The neighborhoods that constitute Southwest Minnesota – Armitage, Fulton, Lynnhurst, Kenny and Windom among them – all share a couple of defining features: Ease of access to major Twin Cities arteries including Crosstown Highway 62 and Interstate 35W. While the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is for the most part to the north of Southwest Minneapolis (the southern end of Lake Harriet dips into the neighborhood), there is a relaxed, friendly vibe to the neighborhood that results from such close proximity to the lake life. In addition, Minnehaha Creek meanders through Southwest Minneapolis, providing for abundant opportunities to revel in nature along the creek. At the western edge of Southwest Minneapolis is the quaint and highly walkable 50th and France area, which features dining and retail center that’s among the most popular in the Twin Cities.
Until 1996, the Tangletown neighborhood was known as the Fuller neighborhood, in homage of the 17th century educator and feminist Margaret Fuller. Look at a map and it’s easy to see why its name was changed to the Tangletown neighborhood – many of its streets, especially those town the central and southern part of the neighborhood, don’t conform to the street grid of the rest of the city and rather seem to wind around.
It’s sometimes hard to know why neighborhoods were given their particular names, but that isn’t the case with Linden Hills, which is a tribute to the area’s linden trees and rolling terrain. Developed in the 1880s, Linden Hills is nestled between lakes Calhoun and Harriet, and is perhaps Minneapolis’ best-known neighborhood.
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