I bet my Northeast is bigger than your Northeast.
That’s because I consider Northeast Minneapolis to extend all the way into St. Anthony. Yes, I know that it’s over Minneapolis’s city borders, but the similarities among all the small neighborhoods that compose NE share similar social and geographical characteristics that tie them together. Let’s take a look.
First, the City of Minneapolis doesn’t recognize Northeast as a distinct neighborhood. Instead, they break the city down into much smaller neighborhoods. As a result, the area we most often think of as Northeast is, according to the City, fourteen different neighborhoods. But ask around, and only a few people will tell you that they live in Windom, Holland, or Logan; they’ll say they live in NE.
, our local tourism board, only considers half of our quadrant of the city to be part of NE MPLS. They omit everything east of Central Avenue. While I can understand guiding visitors to the western part of
Northeast Minneapolis because that’s where the vast majority of shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars are, the area east of Central is still very much part of our neighborhood.
Wikipedia does a better job, and by the strict guideline of keeping Northeast totally in Minneapolis, they’re right. This is the traditional outline of NE MPLS.
My Northeast Minneapolis Neighborhood Borders
I like to venture a little further afield. To the west, I-94 forms the border. This is a main
transit route that connects North Dakota and Minnesota to Wisconsin, Chicago, and beyond.
On the east, I extend the border all the way to I-35. Again, this freeway is a major crossroads in the U.S., connecting Duluth to Laredo, Texas.
Between these two interstate highways is a collection of houses, businesses, and churches that share many characteristics. Scandinavian and Polish immigrants originally settled this region, leaving their architectural influence on the many churches and commercial buildings scattered throughout the region. Sure, the houses in the eastern part of Minneapolis and in St. Anthony tend to be slightly more ornate than their more working-class western brothers, but it’s not a huge difference like you’d find by going further west into North Minneapolis (settled by Jewish merchants) or near downtown, where rich business owners built massive mansions.
There is a common feeling that binds the entire area together. People have an artistic bent. They take pride in their homes. They support local businesses. They love city life. Between these lines, folks tend to use the same few mechanics, go to the same flower shops, and dine at the same restaurants. It’s one big community. I love living here.
My family has been in NE for over 100 years. I consider myself a native expert because I grew up in those alleys, parks, schools, and churches. I know them as well as anyone.
If you’re looking to buy or sell within these boundaries, give me a call. I’d love to be of help. And if you’re looking for something further afield in the Twin Cities, I can help with that, too. Because I’m a professional appraiser, I have up-to-the-minute information on cities, neighborhoods, and houses anywhere in the seven-county metro area. I’d love to be of service.