6.2 out of 10

Cedar Riverside

44.9688866648464 -93.2431272487039
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Essence of Ethic Diversity"

Cedar-Riverside is its own unique village in the center of the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Also referred to as the West Bank, Cedar-Riverside gets its name from Cedar and Riverside Avenues which bring to life varieties of ethnic restaurants, shops, and specialty boutiques. This neighborhood that was formerly known as Snoose Boulevard, was once home to Scandinavian immigrants who mainly worked in the industries located along the Mississippi River.

The population of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood eventually grew to include artists, musicians, actors, and students. It is now the largest immigrant community in the Twin Cities, continuing to grow upon its immigrant roots. This community is home to the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus, as well as Augsburg College. The U of M brings with it the students and influences of the performance and visual arts schools and law school.

By the Light Rail line you can reach Downtown Minneapolis in just 5 minutes, and there are bus and bike routes that connect you to numerous communities and trails. Those who live in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood might be found in the high-rise condominiums or the smaller single family homes originally built in the early 20th century, as there is great diversity in the housing options.

Within Cedar-Riverside you can also find the Coyle Community Center, Currie park for games of basketball, wading, and softball, Murphy Square (the oldest park in Minneapolis), the Riverside Park, West Bank Arts Quarter, and the Franklin Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park.
Pros
  • Diverse population
  • Right next to downtown and university campuses
Cons
  • traffic
  • Crowded
  • Higher crime rate
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"The International Face of Minneapolis"

Located on the opposite side of the river of the University of Minnesota and sandwiched between I-94 and I-35W, Cedar Riverside is the most ethnically and culturally diverse community in the city. Almost half of the residents are foreign born and the mix of different architectures reflects the diversity in the population. The neighborhood is home to the fine art facilities of the University of Minnesota as well as the Augsburg College. The eateries and shops in the immediate area do not have counterparts anywhere else in the city and they offer a look into Minneapolis's international population.

Those looking to quench their thirst are never short of options and can mosey on over to the Hard Times Cafe, the Acadia Cafe or the Nomad World Pub. The artistically inclined can view art and shows on campus or within more low maintenance spaces such as the Mixed Blood Theater or the Cedar Cultural Center. The housing options are pretty much limited to apartments and to renters, but they tend to come at very affordable prices. It can be difficult, however, to find vacant properties during the fall and spring semesters when many students are wanting to live just off of campus. The main downside of Cedar Riverside is the frequent crime, mostly consisting of theft and burglary. Hence residents would do well to have bolt locks on their doors.
Pros
  • Diverse population
  • Tons of dining, shops and bars
  • Right next to downtown and university campuses
Cons
  • Higher crime rate
  • Crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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