Midtown Phillips Neighborhood News and Events

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The Phillips neighborhood includes East, West, and Midtown Phillips. Phillips is a diverse area in many ways: its population includes people of many nationalities; it has a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses; and it is home to several large employers such as Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Wells Fargo Mortgage, Allina Health Care Services, the Green Institute/Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center, along with small neighborhood businesses. The Midtown Exchange project—which redeveloped the vacant Sears building at Chicago Avenue and Lake Street into a mixed-used development of offices, hotel, retail, a global market, and housing—is one of the neighborhood's great assets. Phillips is well-connected to other parts of the city via the LRT Lake Street/Midtown station, high-frequency bus service, and The Midtown Greenway—a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor with bicycling and walking trails, the stunning Martin Olav Sabo Bridge, and the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center. Housing in Phillips is as diverse as its residents—there are pre-war single-family homes in a variety of styles, new apartments and condominiums along the Greenway, and low-rise, multi-family apartment buildings. For a whimsical tour of the neighborhood's main street, visit "Right on Lake Street," an interactive exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society. (Description from livemsp.org.)

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass


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Haiyen and Neeson Vang as photographed by Maren Misner

Haiyen and Neeson Vang met when they were just fifteen years old, while growing up in Minneapolis off of Lake Street during the 90s.  The neighborhood was run down and crime was commonplace.&n


Phillips Avenue of the Arts to open in October

Avenues of the Arts have theaters, art galleries, open mikes and studios, as well as access to award-winning restaurants and other cultural attractions. Which makes Phillips an ideal location for the newest one in Minnesota! Phillips is more culturally diverse than any community in Minnesota. It has more murals than any other neighborhood. It is home to the world-renowned In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, All Nations Gallery and restaurants from all over the world.


Minneapolis city council candidate Alondra Cano on education disparities, the Phillips neighborhood, and the Vikings stadium

The Minneapolis City Council may see some significant changes in the coming election, as incumbents have been challenged strongly by newcomers. In the city’s 9th ward, neighborhood activist and Minneapolis Public Schools communications staffer Alondra Cano is running against five other candidates. She recently sat down with KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart, who asked about the most important issues facing the city. Cano put educational disparities at the top of her list. [Audio below]


The 'Godfather' of Minnesota stepping offers a history of the dance, culture

With the popularity of the 2003 R. Kelly hit song, "Steppin' in the Name of Love" the Chicago-based dance – stepping – spread worldwide. But for Twin Cities stepper Kevin Johnson, stepping isn't a dance – it's a way of life.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Midtown Phillips Festival is all about the community

Neighbors gathered in Stewart Park on July 20 to celebrate the third annual Midtown Phillips Festival. The Festival, an official Aquatennial event, featured a wide range of neighborhood talent in the realms of music, performance, art, and puppetry.