Downtown East, Minneapolis

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Downtown East
Location of Downtown East within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
Location of Downtown East within the U.S. city of Minneapolis
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.384 sq mi (0.99 km2)
 • Total1,254
 • Density3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55401, 55415, 55454
Area code612

Downtown East is an official neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Within Downtown East is the Mill District, which contains former industrial buildings left over from the days when Minneapolis was the flour milling capital of the world. Many of these old mills and factories are being converted to housing, bringing a residential population to a neighborhood that beforehand didn't have many residents. Because of this, the Mill District in Downtown East is one of the fastest growing areas of the city.[3]

Its boundaries are the Mississippi River to the north, Interstate 35W to the east, 5th Street South to the south, and Portland Avenue to the west. It is bounded by the Downtown West, Elliot Park, and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods. The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood is on the other side of the river, but there is no direct automobile connection between the two neighborhoods. There is a pedestrian and bicycle connection via the Stone Arch Bridge. Downtown East was home to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, where the Minnesota Twins (MLB baseball), Minnesota Vikings (NFL football), and Minnesota Gophers (NCAA University of Minnesota football) have all played home games. As of 2009, the Minnesota Golden Gophers moved into the new TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus. Additionally, the Minnesota Twins moved into new Target Field at the start of the 2010 season. In 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium opened on the Metrodome's former site.

The neighborhood is also home to the Mill City Museum, Mill Ruins Park, Gold Medal Park and the Guthrie Theater complex, which abandoned its old location near Loring Park during the summer of 2006.

The neighborhood is served by U.S. Bank Stadium Station of the METRO light rail system.

Downtown East: the arched bridge on the left is the Stone Arch Bridge crossing the Mississippi River; the dark blue building is the Guthrie Theater; the long straight span crossing the river behind it is the I-35W Mississippi River bridge which collapsed in August 2007. The domed stadium was the Metrodome; also in the photo is the headquarters of the Star Tribune, parts of Hennepin County Medical Center as well as several former mills (The clock tower in the foreground is a part of Minneapolis City Hall). The Downtown East/Metrodome Station sits by the arches in front of the Metrodome.
Historical population
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Coordinates: 44°58′33″N 93°15′16″W / 44.9759°N 93.2545°W / 44.9759; -93.2545[4]


  1. ^ "Downtown East neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN), 55415 detailed profile". City-Data. 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  2. ^ "Minneapolis Neighborhood Profile: Downtown East" (PDF). Minnesota Compass. October 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  3. ^ Minneapolis, City of. "Downtown East reconstruction". Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  4. ^ Downtown East, Minneapolis, MN. Google Earth. Retrieved 2011-03-09.

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