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Our neighborhood at a glance

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Welcome to Stevens Square—Loring Heights, a vibrant neighborhood located in the shadow of downtown Minneapolis. A centrally-located park, tree-lined blocks of brick apartment buildings, and a post-card view of downtown make Stevens Square the Brooklyn of the Midwest. This geographically small urban enclave boasts one of the highest densities of any metro neighborhood.


Bounded by Lyndale Avenue on the west and 35W on the east, the neighborhood is bisected by Nicollet Avenue, a bustling commercial corridor, into Loring Heights filled with many single family and town homes and commanding views of downtown, and the inward-focused Stevens Square Park surrounded by many stately brick apartment blocks and condominium buildings.  


Once a prized address for the wealthiest in the city, the Van Dusen and Semple mansions both play host to community events and activities today. Nicollet Avenue bridges Eat Street with Nicollet Mall along a burgeoning commercial corridor, anchored by long-standing Plymouth Congregational Church.

Living green

Neighborhood residents have long embraced environmental stewardship by cultivating the Emily Peake and LaSalle community gardens as well as the 17th Street Overlook garden. Residents enjoy a weekly farmers market throughout the growing months. Residents also enjoy the outdoors in Stevens Square park, which hosts events and festivals year round.

Stevens Square—Loring Heights is home to HourCar and Nice Ride bicycle rental, supported by neighborhood residents and visitors preferring low-impact transportation. Bus routes frequent the neighborhood on 3rd, Nicollet, Lyndale and Franklin Avenues. For those unable to avoid the traditional commute, the neighborhood is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 94 and 35W, two of the metro’s primary arteries.  Better yet, almost everything you need is within a 20-minute walk.

Strengthening our community

Stevens Square is home to one of the longest running neighborhood associations in the city, Stevens Square Community Organization, or SSCO.