Minneapolis

Population

2010: 382,578, #48 in U.S., #1 in Minnesota

1950: 521,718, #17 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 3,279,833, #16 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 1,116,509, #13 in U.S.

Setting

Minneapolis was founded in 1850 at St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. Today there are parks and trails on both sides of the river and on Nicollet Island. The Minneapolis Queen has river cruises in the summer.

Buildings

Tallest building: IDS Center (1973), 792 feet

List of tallest buildings

The Foshay Tower (1929, 448 feet) has an observation deck on the 30th floor. It was the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929 to 1972 and is now the W Minneapolis Hotel.

Stores

Downtown Minneapolis has a Target store. The Macy's in the former Dayton's flagship store closed in 2017.

Downtown has eight miles of Skyways connecting the second stories of retail buildings and offices. This is apparently the longest continuous Skyway system in the world. Nicollet Mall (1968) is a 12-block transit and pedestrian mall.

Trains

Amtrak’s Empire Builder goes east to Milwaukee and Chicago, and west to Fargo, Spokane, Portland, and Seattle, from the Midway Station (1971) in St. Paul, about halfway between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. The old Milwaukee Road Depot in downtown Minneapolis (1899) is now called The Depot; it contains two hotels.

The Metro Blue Line light rail (2004) goes from downtown to the airport and to the Mall of America in Bloomington. The  Metro Green Line (2014) goes 11 miles between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. The Northstar Line (2009) is a commuter rail line that goes 40 miles northwest from downtown Minneapolis to the town of Big Lake.


 



Minneapolis Skyline
(Photo by Alexius Horatius)

Museums

The Mill City Museum is located downtown. The Walker Art Center is just southwest of downtown, and the  Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Hennepin History Museum are just south of downtown.

Theaters

St. Anthony Main Theater shows independent films. The Hennepin Theatre Trust owns three old movie palaces: the Pantages (1916), Orpheum (1921), and State (1921). They have a variety of concerts and touring Broadway shows.

The Minnesota Orchestra plays at Orchestra Hall (1974). The Guthrie Theater is also downtown.

Sports

The Minnesota Twins of the American League play at Target Field (2010). The NBA Minnesota Timberwolves play at the Target Center (1990). The NFL Minnesota Vikings play at U.S. Bank Stadium (2016).

Map of Downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis Downtown Council

Minneapolis Riverfront District

Cities Architecture