The North Loop is a neighborhood close to Downtown Minneapolis. The neighborhood is known as the Warehouse District due to a long history of milling and shipping. The neighborhood is along the Mississippi River and features James I. Rice Park, which is popular during the summer.
For most of its history, the North Loop was an industrial area. It was home to a large railroad yard and numerous warehouses and factories. The common architectural style in this area is the Chicago-style, but other styles include Queen Anne, Italianate, among others. These warehouses were used to store goods wholesale and were connected to the railroads in order to transport them effectively.
In the 1980s, the Warehouse district was the center of the Minneapolis art scene until the area's buildings became more commercially desirable in the 1990s. At its peak, the Wyman Building was home to more than twenty contemporary art galleries. No Name Gallery was formerly located in the eastern part of the neighborhood before it moved out of the district and became the Soap Factory.
While some industrial tenants remain, many of the old factories and warehouses have been converted to commercial space or loft condominiums and apartments. The area still connects with its industrial past, as many newer buildings have attempted to replicate the style of the old warehouses.
Since the mid-1990s, thousands of people have moved into the North Loop due to gentrification. The neighborhood is particularly popular with people who work in downtown Minneapolis, so residents can walk, bike, or take a short bus or METRO ride to work. Coffee shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and small retail stores have also moved into the neighborhood in recent years.
The Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, a prominent artist cooperative and gallery space, is located in the eastern part of the neighborhood. The largest employer of the neighborhood is the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, which is located at the southwest end of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.
Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, opened in 2010, is on the southwest edge of the neighborhood. This has led to the area to be a popular area to live in, with plans to build several large apartment buildings. The area is also served by Target Field (Metro Transit Station), the new terminus for the Northstar Commuter Rail, Metro Transit Blue, Green, and future light rail lines.
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