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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 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.

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Demographics

KENWOOD
 GENERAL DEMOGRAPHICS IN 2000
COUNT PERCENT
POPULATION
Total 1500
By Gender
Male 756 50.4%
Female 744 49.6%
By Age
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%
Median age 41.8
By Race
White 1416 94.4%
Black 21 1.4%
Am. Indian 6 0.4%
Asian 40 2.7%
Other 1 0.1%
2 or more races 16 1.1%
HOUSING UNITS
Total 620
Occupied 606 97.7%
Vacant 14 2.3%
Owner Occupied 508 83.8%
Renter Occupied 98 16.2%
Source:  US Census Bureau
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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: Chelsea.adams@minneapolismn.gov.

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.

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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.

Chelsea Adams
Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct
3101 Nicollet Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN  55408
Chelsea.Adams@minneapolismn.gov
(612) 673-2819

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Local Businesses

ARTRAGEOUS ADVENTURES
612-423-7554
2121 W. 21st St.
Amanda Vallone
www.artrageousadventures.net
A kids art studio; create, play & party!

BIRCHBARK BOOKS 
                                                                                                       612-374-4023
2115 W. 21st St.                                                                                         info@birchbarkbooks.com
                                                                       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

BOCKLEY GALLERY 
                                                                                                        612-377-4669
2123 W. 21st St. 
                                                                              information@bockleygallerv.com
                                                               www.bockleygallery.com
Art gallery 
EXHIBITION HOURS 
Wed, Fri, Sat: Noon to 5:00 
Thu: Noon to 7:00

FRAMESTYLES 
                                                                                                                 612-374-2420
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 ELEMENTARY 
SCHOOL 
                                                                      612-668-2760
2013 Penn Ave. S.
Sue Payne, Community Liaison                                                      Kenwoodpta@yahoo.com
                                                                www.kenwood.mpls.k12.mn.us 
                                                                                     Neighborhood school – K to 5th grade

KENWOOD PET CLINIC 
                                                                                                  612-377-5551
2107 Penn Ave. S.                                                                                     www.kenwoodpetclinic.com
                                                                                                       Routine and specialized medical & surgical care, including dentistry
HOURS
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

KENWOOD RECREATION 
CENTER
612-370-4941
2101 W. Franklin Ave.
                                                                    mmercil@minneapolisparks.org
www.minneapolisparks.org
                                                                                                 Year-round City Park offering recreational 
programs for all ages. Rental space avail.
HOURS
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                                                                                          
612-374-2663
2102 Penn Ave. S, Lower Level                                                                                                Complete alterations for men’s and women’s clothing
HOURS
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