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History of the Kenwood Neighborhood
Kenwood was the name of an addition platted just outside the Minneapolis city limits around 1887. At that time, a rail line ran along the Crazy Monkey west side of the neighborhood near the shoreline of Cedar Lake. A depot and a hotel were located at what is now West 22nd Street where it ends at Cedar Lake.
Lake of the Isles and its shoreline were acquired by the City of Minneapolis in 1886. The lake became part of the city’s famed park system and “Chain of Lakes”, along with Cedar Lake to the west and Lakes Calhoun and Harriet to the south. Lake of the Isles originally was a very large, mosquito-infested swamp, and in 1899, the city started the dredging that created the charming lake with its unusual islands, extensive shoreline, and surrounding picturesque parkland.
A newspaper ad of the late 1880’s announced the Kenwood Addition as “high, sightly and attractive” and as the “choicest place for elegant residences.” Lots were platted, streets were graded, city water pipes were laid, and city streetcar lines were planned. Soon a number of large residences were built and over the next few decades the neighborhood filled with homes built in various styles then popular.
Kenwood has several landmarks In addition to Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake. These include the 1910 brick water tower on Kenwood Parkway; the Peavey Fountain (originally built to water horses) at the intersection of W. Lake of the Isles Parkway and Kenwood Parkway; the “Mary Tyler Moore House” of television programming fame at the SW corner of Kenwood Parkway and W. 21st Street; and three grand, adjoining homes on the 2200 block of W. Lake of the Isles Parkway, built by Cream of Wheat founder Emory Mapes for himself and family members. Other landmarks are Kenwood’s small commercially zoned area at Penn Ave. S. and W. 21st Street; Kenwood Elementary School and Park/Recreation Center at Penn Ave. S. and W. Franklin Ave; Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church on W. Lake of the Isles Parkway at W. 21st St; and the very large natural green space amenity, Kenwood Park.
Kenwood Park occupies most of the northern portion of the neighborhood. Although the park includes baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, and a playground, most of the park has been reserved as open, natural space. According to the Minneapolis Park Board website, the land for Kenwood Park was purchased in 1907, and low land in the park was filled with material dredged from Lake of the Isles in 1908. Tennis courts and sidewalks were installed between 1911 and 1913. During the 1920’s, neighborhood residents opposed plans for further development of the park, fearing the destruction of the park’s natural features. Neighborhood opposition caused the development plans to be scaled back significantly.
Kenwood includes about 540 residential structures, most of which are single-family houses dating from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many larger homes were divided into rooming houses and duplexes during the mid-1900’s, but in the 1960’s and 1970’s most of these homes were rehabilitated and converted back to single-family use. Kenwood’s popularity grew in the 1980’s and 1990’s as residents and buyers recognized the increasing value of the neighborhood’s beautiful homes and Kenwood’s proximity to downtown, Uptown, and the Minneapolis park and lake system.
Those interested in historical research can find many photographs of the neighborhood in the archives of the Minnesota Historical Society, at www.mnhs.org , and the Minneapolis Public Library, at www.mplib.org.
|GENERAL DEMOGRAPHICS IN 2000|
|Under Age 5||105||7.0%|
|5 to 9||98||6.5%|
|10 to 14||102||6.8%|
|15 to 19||65||4.3%|
|20 to 24||33||2.2%|
|25 to 34||168||11.2%|
|35 to 44||274||18.3%|
|45 to 54||312||20.8%|
|55 to 59||121||8.1%|
|60 to 64||72||4.8%|
|65 to 74||92||6.1%|
|75 to 84||40||2.7%|
|85 & over||18||1.2%|
|2 or more races||16||1.1%|
|Source: US Census Bureau|
Crime and Safety
KIAA has a Crime & Safety Committee to promote safety in our neighborhood, chaired by Mark Johnson. Committee goals include educating residents about safety issues, recruiting block leaders, and maintaining communications with the Minneapolis Police Department and the 5th Police Precinct’s civilian Crime Prevention Specialist.
For detailed information regarding crime prevention, graffiti removal, unwanted solicitations, and other safety tips, visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/police.
The Kenwood neighborhood is assigned to the 5th Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department. If you want to receive the Precinct’s quarterly e-newsletter, please subscribe at the bottom of: www.minneapolismn.gov/police/about/5th-precinct.asp.
Wanted: Block Club Leaders! – Block clubs provide a way for neighbors to know one another, increase awareness, and decrease opportunities for crimes to occur. Want to become a block club leader? Please contact Chelsea Adams, our 5th Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist, at: [email protected].
KIAA publishes a monthly e-newsletter for Kenwood residents, including up-to-date crime information along with other news and events. Special crime alert bulletins are also distributed when needed. A new volunteer is needed in order to continue the newsletter.
National Night Out (NNO) is an annual nationwide crime prevention event held in early August. Residents participate in outdoor block parties and get to know their neighbors. The event also promotes positive community-police partnerships in the context of a fun summer evening with family, neighbors, and friends.
When to call 911
A MESSAGE FROM A MPD CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST
Many citizens observe suspicious activities or hear something that doesn’t seem right. We think briefly about phoning 911, but often decide not to. Below is a list of thoughts and facts about calling 911 that hopefully will demonstrate why we need to revise our thinking.
1.) Thought: Maybe this isn’t an emergency; is calling 911 appropriate?
FACT: 911 is the only number in Minneapolis you can call to get a police, fire or ambulance response (examples: loud music or parties; gunshot sounds; alarms or glass being broken; unfamiliar person carrying valuable items down an alley or from a neighbor’s house; someone shouting “help”, “fire”, or “rape”; car driving slowly down the alley with its lights off; a person peering into parked cars, garages, or house windows).
2.) Thought: Will the perpetrator/s retaliate against me?
FACT: Officers do not identify any 911 caller when stopping or talking to a suspicious person. You may also tell the 911 operator you want to remain anonymous. In cases of misdemeanor crime, the police might need to call you and have you verify the person and what you saw. Your anonymity can still be kept.
3.) Thought: By the time the police arrive, the suspicious person/s or vehicle will be gone.
FACT: A caller to 911 is most helpful if able to describe the person/s, vehicle/s, and direction of travel (if moving). A 911 dispatcher can send messages to an officer’s in-squad-car computer. If the suspicious person/s or vehicles are spotted at a later time, a good description provides the officer with enough probable cause to stop and identify the person or vehicle.
4.) Thought: I don’t want to get involved; maybe someone else will call.
FACT: In order to have safer streets and communities, everyone needs to help. Call 911 whenever you witness illegal or suspicious behavior/activity. The police need the community’s eyes and ears. Without citizen help, our Minneapolis police have a much harder time enforcing the laws and stopping criminal behavior.
Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct
3101 Nicollet Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55408
2121 W. 21st St.
A kids art studio; create, play & party!
2115 W. 21st St. [email protected] www.birchbarkbooks.com A full-range indie bookstore featuring American Indian arts & crafts HOURS
Mon – Fri: 9:00 to 6:00
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00
Sun: 11:00 to 5:00
2107 Penn Ave. S.
www.framestyles.net Custom frame and gift shop HOURS
Mon – Thu: 10:00 to 8:00
Fri: 10:00 to 6:00
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00
Sun: Noon to 4:00
KENWOOD PET CLINIC
2107 Penn Ave. S. www.kenwoodpetclinic.com Routine and specialized medical & surgical care, including dentistry
Mon and Thu: 8:30 to 6:00 Tue and Wed: 8:30 to 8:00 Fri: 8:30 to 5:30
Sat: 8:30 to 1:00
2101 W. Franklin Ave. [email protected]
www.minneapolisparks.org Year-round City Park offering recreational programs for all ages. Rental space avail.
Non-summer: Mon – Fri: 12:30 to 9:00 Sat: 9:00 to 3:00
Summer: Mon – Thu: 12:30 to 9:00 Fri: 12:30 to 5:00
STEPHEN DEAN’S TAILORS
2102 Penn Ave. S, Lower Level Complete alterations for men’s and women’s clothing
Tue – Fri: 8:30 to 5:00 Sat: 9:00 to 3:00
Note: Business hours are subject to change
THE KENWOOD RESTAURANT 2115 West 21st St. 612-377-3695 thekenwoodrestaurant.com HOURS Tue – Thurs: 8 am – 9 pm Fri – Sat: 8 am – 10 pm Sun: 8 am – 9 pm