is perpetuated by the media or even the by something as simple as Google.  I initially just searched “West Side of St. Paul news” hoping to stumble upon the community newspaper.  This map was the top result:

(Spot Crime)

This map looks scary.  The symbols of fists and intimidating men in black suits would be enough to shoo away anybody interested in the area that is not currently residing there.  The symbols on the map represent vandalism, burglary, assault, and theft.  While the nature of the crimes is not described, many of these may or may not be violent crimes in nature.  Typically, acts of vandalism do not inflict bodily harm.  However, the map would be enough to shoo away and scare anybody away from the area if they’re already feeling uncomfortable.

Other articles that are easily accessible in a simple search included one about gang warfare.   As I have expanded upon earlier in my history of the area (Trying to find the whole history), the West Side is a notorious settlement area for immigrant communities.   I think that headlines entitled “Police counter gang attacks on St. Paul’s West Side” may do nothing but reinforce many stereotypes about the area and about immigrants on the whole that they are more violent than other groups. The article states that “problems climaxed about 6 weeks ago when an 82-year old woman, a pillar of the community, was attacked, kicked, and robbed by several young men as she walked to visit her husband in a nursing home.” (Startribune)  This again is sending non-community members another message.  If the residents aren’t even safe, much less a “pillar of the community”, then nobody is safe.

Other articles continue on this track with headlines.  “In St. Paul, West Side fight, shooting results in six arrests”, a woman’s story regarding an event she witnessed was told as such: “It took 10 minutes to go from fists to shots, and it was happening in her St. Paul neighborhood: 15 to 20 people in the street, two of them fist fighting Wednesday night.”  (Pioneer Press)

Both of these headlines come from major Twin Cities’ publications (The Startribune and Pioneer Press, from Minneapolis and St. Paul respectively, but again, the same story is being painted for all the readers about the West Side and the people who live there.

This is the type of information I had going into the neighborhood visits too.  I actually lived in West Saint Paul for a year, and even I was guilty about making generalizations about the neighborhood down the hill from Robert Street.  I was not innately scared, but I had been criticized before for even living that close to what people I knew pejoratively nicknamed the “Mexican Ghetto.”

I believe a part of why the neighborhood has been so stigmatized is because the good information is only there if you search for it.  I hadn’t heard anything positive about the area until our visit to the Wellstone Center which currently houses the longtime-running Neighborhood House.  The Center is full of employees, services, and a history that tells a different story.

Arguably, the Neighborhood House is one of the defining characters of St. Paul’s West Side.   It declares this in the section regarding their history:

“Over 110 years later, Neighborhood House is a vibrant, thriving organization serving immigrants, refugees and low-income populations in need of a helping hand. Multi-lingual and multi-cultural, the organization serves people from around the world who relocate to Minnesota seeking a better life for themselves and their families.” (Neighborhood House)

While the Neighborhood House is not the only representation of positivity in the community, it is one of the strongest presences available.  I will shamefully admit that I made the overgeneralization while speaking to a front desk employee about the area being a highly concentrated Chicano population, and he shot me a little smirk.  This smirk instantly told me that I was off on my assessment and was spreading the stereotype of the area because the area has evolved a lot in the last few decades.  He corrected me and let me know that only about 30% or so of the area was actually of Mexican descent which was much lower than I had previously thought.

While even I was guilty of thrusting certain image on the neighborhood, the area does it’s best to combat this type of thinking.   La Voz Latina, printed in Spanish, displays what types of issues are central to the neighborhood from their perspective.  Headlines like, “Educacion: la puerta al futuro” (Education: the door/gateway to the future) It showcases the values of the community, and the importance of obtaining an education in the West Side of St. Paul.

(La Voz Latina)

West Side Community Health Services is another very present organization that provides for the community.  Their vision includes, “We envision a community in which all people have access to exceptional, comprehensive health care and are living healthy lives.” (West Side Community Health Services)

What many would take as a given in some neighborhoods are the central focus here.  The West Side strives towards creating a healthy and educated population.  There is no mention of crime from any of the articles that I could see were written by community members.  All of those stereotypes and generalizations about the area seem to be rooting from the outside.  There is some crime inside the neighborhood, as with most urban neighborhoods, but that should not be the focal point.

“In St. Paul, West Side fight, shooting results in six arrests” Pioneer Press. Web. May 31 2012. www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20027082

“La Voz Latina” St. Paul Publishing Company. Web. May 31 2012. www.stpaulpublishing.com/lavozlatina.html

“Neighborhood House” Neighborhood House. Web. May 31 2012. www.neighb.org/aboutus.aspx

“Police counter gang attacks on St. Paul’s West Side” Startribune. Web. May 31 2012. www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/130395548.html

“West Side Community Health Services” West Side Community Health Services. Web. May 31 2012. www.westsidehs.org/about.php

“West Side, St. Paul, MN Neighborhood Crime Map” Spotcrime.  Web. May 31 2012.       www.spotcrime.com/mn/st.+paul/west+side

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Current issue in Phillips

            Based on the research I did, Phillips is a community with lots of social problem, included political issue. Even though the neighborhood has a long, splendid history, also keeps making progress, it has great space to improve. Hot issues such as poverty, crime, education, and political ignorance are mainly problems need to be paid more attention to Phillips.

             I’d like to talk about Poverty issue existing in Phillips first, the organization like Phillips Partnership aims to funding affordable housing and occupational training for residents living in Phillips. Poverty can be an extremely big issue because it associates with unemployment issue in short term, and education in long run, even crime is totally a different issue, and it can be caused by poverty. According to the data from Minneapolis official city network, only about 24% residents are whites in Phillips, African American and Latinos are mainly ethnicity here, even diverse racial group promotes the cultural development in Phillips, also a more vibrant community, and poverty problem is serious. The poverty rate in Phillips is much higher than the average rate in Minneapolis, according to the Phillips Story, from 1989 to 2008, the percentage of total population in Minneapolis, which are under the poverty line is around 20%, doesn’t change a lot. However, people who are in poverty state in Phillips is much more than this, in 1989, nearly half of the residents are considered as poor people, situation keeps developing to better direction, in 1999, 15% percent people get rid of poverty in Phillips, but from 1999 to 2008, poverty rate stays at 35%, still much high than 20%, the average rate in Minneapolis.

              The other problem relates to poverty such as unemployment, and education. The rates of labor participation rose from 66% to 72% in Phillips, situation still unsatisfactory compare to the situation in Minneapolis, in 2000, there are still 13% unemployment rate in Phillips, declines 1.8% compare to 1990, currently, only 5.8% Phillips residents work in the Phillips area, 38.5% people work in other district in Minneapolis. Unemployment problem can bring many other problems, like crime rate, the safety issue I will talk about later.  To solve job problem, Corporations like Abbot Northwestern, Allina Health System, Wells Fargo, Children’s Health Hospital and Clinic making great deal of job opportunities for people in Phillips. There is not doubt that government cares about employment in every community, from the local newspaper “Phillips West News”, lots of job information are highlighted, especially for neighborhood like Phillips, composed of minorities, with high crime rate.

               “Crime Curbs Development, Development Curbs Crime.”

                                                                 —–MPD Chief Dolan & CPED Mike Christenson

             Nowadays, Safety problem already being the most serious problem in Phillips instead of Poverty. According to the Crime Map published by Minneapolis Police Station, Phillips is one the most dangerous area that suffers high crime rate in Minneapolis, from the “Midtown News”, tag “Police” is the second most information only less than “events” information, safety warning keeps updating by police department. The community makes great deal of efforts to building a healthier environment for residents, Midtown Safety Center is the central place, which focuses on deterring, discussing safety issue with residents in neighborhood and police, other projects like Safety Zone, Midtown Safety Collaborative all aim to solve criminal issue in Phillips from 2005 to present. Here are two typical people’s safety impression about Phillips from the online forum.

               “Personally would never live there, as there are far too many drugs, gangs, wannabes, what have you, that cause enough trouble that I wouldn’t subject my family to if I had better choices, but I’m also not you. I don’t know your situation, I don’t know what you are accustomed to, and I don’t know what your expectations or even perceptions are (what may be “lots of drugs and violence” to me may be a laughing joke to you.”

             

          “ All I know is that a teenage kid got shot there by someone who wanted his bike. I’d say the odds you are safe is pretty good, but still, if you check MPD crime maps, there are incidents going on week in and week out. Look at the crime map I’m linking to. 6 armed robberies and 5 aggravated assaults in one week. To me, that’s pretty bad   http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/gro…s1p-089513.pdf

           

           Obviously people don’t satisfy with the safety condition in Phillips.

             Other issue includes transportation, low political participation, local media is super important for the healthy development of a community, various newspaper mentioned make great contribution to the democracy in Phillips.

 

 

 Work Cited

“Income.” Minneapolis City of Lakes. N.p., 27 09 2011. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://www.minneapolismn.gov/neighborhoods/phillips/neighborhoods_phillips_income&gt;.

 

“The Phillips History.” . Department of Community Planning & Economic Development – CPE, 04 2010. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://www.phillipspartnership.org/documents/PhillipsPublicPrivatePartnership_April2010-2-mr.pdf&gt;.

 

“How Bad is the Phillips Neighborhood?.” 01 2010. N.p., Online Posting to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Twin cities. Web. 31 May. 2012. <http://www.city-data.com/forum/minneapolis-st-paul/1534332-how-bad-phillips-neighborhood.html&gt;.

 

 

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Marcy Holmes Now

How is Marcy Holmes perceived now? It is generally seen as a growing neighborhood in Minnesota, highly active community, and has remained a somewhat suburb of the University of Minnesota. To some in this neighborhood, the university is its own city, and in reality it is.

Jim Butcha, a writer for the Star Tribune, said, “Renters, who make up nearly 90 percent of its residents, include primarily students, faculty members and others attracted to the location, near the University of Minnesota, and the area’s charm and diversity.” So in a sense, the Marcy Holmes neighborhood, at least in some parts, is a weigh station for people associated with the University of Minnesota. This has posed both a positive and negative attribute to the neighborhood.

Since the area is primarily students, the area does have parties going on during the weekends or holidays which can cause crime to increase while school is in session. During these times, Marcy Holmes has approximately half of all calls made to the police reporting loud parties (Star Tribune). Also, students occasionally become victims of robbery in this area because it has become a prime target for stealing electronic devices like computers and televisions.

However, the neighborhood community is trying to set up a student involvement committee in which students would be engaged in volunteerism (Minnesota Daily). Except, “It’s always difficult to get students involved because there are so many time pressures,” said Justin Eibenholzl, SECIA’s environmental coordinator (Minnesota Daily). I would say the neighborhood, with all its students, is a neighborhood devoted to promoting a green atmosphere.

Many students still volunteer their time and recently participated alongside non-student/faculty residents in the Earth Day River Clean Up (GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD). But, besides having an active community, it is a growing scene for up and coming artists. A writer for the Star Tribune, Aimee Blanchette wrote,

            “Marcy-Holmes also has a flourishing arts community that includes Dinkytown Mural Project, an effort last summer to beautify the area with six new murals aimed at helping to prevent graffiti. There’s also an open-air pedestrian gallery along 6th Avenue SE. that’s lined with 23 miniature bronze sculptures of neighborhood landmarks. And the neighborhood is home to the Soap Factory, which provides 40,000 square feet of gallery space for emerging artists in reclaimed warehouse space along the Mississippi River.”

The last item of concern to some of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood is the addition of condos. In the coming years, there will be an addition of approximately 1200 condominiums (Home in the Sky). This does not even include the renovation project of the Pillsbury A Mill, which is geared to produce living space for artists.

 The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood is highly active in the community, whether it be students, artists, or just residents, and growing into a more living space than its once commercial based infrastructure.

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A Real Look Into Seward Through a Real Resident

On May 26, 2012, during our visit to the Seward neighborhood, we walked the streets that were occupied with both neighborhood residences and locals. At this time, we had the honor and opportunity to speak with some of these people.

The following interview was conducted with a 27 year old white woman named Sarah, who lives in the neighborhood. These are the questions that were asked, but the answers may be summed up as we were not able to write everything down.

After we introduced ourselves and explained that we are students studying the Seward neighborhood, we began asking our prepared questions.

 

Q: Do you live in the Seward neighborhood?

A: Yeah I do

Q: How long have you lived here?

A: Oh gosh, well my family moved here from Missouri when I was in the 2nd grade…my aunt, uncle and cousins lived here and my mom wanted to be closer.

Q: What kind of living situation are you currently in?

A: I’m still living with my parents…can’t beat free rent, right? I graduated from college and haven’t found a real good job yet so this is good for now.

Q: If you don’t mind me asking, how would you describe your home?

A: It’s not bad, kind of an older house.

Q: So, you stayed in Seward, you must like it?

A: I love it, it’s so close to the night life but not too close you know? Sometimes it gets a little old knowing so many people that live in the area too but I guess that is nice at the same time.

Q: If you had to describe the neighborhood to someone who has never been there or heard of it, what would you say to them?

A: I would say that it is neighborhood in the cities that is kind of small but nice. Has a lot of shops and restaurants and everyone is nice. Kind of old, lots of different people. It takes some getting used to.

After her confusion on my questions, “What would you say Seward has to offer for its residence or visitors,” I then clarified my question.

Q: What is there to do here?

A: There is a lot of art stuff, some good restaurants. I don’t know, the normal stuff I guess. It’s nice!

Q: Do you think you would stay here and raise a family?

A: Yeah, maybe. I really like it here but I think you either are set on staying or want to try something different. We’ll see.

Q: I see that there is a lot of diversity here, would you say that that changes the dynamic of the community?

A: Totally, it’s everywhere. My neighbors actually moved here from Laos, I think. They are Hmong. It isn’t just a bunch of the same people, makes it really different.

Q: If you do not mind me asking, do you often interact with different races here?

A: Kind of, like I talk to them when I am out, but I’m not friends with a lot of them. They are really nice though, they don’t cause any problems.

 

At this time, Sarah told us that she needed to get going, so we ended our interview. Although we wished to have spoken to her longer, I think that she gave an interesting perspective of someone who actually lives and is familiar with the neighborhood.

She seemed to live up to the information we have learned about Seward, although I did notice she wasn’t extremely “proud” like I have previously learned.

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The Phillips Community

The Phillips community is a culturally rich community. The culture diversity makes the community attractive. It is amazing to see so many different cultures in a small area. But the culture diversity also brings some problems, such as crime. However, the Phillips community is a good place to visit.

What are the major issues or concerns that people in this neighborhood care about? I did a survey in the community. There are three choices in the survey: safety, living condition, traffic and jobs. Besides that, I provided a blank to write what they concerned most if it was not listed. 8 people did the survey, 3 of them are male and 5 are female. The result is as below: 6 people selected safety; 1 people selected traffic; 1 people selected living condition; no one selected jobs. This result is unexpected for me. I thought jobs will be an important factor but in fact no one cares about it. I think there may be some misunderstanding. In China, traffic jam is very common all day long. People don’t want to go too far for work, so the income level is a big factor to consider when choose place of residence. But in the U.S, traffic condition is much better than China. That’s why people don’t care about jobs. They can go other place to find jobs. Safety is a big problem in Phillips Community, since it is a high crime rate area. (I found information about crime from Dangerous Areas of Minneapolis):

 The Phillips neighborhood also suffers from high crime rates. The Phillips neighborhood is immediately south of downtown Minneapolis and bordered by Hiawatha Avenue to the east, Lake Street to the south and I-35W to the west. Areas where crime is higher extend outside Phillips, several blocks south of Lake Street, and around a mile west of I-35W.

In the city’s media, the Phillips neighborhood is of cultural diversity and “economy diversity”. I found an article, Spotlight on Phillips neighborhood, introduces this feature:

The Phillips neighborhood always has been a complex neighborhood of stark contrasts, particularly among its buildings and its residents.

The cornerstone of Phillips today is diversity – economic and cultural. Not only is it the largest neighborhood in Minneapolis by population (larger than 35 of the state’s 87 counties), it also is the most racially diverse community in the Twin Cities area.

But a problem is, the Phillips community is poor. “It’s one of the poorest neighborhoods in the metropolitan area, with a high concentration of social service agencies.” Stated by Jim Buchta, author of Spotlight on Phillips neighborhood. I found some data from Official Website of the City of Minneapolis: about 34% of residents are below poverty level. The poverty causes many problems, for example, crime. 6.01% of the residents are affected by property crime. This is a really a large number, much higher than the average level of Minnesota, which is 3.08%. Although accepting plenty of assistance, the community doesn’t seem to get better.

Despite of the poverty problem, most articles about the Phillips Community focus on its cultural diversity. Black is the main part of the community. White and Hispanic are of about the same number. American Indian and Asian population are smaller. The article Study says racial bias affects rentals in Phillips neighborhood gives out some information:

Members of minorities who want to rent housing in the Phillips neighborhood are likely to face significant discrimination…Between January 1989 and June 1990, more than 35 percent of housing complaints received by the Civil Rights Department came from the Phillips neighborhood.

Rent in the Phillips Community is very low, this appeals many people. But in another hand, this causes more problems.

“We are always disappointed when discrimination is found, but we are not surprised,” said Emma Hixson, director of the Civil Rights Department. “We have had a fairly high volume of complaints from Phillips.”

It seems like the city’s media don’t like the Phillips Community very much.

The community has its own media, Minneapolis Television Network. Although it is located in the Phillips Community, it doesn’t focus on the Phillips Community only. It seems to be more like a city-class media.

I asked some people what they think about the relationship between the Phillips Community and Minneapolis. I might not express clearly, most of the interviewees just answer something like “the community is part of city”. To be honest, I don’t completely understand this question either.

An old lady told me that she doesn’t care what the media says about the Phillips community. She has been lived in that community for about two decades. She felt the community is much better than the first time she came here. She said, “At least I’m happy to live here. I feel the development, and I love it.” The Phillips Community is on its way to be better, that’s a good sign.

Reference:

Buchta, J., & Writer, S. (1998, Jan 10). Spotlight on phillips neighborhood // stark contrasts exist among the buildings and residents of one of poorest sections in metropolitan area. Star Tribune, pp. 04.H-04H.  http://login.ezproxy.lib.umn.edu/?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/426934737?accountid=14586

Kelly, S. P., & Writer, S. (1992, Feb 21). Study says racial bias affects rentals in phillips neighborhood. Star Tribune, pp. 01.B-01B.  http://login.ezproxy.lib.umn.edu/?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/418345370?accountid=14586

James, Clara, Dangerous Areas of Minneapolis.  About.com. http://minneapolis.about.com/od/minneapolisneighborhoods/qt/dangerousneighborhoodminne.htm

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The Tight-Knit Clan of Seward Neighborhood

I chose this title for a very obvious reason: I’ve never known of a more community-driven, neighbor-oriented neighborhood than Seward. Being from a suburban town, community involvement, neighborhood celebrations and block parties are nothing new to me. However, many people make the assumption that city life usually entails a whole lot of individual secrecy and people carrying on about their lives with no extreme concern for their neighbors. Seward is a city neighborhood that proves that stereotype so wrong it’s almost like it backhands you right across the face.

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Above is a photo that I feel represents the tenants of the Seward Neighborhood impeccably. At first glance all you see is a congregation of people in a park. Take a closer look. You see the diversity and passion within this community. There are people of all ages, races and social types getting along and socializing as if all of the differences between one another don’t matter. Because honestly, they really shouldn’t and they don’t.

Not only is Seward a tight-knit community, they are also very eco-friendly and a little on the artistic side. As quoted by the Seward Profile blog (yes, they have a blog that was created to keep residents updated about current affairs and events):

“”Most Hipster Neighborhood”: That’s the designation City Pages recently bestowed upon Seward. According to CP’s “Best of” issue, we’ve got the “lumberjack look” down, the “bike obsession” big time, the co-op thing going on, plus a hipper than hip music and theatre scene. A sample of their tongue-in-cheek assessment: “The Seward Co-Op is always a hotbed for dudes in flannel shopping for pomegranate seeds and hummus. And how do they get there? This is the Seward, not the Wedge, so they come by bike, not by gas-guzzling SUV.”

Seward is home to almost 250 artists (Twin Cities Daily Planet) and numerous annual art festivals. When I drove through Seward, I noticed most buildings and shops had art painted on the side. No, I’m not talking about trashy graffiti vandalism, I’m talking intricate murals and designs.

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Seward is also renowned for the mass quantities of bike/pedestrian trials, particularly the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway that runs along the gorge of the Mississippi River. According to Byways.org, Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is the country’s largest continuous bike path that runs over 52 miles around the river, parks, lakes and numerous trails. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway has been prominent attraction in Seward for over a Century.

Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Seward is also home to one of the first neighborhood committees called “Seward Neighborhood Group”. This group was created to ensure the communities safety, regulation, repairs and overall moral of the neighborhood. The website include numerous amount of information from weekly news and announcements, to plans of restoration and everything in between.

When I googled “Seward Neighborhood news” I couldn’t find anything that was worth writing about; there were no violence stories, robberies, nothing really that put Seward on the radar for news coverage. With that said, it proved to me that everything I have learned so far is very much so true- the members of the community take care of one another. The fact that even Dinkytown and campus have weekly alerts of crime and Seward, being not protected by campus security, has very minimal. I found vast amounts of coverage on their annual art festivals and the Seward co-op, making Seward extremely appealing to me. I came across a quote when being asked about how it was to live in Seward from LIVE MPLS:

If Seward were to secede from its surrounding neighborhoods, we would not only survive – without question – we would thrive. Seward has everything it needs to allow for all residents to fulfill every wish and every essential need – and will continue to develop in this direction!”– Annie

After all the research I’ve done on this little neighborhood, I couldn’t agree more with Annie. LIVE MPLS also described Seward as:

“Live MSP” describes Seward as a, “diverse, vibrant neighborhood… [with a] mix of residential, commercial, and industrial areas [giving] the neighborhood the feel of an urban village within a large metropolitan area.”

It definitely has the characteristics of a suburban town inside a big city. I am a  big fan of Seward and I don’t see this neighborhood going anywhere, anytime soon!

TC Daily Planet retrieved from http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/neighborhood/minneapolis/seward

Seward neighborhood group. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://sng.org/

Live msp: Seward. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.livemsp.org/neighborhoods/minneapolis-neighborhoods/111-seward/206-seward

Seward Profile Blog. Retrieved from http://sewardprofile.posterous.com/

 

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