Lake Street is surrounded by 4 communities and 14 neighborhoods, each as unique as the next.
The Calhoun-Isle community is best known for large lakes that take up a majority of its geographical area and the trendy Uptown and Lyn-Lake business districts.
- East Calhoun (ECCO): Bordered by Lake Street on the north and Lake Calhoun on the west, East Calhoun may be geographically small, but it is packed with commercial and residential activity.
- East Isles: This neighborhood’s name reflects the lake that forms its western border, Lake of the Isles. The Midtown Greenway, a converted railroad line featuring bike and walking paths, runs through the southern part of the neighborhood.
- Calhoun Area (CARAG): The neighborhood includes a mix of single family homes, small and large apartment buildings, churches, a park and small businesses.
- Lowry Hill East (The Wedge): Stretching from Lake Street in the south to Downtown Minneapolis, this neighborhood is known for its funky shops, art centers, theaters and numerous restaurants.
The Powderhorn community makes up a large swath of South Minneapolis and is well known because of its large park and many community events.
- Lyndale: Best known for its active and engaged community and public art, Lyndale lays south of Lake Street and is a mix of small businesses, single-family homes, and apartments.
- Whittier: Whittier is an active, urban residential neighborhood lying north of Lake Street. Its main commercial corridor, Nicollet Ave, is nicknamed Eat Street, in recognition of all the ethnic restaurants and groceries located on it.
- Central (CANDO): Named after Central High School, this diverse neighborhood is nestled quite literally in the center of south Minneapolis with Lake Street defining its northern border.
- Powderhorn Park (PPNA): This thriving and diverse neighborhood is centrally located with famously creative and unique community events, like the annual May Day Parade, organized by the In The Heart of the Beast Theater.
- Corcoran: This community-focused neighborhood is predominantly residential, yet is home to the twice-weekly Midtown Farmers Market and Blue Line’s Lake Street / Midtown Station.
Phillips is a large community with four different neighborhoods, three of which have Lake Street as their southern border, Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, and East Phillips. Often referenced collectively, Phillips is a diverse neighborhood that includes a mix of residential, commercial and industrial buildings, including the Midtown Global Market and the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. The neighborhood takes its names from Wendell Phillips, a 19th-century abolitionist.
The Longfellow community is comparatively large, taking up much of South Minneapolis between Hiawatha Ave and the Mississippi River. Named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the American poet, the neighborhood is mainly residential with a mix of single-family home and rental property. Two neighborhoods, Longfellow in the west and Cooper in the east, surround Lake Street. Visit Cooper’s eastern end to be inspired by the Andrea Myklebust and Stanton Sears’s sculpture, “P.S. Wish You Were Here” or head over to Longfellow’s Lake Street and 27th Ave intersection for a culinary trip around the world.