Identities in Marcy Holmes

Marcy Holmes is now a place where young professionals and students who are trendy reside. I learned in my class that a culture has people who are alike and have an identity as a whole. The similarity principle states, “we tend to be attracted to people who we perceive to be similar to ourselves” (Martin & Nakayama, 2010). This proves that people with similar identities are attracted to others of the same culture.


The identity of an area depends on what people consist in the area. If it is a poor neighborhood it is likely that the people who live there are poor as well. In the Marcy Holmes neighborhood the people consist of affluent people who are young as well as some students who most likely attend the University of Minnesota.


The identity of the Marcy Holmes area is young people who are trendy that either go to school or have jobs and just graduated. The identity is a contested site by some people but dynamic to others. There are a good amount of people who are trendy young professionals but also a good amount of people who are students and are in student housing around the area. That is what seemed to be the consensus from the people on the street.


When asked, “How might we understand the relationship between culture, identity, and context in this neighborhood?” I have a few things to respond to that with.

We understand the relationship between culture and identity from who has moved into the neighborhood recently. There has been an influx of people who are young and have money. Therefor the housing prices have gone up which have made it more desirable for young people who have money to come and find a place to live. This has made it tough for people who have lower incomes to keep a house around there. Joseph has lived in the Marcy Holmes area for 12 years, he told us about how his rent has been going up over the past 5 years due to young, wealthy, professionals moving into the neighborhood.


According to, “The city’s ‘first neighborhood’ is now one of its hottest” ( I believe that since it was considered the “first neighborhood” makes it a more desirable place to live. It also has a great location as it is located on the Mississippi and just a quick walk to the Guthrie theater across the river. I believe this makes the area more in tune with the arts.


The Daily Planet says, “Marcy Holmes is a welcome mix of old and new, traditional and trendy” ( The historical background has influenced a connection between the new and old style of buildings. The Pillsbury A Mill is now being renovated and being converted into affordable apartments (DuBois, 2012). This is just a sample of how the new and old are being fused into one. The identity of the neighborhood in the 21st century is directly correlated to the past. Everywhere you walk there is something of historical significance, the Pillsbury A Mill is just one good example of that.


The affluent young professional is not the only identity in the neighborhood. There are students from the University of Minnesota as well that reside in Marcy Holmes. People around Marcy Holmes are looking to create more involvement opportunities  for University of Minnesota students. According to Novak, a MN Daily writer, “The Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association is working to establish a Student Involvement Committee” (Novak, 2012). With the push for student involvement around the neighborhood, there will be the two identities (young professionals, and students) coming together for the greater good of their community.


The community influences people in Marcy Holmes to participate in events around the neighborhood. These social events are things such as a Ten Second Film Festival where people put together a 10 second film (pretty self explanatory) or an historic Frisbee golf tournament. These social events help create a social identity for the people living there and kind of a way of life for them.


The identity of Marcy Holmes is well respected by the larger Twin Cities “community”. It is prized by the Twin Cities because of two things, its history and the present state of the neighborhood. The region dates back 150 years to the beginning of Minneapolis (Metro Staff Team, 2011). It also was voted the in the top 10 places to live in Minneapolis (Metro Staff Team, 2011). Marcy Holmes has an identity of the youth of today coinciding with the success of today.


DuBois, A. (2012, April 18). Pillsbury a mill to be converted into affordable housing. Minnesota Daily. Retrieved from


Martin, J., & Nakayama, T. (2010). Intercultural communication in contexts. New York: McGraw-Hill.


Metro Staff Team. (2011, September). Top ten neighborhoods in minneapolis. Retrieved from


Novak, M. (2012, January 24). Marcy-holmes neighborhood group looks to add student involvement committee. Retrieved from


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