Neighborhood Spotlight: Seward

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 12:55pm.

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Located in southeast Minneapolis is the Seward neighborhood. It is part of the Longfellow community bordered by Hiawatha Avenue to the west, the Mississippi River to the east, Interstate 94 to the north and Midtown Greenway to the south.  It’s a residential area with many single-family homes and residents enjoy scenic trails and local cafes. Here is a look at life in the Seward neighborhood of southeast Minneapolis.

About Seward

Seward is a residential neighborhood with a section of industrial area at Hiawatha Avenue and 27th Street. The commercial area of this neighborhood is at Franklin Avenue where many small coffee shops and restaurants are located. There is one public school located in the neighborhood, easily accessible highways and trails, plus an excellent park.

Housing & Transportation

The neighborhood consists of many single-family houses that were built towards the first half of the last century. Many residents in the neighborhood have been here for a long time and they keep their homes and gardens well-maintained. It’s the type of neighborhood that you stay and settle down in. The residents here are considered lower than average income for Minneapolis.

Residents can use Interstate 94 and Interstate 35W to access Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The paths at Midtown Greenway allow residents to reach Midtown and Uptown Minneapolis.


Seward has the Mississippi River towards the east and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway that runs along the river has a cycle and walking trail connecting to other city trails. Many people also use the trail at the Midtown Greenway at Seward’s southern border which connects to Uptown and Midtown Minneapolis.

The Matthews Park and Recreation Center is a popular neighborhood amenity with ten acres of open space. The park has a unique, man-made hill which blocks the industrial area from view and is perfect for winter sledding.

Local businesses are located on Franklin Avenue such as the Birchwood Café, Seward Café and Pizza Luce. An Ethiopian restaurant is also located there called Blue Nile, Seward Co-op is available for groceries and Memory Lanes offers retro bowling and cocktails. Students can attend Seward Montessori School, a public school option in the neighborhood.


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