City Council

Ward 2 - Cam Gordon

350 S. 5th St., Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-2202
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West Bank / Cedar Riverside Neighborhood

Council Member Gordon’s Cedar Riverside Office Hours:

First Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am
Hard Times Cafe, 1821 Riverside Ave

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is named after the intersection of the two main avenues of the neighborhood, Cedar and Riverside. The neighborhood is triangular-shaped with three definitive boundaries: the Mississippi River on the east side, Interstate 94 on the south side, and Interstate 35W on the west side. Cedar-Riverside’s history is nearly as old as Minneapolis'. In the late 1890s, the neighborhood was known as "Snoose Boulevard," with a thriving community of Scandinavian immigrants, many of whom worked in the milling and lumber industries on the Mississippi River. In the 1960s and 1970s, Snoose Boulevard turned from a quaint neighborhood to a beehive of hippies, intellectuals, actors, artists and musicians. Presently, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood boasts the largest community of immigrants in the Twin Cities, continuing a long history of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Neighborhood Profile (includes Census data)

Identifying features

Riverside Plaza, Augsburg College, University of Minnesota West Bank, West Bank Arts Quarter, Seven Corners, Fairview Hospital, Riverview Tower, Cedar Riverside People’s Center, Brian Coyle Center

Neighborhood Celebrations: Bohemian Flats Days – celebrates Cedar Riverside’s immigrant and cultural history, West Bank Music Festival.

Parks/Greenspace: Currie Park, Riverside Park

Schools: Cedar Riverside Community School, West Bank School of Music

Neighborhood E-Democracy List: http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls-cr

Neighborhood Group

West Bank Community Coalition
Osman Ahmed, Board Chair

Business Association

West Bank Business Association (WBBA)

Community Developers

West Bank Community Development Corporation
1808 Riverside Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone Number: (612) 673-0477
Fax Number: (612) 673-0379
Email: info@wbcdc.org
Website: http://www.wbcdc.org/

City Contacts

Police Precinct: 1

Crime Prevention Specialist: Ahmed Hassan (612) 673-5164

Inspector: Kristine Arneson, Kristine.Arneson@minneapolismn.gov, (612) 673-5504

CPED Planning Team:

Planning: Haila Maze, (612) 673-2098

Housing: Matt Goldstein, (612) 673-5075

Economic Development: Erik Hansen, 612- 673-5022

Housing Inspections: Paul Meyers, (612) 673-5851

Park Board Commissioner: Scott Vreeland, svreeland@minneapolisparks.org, (612) 230-6443

Upcoming/Ongoing Developments

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit

Currie Park Development / Street Repair

Fairview Children’s Hospital Expansion

Riverside Avenue Reconstruction (link)

Riverside Plaza Renovation

Riverside Park Rehab

Bluff Street Park

University District Planning Study

Bike Lanes on Riverside/4th, 15th, 19th, and bike tunnel under I-35W Bridge

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Nonprofit/Arts/Educational Organizations

Last updated Feb. 28, 2012