Minneapolis Longfellow Community Highlights

Longfellow is a community in Minneapolis comprised of five smaller neighborhoods. They are Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, Longfellow, and Seward. The community takes its name from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote about Minnesota and nearby Minnehaha Falls.

The Longfellow community is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east, as well as the city limits. The community takes full advantage of the river as green spaces and various trails wind along the shores. The light rail creating its western border. Lake Street, a main thoroughfare and commercial corridor, cuts across the upper one-third of the community and Minnehaha Park, including Minnehaha Falls and Lock and Dam Number 1, anchor the southern corner.

A transit station is conveniently located at Lake Street and Highway 55. The light rail connects the southern suburb of Bloomington and the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis.

Hiawatha - The Hiawatha neighborhood extends from 40th Street on the north to 54th Street East on the south, and from the Mississippi River on the east to Hiawatha Avenue on the west and south. As with many Minneapolis communities and neighborhoods, the Hiawatha neighborhood is named for its elementary school. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the American poet born in 1807, made the names Hiawatha and Minnehaha famous in his poem, The Song of Hiawatha. . The light-rail transit line runs along Hiawatha Avenue. Parallel to this road, Minnehaha Avenue has a mixed commercial and residential use area which offers all the necessary amenities for shopping and entertainment. The rest of the neighborhood is mainly single-family houses. One-third of the neighborhood’s area is open land.

Howe - Howe neighborhood is bound on the north by 34th Street, on the east by West River Parkway, on the south by 40th Street and on the west by Hiawatha Avenue. Howe’s east side ends with the Mississippi River, and some of the neighborhood is in the Mississippi River valley. The neighborhood, like its elementary school, is named in honor of Julia Ward Howe, who was born in 1819 and penned “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Howe is an attractive residential community where the median income and home values are on a par or slightly above the median incomes and home values for Minneapolis proper. Most of the neighborhood is made up of residential homes. Many of the homes near the river have been upgraded pretty significantly. More modest homes farther west are also being renovated.

Cooper - The Cooper neighborhood extends from 38th Avenue South in the west to the Mississippi River in the east and northeast. From north to south, Cooper extends from the 27th street railroad tracks to 34th Street East. The neighborhood and elementary school were named after James Fenimore Cooper, an American novelist born in 1789. A mainly residential neighborhood, Cooper’s most important commercial corridor is Lake Street. Parks and green spaces cover the banks of the Mississippi River.

Longfellow – The Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis extends west to Hiawatha Avenue and east to 38th Avenue. The northern boundary is 27th Street and the southern boundary is 34th Street. The neighborhood is named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the famous poet born in 1807. The neighborhood is served by the first light-rail transit corridor in Minneapolis, which runs along Hiawatha Avenue. There is a large concentration of multi-family rental housing in Longfellow. There is also an industrial area, which stretches along Hiawatha Avenue.

Seward – The Seward neighborhood ois bound on the north by Interstate 94, on the east by the Mississippi River, on the south by 27th Street East and on the west by Hiawatha Avenue. The neighborhood is named for William Seward, who served as secretary of state under Abraham Lincoln’s administration. Because of its close proximity to both the University of Minnesota and the Fairview-Riverside Medical Center, many residents of Seward are education or medical professionals. Of the neighborhood’s 390 acres, 54 percent are residential and almost 20 percent are industrial. The industrial uses are located along Minnehaha and Snelling avenues and 27th Street East in the southwestern portion of the neighborhood. Parks line the river and Seabury Avenue. Seward is connected to downtown, the airport and the Mall of America through the newly opened light-rail line.

The Longfellow community boasts single-family and multi-family homes. Most of the homes along the River have been upgraded substantially, with re-development moving west on a block-by-block basis, capturing the more modest homes. The neighborhoods populations is diverse. It ranges from long-time residents to young families to students attending nearby schools. In June 2007, the average home sales price for a single family home or condo in Longfellow, MN was $224,735.

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