Seward is a diverse, vibrant neighborhood located along the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis, close to downtown, the University, and Saint Paul. Seward’s sense of community and mix of residential, commercial, and industrial areas give the neighborhood the feel of an urban village within a large metropolitan area. Seward’s urban wilderness, the Mississippi River gorge has biking and hiking trails and is part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. Shops, restaurants, the Seward food co-op, arts and cultural organizations, and office space are located along Franklin Avenue—Seward’s primary commercial corridor. More than 250 artists make up the Seward Community Arts Network (that hosts the annual Seward Arts Festival), and two internationally recognized arts organizations, the Playwrights’ Center and the Northern Clay Center make their homes in the neighborhood. Seward is also home to an estimated 1000 new East African immigrants who have chosen to make the neighborhood home.
Boundaries and Zip Code
As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Seward dates back to the first rapid expansion of the city in the late Nineteenth Century. Seward's history begins with its main commercial thoroughfare and cultural cornerstone, Franklin Avenue. Franklin originally ran along the southern border of the Town of Minneapolis, established in 1856. Over the next twenty-five years, the area expanded away from Franklin to the south and west. A major influence on the early growth of the neighborhood was the construction, in 1870, of the Iowa and Minnesota Division of the Milwaukee railroad, which runs parallel to Hiawatha Avenue on Seward's western border. Throughout the 1870s and 1880s, residential development remained confined to the area adjacent to the railroad and the industrial district. By 1930, the area had been built up into a fully developed neighborhood.
Housing Styles and Types
Seward has a mix of housing types—larger high and mid-rise apartment buildings are located near I-94; duplexes are available; and single-family homes from the late nineteenth-century and bungalows built before the World War II are found throughout the neighborhood.
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Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives
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Real Estate Listings
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