Edina’s Morningside Neighborhood
Morningside, a Distinct Edina Neighborhood with a History of Its OwnOne of the most distinct neighborhoods in Minneapolis is the Morningside suburb, just west of France Avenue across Linden Hills. It has a fascinating history as part of Edina City and walking down its roads will really give you a feel of what southwest Minneapolis is. The village grew on a major streetcar line and has become more of an urban neighborhood compared to the rest of the laidback west. It seceded from Edina in 1920 and ceased to be an independent settlement after 1966.
The Morningside neighborhood has an active and organized citizenry who are very proud of their village. They have established the MNA or the Morningside Neighborhood Association which is a volunteer based not for profit organization. Its mission is to promote a better community through group action as stated on their site. They encourage their members to be involved in decisions made by the local government.
The community strives to keep neighbors connected and well-informed about issues of interests. They do everything from flyering, having an active email distribution list, and organize social events like winter parties and neighborhood night outs. Such groups as the Morningside Babysitting Cooperative and Morningside Woman’s Club have existed for years. There is also the men’s group called the Morningside Athletic Club that meets every morning on Saturdays at the park for various sports activities. The neighborhood association gives voice to its townsmen at City Hall to ensure that their unique needs and values are taken care of.
Today, Morningside provides amenities that are more suitable to a professional streetcar suburb area. Its residential landscape reflects many of the broad themes of the Twin Cities area suburban development. You will see this in the hundreds of single-family homes as well as bungalows on its suburban lots along straight line streets.
Interestingly enough, those lots used to be occupied by farm fields and orchards before the developers transformed the neighborhood to what it is today. It was first mapped for residential development in 1905 by the descendants of a man called Jonathan Grimes to whom the Grimes farm and apple orchard northeast of the village was handed down.
If you happen to pass by the neighborhood, it will be easy to notice how distinct the area is from the rest of Edina. There is an unmistakable contrast when you compare the intersections at 44th and France Avenue and 50th and France Avenue.
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