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The Downtown West neighborhood is the Central Business District of Minneapolis. As such, it is home to many Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, moderate and upscale retail shops, and luxury, boutique, family-friendly, and landmark office building conversion hotels. Nicollet Mall – which is very active with restaurants and shopping – runs south from Washington Avenue. Hennepin Avenue – with its concentration of theaters and entertainment – runs south from the Mississippi River.

Downtown East is in the center of the city and has experienced exponential residential population growth over the past 10 years and has attracted two major cultural institutions to the area, the Guthrie Theater and MacPhail Center for Music (both of which were designed and built by world renowned architects), and a variety of new dining establishments to add to the old neighborhood favorites. The Downtown East neighborhood is home to Gold Medal Park and houses the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater. Along the waterfront, the city has built a park themed on the history of Minneapolis incorporating mill ruins and featuring the Mill City Museum. Many of the old mills and factories have been converted into residential or commercial uses.


Boundaries and Zip Code

The Downtown West Neighborhood

North: Mississippi River
South: 12th Street
East: Portland and 5th Avenues S
West: 3rd Avenue N

The Downtown East Neighborhood

North: Mississippi River
South: 5th Street South
East: I-35W
West: Portland Avenue South

Zip Codes: 55401, 55402, 55403, 55415


Visit the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association website for information.

Housing Styles and Types

The housing types in Downtown Minneapolis are a mixture of condominiums, lofts and apartments within mid- to high-rise structures constructed during the urban renewal era of the 1960s to the more recently constructed and mid-19th century landmark building conversions of today.


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Public Facilities


Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

For more information about other incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.

Getting Involved

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) represents the interests of people living, working, visiting and recreating in the Downtown East and Downtown West neighborhoods of Minneapolis


Information regarding DMNA activities and events can be found on the DMNA Web site at www.thedmna.org. Persons can subscribe to the DMNA email list on this site to get information on DMNA meetings and events.

The Downtown Journal is the official newspaper for the DMNA and the Downtown East and Downtown West neighborhoods. www.downtownjournal.com.


Real Estate Listings

Search Realtor.com for listings. You can search for properties by either clicking on the map or entering the neighborhood name or zip code (noting that zip code boundaries span multiple neighborhoods) into the search bar.

OwnAHomeMN.org—Check here for listings of affordable homes sold by community developers. Note: not all neighborhoods have listings.


Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association
Christie Rock, Neighborhood Coordinator
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Phone: 612-659-1279

Board members are listed on DMNA Web site, www.thedmna.org.

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