Seward

Seward is a famously liberal neighborhood within the Longfellow community. Bordered by Hiawatha Avenue to the west, Minneapolis Midtown Greenway to the south, the Mississippi River to the east and Interstate 94 to the north.

Seward’s definitive charm is marked by several grassroots establishments, including two cooperatives: the Seward Co-op and the Seward Community Café, which is the oldest collectively run business in Minneapolis. The Playwright's Center is also found in Seward and was founded in 1971 and now serves more playwrights in more ways than any other organization in the country, according to the pwcenter.org website. As far as nightlife is concerned, Seward has Hexagon, Memory Lane and the old Sound80 Studio, now home to Orfield Labs. The ever-changing Franklin Avenue is the major commercial corridor in Seward.

There is recreation in Seward as well. Matthews Park and Recreation Center is a big draw as is Midtown Greenway and the Mississippi River. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway runs along the river and contains a bike and walking trail, which connects to other trails in the city.

Residents in Seward live in mostly single-family houses built in the first half of the last century and the household income of residents here is lower than the average in all of Minneapolis. Unique, but quaint homes line the streets. Named the Best Hipster Neighborhood by City Pages in 2012, Seward blends neighborhood charm with progressive ideals. 

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