Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown Minneapolis

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 9:16am.

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Minneapolis is a massively popular city with office buildings, modern apartment blocks and skyscrapers dominating the downtown area. The city grew up around the flour mills on the Mississippi Rivers but since the middle of the 20th century, other industries overtook milling and the west of the river became the commercial center of the city. Today you’ll see shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment, theaters and so much more going on in the thriving downtown Minneapolis. Here is what it’s like living here.

What area makes up downtown Minneapolis? 

Downtown is basically made up of Downtown West and Downtown East. On the west, you’ll find the skyscrapers, the Warehouse district and the Nicollet Mall. Downtown East is going to be more of your residential and commercial buildings, the historic Mill District lofts and of course the Metrodome.

What divides the two sections would be Portland Avenue, Fifth Street South and Fifth Avenue in the form of a zig-zag. Downtown Minneapolis is your western half of Downtown East where the skyscrapers and attractions are plus all of Downtown West.

Living Here

The majority of homes in downtown Minneapolis are apartments, lofts, studios and condos. New high-rise condo developments are easy to find in addition to old warehouses that were converted into modern apartments.

Living in the skyway system is the most expensive especially if you’re paying for parking. You’ll find around 40,000 people living here that are mostly young urban professionals. Being one of the major commercial and finance centers in the Midwest, there are plenty of businesses found in the area to work downtown.

Walking around downtown is very easy especially with the skyway system. Driving is easy because there is plenty of parking but it is expensive. You can get a rechargeable parking card for metered street parking or consider taking the bus and train.


There are many restaurants and bars found in the skyway system, the Nicollet Mall and the Warehouse District. Shopping is easy at the mall but is also enjoyable at the Gaviidae Common and at the summertime farmer’s markets. Enjoy attractions like the Guthrie Theater, Hennepin Theatre District and the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

You can easily live, work and play in downtown Minneapolis.

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