Category Archives: Minneapolis

Mapping Twin Cities Neighborhoods

Drawing a map of the city based on how we live in the city

What makes a neighborhood? Many things may come to mind… including the people you live with, the places you frequent, and the locations you call home. Neighborhoods are the physical locations in which people connect with the city in which they live. They are dynamic and changing, yet static, they are unique and individual, yet universal. They are the living rooms of the city, where residents live, work, and play. Neighborhoods become part of your identity.

A collection of local hubs – Between Minneapolis and St. Paul, there are over 100 unique and distinctive neighborhoods, and more if you start to count the surrounding suburbs. Officially, Minneapolis has 81 neighborhoods, 72 of which are represented by organizations operated by the residents and businesses that live and operate within their boundaries. St. Paul has 15. St. Louis Park has 27. Edina has 45!

The city is a sum of its neighborhoods, both the official ones and unofficial ones, and each is defined by the people who live, work, and play in them.

What are the Neighborhoods of the Twin Cities?

Help make the most accurate map of Minneapolis and St. Paul yet.

You draw the neighborhood.

You draw the neighborhood.

This project creates a crowd-sourced map of the Twin Cities Metro Area representing the city through the eyes of the people. In the application, no neighborhood names or boundaries are here to start with. You make the map. Real or imagined, within a city, or crossing municipal borders. Names, extents, and descriptions are up to you. After mapping, be sure to View Maps to see other people’s contributions.

North Loop Neighborhood - Minneapolis

North Loop Neighborhood – Minneapolis

Draw your City

Visit the Application. Map your neighborhood, Twin Cities!


The Technology Behind

“Map your neighborhood, Twin Cities!” is built using LeafletJS and CartoDB. This project is coded on top of projects in Portland by Nick Martinelli (Thanks Nick!) and Boston by Bostonography (Thank you, Andy Woodruff and Tim Wallace).


Visit the Application. Map your neighborhood, Twin Cities!

Minneapolis: Then and Now

So I stumbled across an old postcard of Minneapolis, taken of the skyline probably in the mid-1960s. I was immediately struck by how close it was to a photo I took earlier this year (late March 2013, obnoxius chain link fence on the Franklin Ave bridge and all). ┬áThe growth of the city core is incredible over the last 50 years. The Foshay Tower (now incarnated as the W Hotel Minneapolis) is just about the only recognizable landmark that has endured the test of time, or in other words… survived the great and destructive Minneapolis urban renewal projects of the 60s and 70s. Also surprising is the overhead highway sign gantry at the exit to Interstate 94 Westbound, which has remained unchanged over time and through many MNDOT iterations.

Minneapolis Time Machine

Look at the complete lack of traffic! What I’d give for that these days!

Looking for other before and after skyline photos, Minneapolis or other.  Reply and share!

-Mike