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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