South Minneapolis (Longfellow)

Longfellow is the not technically correct, but almost universally used name for the part of South Minneapolis between the Light Rail and the Mississippi River. It's a quiet, residential, moderately expensive neighborhood popular with families and couples. Officially, "Longfellow" can refer to a community of several neighborhoods in south Minneapolis. The Longfellow community contains a neighborhood officially called Longfellow, plus the Seward, Howe, Cooper and Hiawatha neighborhoods.

Longfellow has always been a residential neighborhood. Immigrants living in cramped neighborhoods near and in Downtown Minneapolis began to move to the Longfellow area when streetcar lines were laid connecting downtown Minneapolis to Richfield and southern suburbs in the early part of the twentieth century. And around that time, Sears catalog homes became available, making home ownership a possibility for the working class populations of Minneapolis. Duplexes and single family homes dating from the 1920s until 1970s are distributed through the neighborhood. More modern, larger homes have been built recently in the eastern half of the neighborhood, near the river. Apartments are harder to find in Longfellow. Most are in small buildings, with a few newer high-rise apartment and condo buildings near Hiawatha Avenue and the lightrail.

Longfellow is a primarily middle class, professional neighborhood. The housing available - small single family homes - attracts small families and couples. Because the neighborhood is so close to both downtowns, many people work in Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The major streets in the neighborhood, Lake Street, and Hiawatha Avenue, have banks, pharmacies and other necessities. The neighborhood's best known local business is the Riverview Theater, a restored movie theater showing second run movies and classics with discount ticket prices.

The most well known park in the area is Minnehaha Park, home to the famous Minnehaha Falls. Other neighborhood parks, like Longfellow Park, are very popular for families. The West River Road is very scenic, with a walking trail and bicycle trail, and a favorite place for runners, walkers, cyclists, people exercising their dogs, roller bladers and roller skiers.

South Minneapolis is served by the Light Rail, connecting Downtown Minneapolis, the airport and the Mall of America. It is centrally located in the city of Minneapolis so several highways and the major Twin Cities freeways, I-35 and I-94 are very close by. The southern tip of Longfellow is within a half-mile of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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Listing information last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 7:21am CDT.