Northeast Minneapolis, the last story…

From the beginning to end, Northeast Minneapolis has been always intrigued me with its unique history and culture. The culture they have today was not just formed all of a sudden. It was formed with its long history, environment, geography, demographics etc. These factors all had a crucial role to make the unique and nice neighborhood. 

Here is a good description that explains how does culture form usually. Sulekha.Com described culture as

A society or a nation has traditions, customs, social norms, values and forms of creative expressions. All these belong to culture. Therefore, each individual is a constant creator of individual, national and world culture. Thinkers and philosophers of a society influence millions of people with their thoughts. Our parents and neighbors hand over their traditions and customs to us. This is our heritage. When we are children, our culture is almost nonexistent except as inherited through past karma. Slowly we grow up and strengthen ourselves by cultivating values and creating a path for our lives.

This quote gives you an idea of how culture gets formed, and it explains well how long it takes and how it constantly and continuously changes as time goes on.

However, culture is not the only factor that determines or represents the neighborhood. It has other factors, such as the space of neighborhood. For example, the northeast Minneapolis is composed with 13 composing smaller neighborhoods. Therefore, the northeast Minneapolis neighborhood is large compare to other smaller neighborhoods. Historically, the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, St. Anthony, was a independent city and it was founded even before Minneapolis was founded. Although it is incorporated to Minneapolis as a neighborhood, with that reason, it is a larger neighborhood. 


The picture above is the Northeast Minneapolis space and its boundaries:

Again, historically, there were a lot of immigrants from East Europe, especially, Poland, Ukraine, and Lebanon. And this neighborhood is also the oldest settlement by a non-native Americans. For that reason, the culture of the neighborhood was largely influenced by the Eastern European culture. For example, there are many Eastern European restaurants, bars, and organizations. Moreover, there are so many churches and cathedrals that have their own nationalities. Some of them are now owned by third or fourth generation of the first immigrants, which is very unique and historical.

However, recently, there are some changes. After the government proposed the freeways, such as i-94 and i-35, there have been so many younger group of people have moved in to the neighborhoods due to its safety and quite environment. The large proportion of people of the younger group is student, and mostly they are studying at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. Younger people brought an energetic environment to its local business. For example, the restaurant business is doing very well recently. So the average age of the population went down big time. Moreover, the ethnic groups became more diverse. It used to be at least 90 percent whites in this neighborhood, but it became very diverse these days because we can find that the proportion of white population went down significantly. 

Many people here are in a working-class. This fact impacts in the political view greatly. There is even a case fore it. In its history, the first mayor of St. Anthony when St. Anthony was a separated city, was elected with the power and influence of the Eastern European people who were in a working-class. Many people were the bar owners. Therefore, we can’t never ignore the power of resident’s working class. It might have been changed because the population became a lot younger and diverse.

In conclusion, culture and the living style of the neighborhood gets formed with a variety of factors. Nothing is useless to be used to construct the its own culture and living style. Even a little rock may have a potential or actual influence to culture. Therefore, nothing can be ignored, especially in the northeast Minneapolis neighborhood because it has been changing a bit by bit every year, and, now, it has its historical form, but with changes. However, they keep protect the originality. In other words, it’s a mix of modernity and historical context.

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