Minneapolis' Camden Community Highlights

Camden is a community in Minneapolis, covering the upper western half of the north side. Its boundaries are 53rd Avenue North to the north, the Mississippi River to the east, Lowry Avenue North to the south, and Xerxes Avenue North to the west. The community is composed of seven smaller neighborhoods. It also contains the Camden Industrial Area and the Humboldt Industrial Area, neither of which are assigned to an official neighborhood.

Cleveland - The Cleveland neighborhood can be found on the very edge of the city of Minneapolis. Its boarders extend from Dowling Avenue North to Lowry Avenue in the south and from Penn Avenue in the east to Xerxes Avenue to the west. The neighborhood is named after Grover Cleveland, who was born in 1837 and was president of the United States two times.

The Cleveland neighborhood has a suburban feel to it, despite its location in the city. The residences which can be found here are mainly single-family detached houses. Cleveland has a larger proportion of owner occupied housing than most of Minneapolis. The price of homes here also tends to be less than the median Minneapolis price.

The local neighborhood school, Lucy Craft Laney School, is a major draw for city residents. The K-8 school offers special programming for gifted and talented students, an all day kindergarten and classes in the performing arts and choir as well as Language Learner programming in the Hmong language.

Located next to the school is Cleveland Park, a vital part of the Cleveland neighborhood. Its amenities include picnic areas, a tot lot and wading pool, an arts and crafts room with regularly scheduled activities, and playing areas for basketball, baseball and softball. The facility also has meeting rooms and rest rooms available to the public.

Folwell – The Folwell neighborhood extends north to south from Dowling Avenue North to Lowry Avenue North and east to west from Dupont Avenue North to Penn Avenue North. The neighborhood was named after Folwell Park, which in turn was named for Dr. William W. Folwell, the first president of the University of Minnesota.

Folwell Park is the neighborhood’s anchor. It is a very popular spot for recreation within the neighborhood. Also located at Folwell Park is the Folwell Recreation Center. It provides activities year round for residents. The regularly scheduled programs include youth mentorship programs, cooking classes, senior recreation programs and more.

Folwell neighborhood first began development at the beginning of the 20th century. The housing stock is mainly single-family housing on small lots and set at a moderate price. Many of the homes here were built in the 1970s.

The Folwell Neighborhood Association is very active, encouraging home ownership and responsibility in the neighborhood. It has programs for first time home buyers, assistance with repairs and renovations, and prizes for homeowners who beautify their properties with exterior improvements and gardens. They also run a volunteer organization that will help elderly and low income residents with exterior renovations.

Lind-Bohanon - Lind-Bohanon is bounded on the north by 53rd Avenue North on the City's and extends east to the Mississippi River. An industrial area comes between Lind-Bohanon and the river, causing the neighborhood’s eastern border to shift at 48th Avenue North to Lyndale Avenue North. This border extends south to the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. On the west, the neighborhood’s boundary is Humboldt Avenue North. Lind-Bohanon covers just over 500 acres and is smaller than one square mile. The neighborhood and its elementary school are named for Jenny Lind, a famous Swedish soprano born in the first half of the 19th century.

The neighborhood has a low resident turnover rate, with some families residing there for two or three generations. The homes are generally modestly priced compared to the rest of Minneapolis. Since 1990, the value of homes has risen, but homes in this part of the city are still cheaper than the average home price in Minneapolis. Many homes here are in the $65,000 to $85,000 price range.

McKinley - McKinley neighborhood is bound on the north by Dowling Avenue North, on the south by Lowry Avenue North, on the west by Dupont Avenue North and on the east by the Mississippi River. The neighborhood and its elementary school are named after William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States. The North River Industrial Area is located along the river and extends to Interstate 94 just to the north of McKinley.

Most of the homes in this area are original and were built between 1910 and 1930. Singly-family, two-story houses with wooden frames are the most common. Many are bungalows or stucco Tudors. There are a number of parks and business catering to families found in McKinley, making this a nice neighborhood for settling down with a family.

Shingle Creek - The Shingle Creek neighborhood is bound on the north by 53rd Avenue North, on the east by Humboldt Avenue North, on the south by 49th Avenue North and on the west by Xerxes Avenue North. Located in the northwest corner of Minneapolis, the neighborhood’s northern and western border is also the City limits.

The neighborhood is named after the Shingle Creek, which runs from the north to the south through the eastern half of the neighborhood and flows into the Mississippi River. In 1852 the first shingle mill in Hennepin County was built near the mouth of the creek, hence the name of Shingle Creek. The creek is surrounded by parkland, where people have picnics and fish in the summertime.

With around 3,300 people in residence, Shingle Creek's population is made up largely of families. Shingle Creek is dominated by 1950s-style residences, including compact three bedroom homes, and larger one-and-a-half story residences. The area has an owner-occupancy rate of more than 90%, which is much higher than the average of the rest of the city. A small number of commercial districts are located here, as well as an industrial corridor located along the Northern portion of 49th Avenue.

The Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association works with other local organizations and the government to refurbish and renovate older homes. A Homebuyer's Assistance Program is also in place attract first-time home-buyers to the neighborhood. The SCNA is also committed to protecting and preserving natural environments, especially its namesake.

Victory – The Victory neighborhood is located west of Penn and Newton avenues, east of Xerxes Avenue, between Dowling Avenue on the south and the Humboldt Industrial Area on the north. The neighborhood was named after Victory Memorial, a memorial to World War I veterans and fallen soldiers. Victory Memorial Drive is part of the Grand Rounds parkway and bike path circuit.

In the early 20th century, the Victory neighborhood was home to factory and mill workers. Today, the neighborhood contains many homes from the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the homes here were built before 1970. Many of them are being lovingly rehabilitated. The older appearances of the homes in Victory give the neighborhood a pleasant atmosphere. The larger homes which dominate the area attract many families. Victory is also very popular with first time homebuyers.

Webber-Camden – Webber-Camden extends from Interstate 94 on the east and Penn and Newton avenues to the west to Dowling Avenue on the south and Webber Parkway on the north. Webber-Camden was named after Camden, New Jersey. In fact, until 1995 the neighborhoods name was simply “Camden.” In that year, the neighborhood added “Webber” to the original name “Camden,” changing the name to “Webber-Camden.” This was for Charles C. Webber, who donated a portion of the land for Webber Park and whom the Webber Parkway is named after.

The Webber-Camden community is a mixture of middle-class and working class homes coupled with some industrial zones. This mixture of homes and industrial areas makes Webber-Camden a great choice for people who work in the industrial area. Many middle-class families, singles and retirees also enjoy living in the Webber-Camden neighborhood.

In June 2007, the average home sales price for a single family house, town home, or condo in the Camden Community of Minneapolis, MN was $123,873.

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