Minneapolis is the largest city in the State of Minnesota and while it's Twin City, St Paul is only across the river, each city holds it's own personality and character. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis was originally inhabited by local Dakota Sioux tribes when French voyagers arrived via the Mississippi. Fort Snelling was built in 1819 by the United States Army and quickly become the predominant trade center of the region. During the 1800's the lumber and grain industries ruled the economy with companies such as General Mills and Pillsbury coming to prominence.
Still a center of economic dominance in the region the largest current day employers include the University of Minnesota, Target, Park Nicollett, Ameriprise, & General Mills.
Minneapolis is also known as a artistic and cultural center within the Midwest. The art, music, and comedy scenes are strong and fun to witness in person. Located in the Lowry Hill neighborhood just across interstate 35 from Loring Park is the Walker Art Center the go to venue for contemporary art. It also includes a sculpture garden featuring the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. Music venue, First Avenue, is a must stop for any up and coming and well established music acts on tour. Good laughs are had at Acme Comedy Club located in the North Loop neighborhood.
Whether you're catching a ball game at Target Field, lawn bowling at Brit's Pub, perusing the local farmers market, staying fit on the many bike trails, or indulging in a North East drive bar there is plenty for everyone in the Minneapple.
Areas and Neighborhoods
The city of Minneapolis is broken up into several different areas each with their own subset of neighborhoods. These consist of Central, Calhoun-Isles, University, Northeast, Longfellow. Camden, Near-North, Phillips, Powderhorn, & Nokomis.
One might real briefly describe these areas as follows:
Central - This is Downtown are which is home to many financial employers as well as Target Corp. Nicollet mall is car free and home to many good eats.
Calhoun-Isles - This is an upscale area with several beautiful lakes including Cedar Lake, Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska), & Lake of the Isles. This area has a vibrant nightlife with plenty of bars and restaurants.
University - No further explanation needed. This is home to the University of Minnesota campus which bring in lot of students and the associated lifestyle.
Northeast - This is an up and coming are of Minneapolis. Once overlooked it's now a hotspot of growth in the city. If you like this area buy now because prices are on the rise.
Near-North & Camden - This area doesn't have the best reputation but housing is cheap and surrounding neighborhoods are safe and convenient.
Minneapolis and the surrounding communities are well known for their extensive and well kept park systems. Unlike many other cities park systems Minneapolis was planned with foresight and designed to not only be aesthetically pleasing but also very functional for fitness and transportation. Much of this planning and foresight is credited to Horace Cleveland and Theodore Wirth.
The city also also known for being very bike friendly with the ability to commute virtually anywhere via bicycle. One of the more predominant trails is the Grand Rounds trail which loops around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet then east via the Minnehaha Pkwy with an option to circle Lake Nokomis. It then continues east to the Mississippi and heads north. You then have the option to cross the river, continue north towards downtown, or head east via the Midtown Greenway.
Whether you're looking to sight see via the parks, and trails, keep fit, or commute to work the many parks and trails are sure to offer something for everyone.