Hidden in plain sight: Seward photowalk explores neighborhood’s hidden treasures (UPDATED)


Did you know that the Seward neighborhood has an Oromo-speaking church? A cooperative space for artists interested in putting technology to creative uses? A woman-owned manufacturer of precisioned machined components? [Note: Since its original publication, this article has been updated with even more photos of neighborhood assets.]

It was on October 3, a perfect fall day when residents of Minneapolis’s Seward neighborhood joined with Twin Cities Daily Planet staff and went on a community building photowalk. Anyone can be a part of a photowalk, and any registered user of the Daily Planet can be a part of our Community Assets Directory. This is a continuing, citizen-driven, community-focused project and we welcome anyone to be a part of it any time: click here to see an Instagram gallery from the walk, and to read about how you can contribute.

This photowalk had a second purpose as well: to find and document some of the diverse businesses and attractions in Seward and add them to our Community Assets Directory. The Twin Cities Daily Planet has a directory of community businesses and assets divided up by the 81 neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the 17 District Councils of St. Paul. Just as our news stories come from the community, so too does the content of our community assets directory.

Our photowalkers gathered at the Matthews Park Community Center. From there we we split into three groups, one group went east along Franklin Ave, the second group walked south to 26th Street and the third went east toward 27th Avenue.

gathering for the photowalk

For me, a resident of Minneapolis’s Minnehaha neighborhood, this was a great chance to see and appreciate more of the Seward neighborhood than I usually see on my commute—and I was not disappointed.  After our walk, we convened at Boneshaker Books to enjoy pizza from Pizza Luce and begin adding to our community assets directory. Below are few of the images that we gathered on our walk.

Cityview Church

Fall colors at Cityview Church

diet rite cola bench

A bench alongside Birchwood Cafe


Faith Menonite Church

East African fare at Shabelle

The Hack Factory

Twin City makers unite at The Hack Factory

cute cat

This little guy joined us on the photowalk. He may not be in the Commnuity Asset Directory, but he is definitely a community asset.

Park Supply of America

Tokkummaa warra Hoolaa fi Leencaa (Lamb and Lion Fellowship), an Oromo-speaking church

Hub of Heaven Community Garden

Hub of Heaven Community Garden

Thai cuisine at True Thai

Art and whimsy at Joan of Art