Distinguishing Features of Ward 6
Vibrant Arts Community
Minneapolis is home to more theater seats than any other metro area in the world. Theaters in Ward 6 include Children’s Theater Company. Many independent galleries operate in the Ward, showcasing local, national and international artists through a variety of exhibits, readings, live music and workshops.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts contains over 180,000 square feet of classroom, studio, exhibition and academic space.
Nicollet Avenue South of downtown to Lake Street is known as Eat Street. This popular destination offers a huge variety of ethnic dining and grocery stores. Including German, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese, Middle-Eastern and Mexican, Eat Street offers hard-to-find and exotic dishes.
Several innovative schools located in the Ward provide learning for its diverse population.
The City of Lakes Waldorf School is located on 24th and Nicollet. Waldorf education is math, sciences, humanities, the arts and more. Applauded worldwide for more than 80 years, Waldorf aims to educate the whole child, igniting a lifelong love of learning. The rich Waldorf curriculum provides the complete range of subjects taught in most American schools, with the addition of foreign languages, music, movement, handwork, and performing arts. At each grade, learning is carefully tailored to the natural stages of child development.
The NAWAYEE Center School is an alternative high school for American Indian students and Southside Family Nurturing Center provides education in a multicultural environment. The Little Earth Neighborhood Early Learning Center encourages parental interaction with the childhood learning process.
Additional public schools in the Ward include Whittier Community School for the Arts and Phillips Community School.
Revitalized East Franklin Avenue
In just the past few years there has been significant improvement in the area of East Franklin, making this a revitalized, safer neighborhood for living, working and shopping. Features of the area at Chicago and Franklin include: Franklin St. Bakery, Many Rivers Apartments, Minneapolis American Indian Center, Chicago Crossings Shopping Center, Ancient Traders Market, Maria’s Cafe, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for and assists low-income families throughout the metro area toward self sufficiency by providing housing, jobs and training.
Affordable Public Housing
Eleven public housing hi-rises provide affordable housing in Ward 6. They include the four towers at Riverside Plaza, three Hiawatha Towers, two sites in Stevens Square and the Pentagon in Ventura Village.
Light Rail Transit
In 2004, MetroTransit opened its first light rail transit line through Minneapolis. Riders can access it from two stations in Ward 6 at the Franklin Avenue or Cedar/Riverside stations.
Old Cedar Avenue Entertainment District
The area known as Old Cedar Avenue houses nightclubs making it a popular entertainment destination. Hot spots include The Cabooze, Whiskey Junction, Baja Riverside and The Triple Rock Social Club, drawing local and national musical acts. During warmer months motorcycle enthusiasts line Old Cedar Avenue for outdoor barbecues and socializing.
Lyn/Lake District and Midtown Greenway
The intersection of West Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue South is commonly known as Lyn/Lake. This area offers a variety of unique restaurants and bars, as well as antiques, clothing stores, theaters and galleries.
Access to the recreational Midtown Greenway is two blocks west (at Bryant and 29th Street) providing miles of bicycle and walking paths. The greenway leads users to Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes and bicycle commuter trails. Various community groups maintain lush gardens that line the greenway and stimulate the senses.
Last updated Jan. 5, 2014