What were you looking for in a neighborhood when you found yours?

Ruth Hamberg

I moved to Hamline-Midway because I wanted a place to put down roots and have fun

Lily Brown

I wanted something close enough to the University of Minnesota campuses

Philip Kaleewoun

I knew I wanted a quiet neighborhood that was close to Minneapolis

Jamal Knight

I wanted to be in a neighborhood and community full of other young, diverse professionals.

I moved to Hamline-Midway because I wanted a place to put down roots and have fun

  • Ruth Hamberg
  • • Engagement Specialist

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

I moved to Hamline-Midway in in 2014 because I wanted a place to live out my values while having fun and being close to things I like to do. I wanted a place to plant roots and learn and grow, and Hamline-Midway has been the perfect fit. Living locally and sustainably with a global perspective is important to me, and I can get most places with a short car ride or just using a bike and light rail. Geographically, the neighborhood is between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, so I can visit friends and check out venues in both cities. It seems like almost everything is less than 20 minutes away—from the airport to malls to the two downtowns. There are people from all over, so I’m always learning. This part of the city has a ton going on in the way of transit, arts, and business growth, plus a core of people who have been investing in the area for generations. We have restaurants with cuisine ranging from Korean to Thai to Mexican, so there’s always something new to try. The area feels like a nexus of global communities with a small town feel. And it’s a place where I knew I could get invested in community development on multiple levels—from being a good neighbor to buying local to contributing through local nonprofits, my job and faith community.

I wanted something close enough to the University of Minnesota campuses

  • Lily Brown
  • • Student

St. Paul, MN

I wanted something that was close enough to the University of Minnesota campuses but was also relaxed and a little quieter to escape the craziness of Dinkytown. The Como/St. Anthony Park area was a perfect fit.

I knew I wanted a quiet neighborhood that was close to Minneapolis

  • Philip Kaleewoun
  • • Business Analyst

Monrovia, Liberia

I was a single guy and a first time home buyer. I knew I wanted a quiet neighborhood that was close to Minneapolis so I’d have a short commute because I’d rather spend my time at the gym, volunteering or just chilling. Also, I didn’t want to deal with shoveling snow or mowing the lawn. So, I got a townhome in Robbinsdale. It’s been 9 years and I love it here. My gym is within walking distance and it’s right across the street from my favorite restaurant, Travail.

I wanted to be in a neighborhood and community full of other young, diverse professionals.

  • Jamal Knight
  • • Attorney

Minneapolis, MN

Being new to the region and having just started working in downtown Minneapolis with hours that tend to be unpredictable and long, more than anything else, I was looking for convenience. The location of my neighborhood and its proximity to work, and perhaps more so, the amenities offered in such location were at the top of my list. Easy access to restaurants, sporting events, and green space were also priority items. And lastly, I wanted to be in a neighborhood and community full of other young, diverse professionals.

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