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Northeast Neighborhood

Northeast part of Minneapolis, which includes St. Anthony East and West, Sheridan and Logan Park, has a full of rich history. According to, other than those four on the top, Northeast is also composed with 13 smaller neighborhoods. It was founded in 1843 when Franklin Steele purchased the land and start building the Mills with Ard Godfrey help. Fortunately, I had an opportunity to explore and study Northeast neighborhood this week. Through walking down the streets, and talking with friendly residents and employees, I was able to taste a little bit of their rich history that have been intrigued me for a long time. I wish this experience sharing help whoever wants to visit or learn about Northeast Neighborhood.

History of Northeast

Before exploring the modern form of Northeast Minneapolis, first, it is important to have a further understanding of history about this neighborhood. Since the history of Northeast begins with St. Anthony area, the oldest part of Minneapolis, St. Anthony’s history is sufficient to explain the whole history of Northeast neighborhood. After the foundation by Franklin Steele, it had soon become a “Mill City.”  The area had flourished was St. Anthony Falls on the east bank, and this fall is still well-known and very popular. The land west of the Mississippi was opened for settlement in 1852. St. Anthony was incorporated in 1855, 12 years before its neighbor Minneapolis. St. Anthony and Minneapolis were separate cities until 1872. However, after St. Anthony was affiliated to Minneapolis, it became Northeast Minneapolis.


St. Anthony West and East

As explore St. Anthony, I was able to see and feel more about European Style buildings and atmosphere. Although I didn’t know what exactly Eastern European style is, it seemed just cool and gorgeous to me. Cathedrals, churches, restaurants, and beautifully formed and connected streets and parks gave me a peace in my heart. The streets weren’t busy, and everyone seemed very peaceful. It was totally different than the streets in New York, which I visited a couple weeks ago.   By interviewing the residents and employees, I was able to know more about St. Anthony. Here is what I learned. St. Anthony West was established in 1849 on the banks of the Mississippi River as the Village of Saint Anthony Falls. An employee of the oldest church in Minneapolis, Rosen, said “St. Anthony Falls were named by Father Louis Hennepin and he was known as the first European who explored Minneapolis.” She also said, in recent, people have strong desire to live near the riverside due to its revitalization, and there are many residents actually had moved to the upfront of the river St. Anthony West currently has 30378, and 49.56 % is male and 50.44% is female according to Homes Point2.  It is located in within walking distance of downtown and the University of Minnesota. Broadway Street NE is the northern boundary, and the neighborhood extends to Second Avenue on the south. Another extension is on the Washington and 5th Streets, which is the eastern boundary. In addition, the boundaries of St. Anthony East are Broadway to the north, Central Avenue to the east and southeast, 2nd Avenue to the south, 5th Street to the southwest, and Washington Street to the west. St. Anthony East is a very small area, so their history and other data can be incorporated with St. Anthony West. 

The picture of Father Louis Hennepin:



Logan Park

Visiting Logan Park was also a fun trip.  It was a small and quite park that is located in a small village. From the interview with Adrianne, who has been working for the Park for 11 years, there are many events, and the busiest days are Fridays and Saturdays. Logan Park also has a nicely built recreation center. People come here for recreation often too. Logan Park was established on April 3rd, 1883 by vote. On the description board right next to the main building of the park says its purpose and reason, “ An Act providing for the designation, acquisition, laying out and improvement of lands in the City of Minneapolis for a system of public parks and Parkways; and for the care and government thereof.”

The picture of the Park Legacy:



Sheridan neighborhood has its boundaries between 17th and 18th Avenues to the north, Washington Street to the east, Broadway to the south, and the Mississippi River to the west. 253 people live in this area, and there are 85 households.  Sheridan can be though as a really small village that is near the St. Anthony.

Whoever is seeking for the rest with historical experiences, I strongly recommend Northeast, Minneapolis. With gorgeous building and atmosphere, it gives the best environment for the rest and Joy at the same time.


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First Reflection Paper-Cultural Spaces

Cultural spaces are spaces that you feel comfortable, familiar, safe, and enjoyable. Whether it is a physical space or not, as long as it fits that four categories, it is your cultural space.  To fit those four categories, there are some background checks to be considered. For example, each person’s history, gender, age, nationality, hobby, where they live, etc. could make the differences in cultural spaces for different persons. In my case, I’m a male Korean who studies in the University of Minnesota, and I would like to play any sports with a ball, for example, soccer and basketball, and I live with my roommate in Seven Corners Apartment.  This already gives a hint what my cultural space would be.

To describe a cultural space, I will bring one example of my cultural space.  Being a student in Minnesota, my life pattern and goal are pretty simple. Therefore, it can be easily defined that my cultural space here in Minnesota is school and the school life because I mostly spend my time at the school and I feel comfortable, familiar, safe, and enjoyable. I usually go to a class, library, recreation center and restaurants. Every place I go will be near the school; even my apartment is 3 minutes away from the law school building of the University of Minnesota. My friends and I usually talk about TV shows, school works, and the future, and sometimes we go out to bar near the school. It seems pretty much very simple and everything would happen in or near the campus. Therefore, as a student of the University of Minnesota, my cultural space is the school, the University of Minnesota-twin-cities, and its school life.

After defined the definition of cultural space, we need to think about “how might cultural spaces influence” and “how individuals communicate with one another” to further our understanding of cultural space.  Cultural spaces affect each person’s life style or their ways of living. Just by changing the cultural space, people’s lives could get differentiated from the presence. This is quite interrelated to the next question, “how individuals communicate with one another.” For instance, if a person A and B have different cultural spaces, they have very slight possibility to get close to each other. Let’s say if A is goal-oriented 28-years old business man who likes to go fishing in his spare time, and B is 14 year old teenager who thinks being lazy and not listening to his teacher is cool. Their cultural spaces would be totally different. Even when they get a chance to each other, they wouldn’t feel so comfortable sharing their culture or spaces. Therefore, it is the fact that cultural spaces largely influence one’s life style or their ways of living, and it brings a huge impact on communication in each individual with one another.


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