The area that’s now the city of Edina traces its roots back a long way – all the way to the 1850s, when Irish and Scottish immigrants first settled into the area. It became a successful farming village, but its transformation to one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area’s most desirable communities began in the 1920s. The city’s status was firmly cemented in 1956, when Southdale – the first fully enclosed shopping mall in the world – opened for business. The area around Southdale remains a hotbed of development today, with plans in the works for new high-rise condominiums across the street from Southdale and the Galleria, an upscale shopping center with dozens of unique restaurants and stores. At the same time, Edina may be as well known for the 50th and France commercial area, where pedestrians can spend the day walking between chic shops and cozy restaurants. At the same time, Edina has an abundance of natural beauty, with the scenic Minnehaha Creek flowing through it as well as dozens of parks and recreational facilities.