Did You KnowIn 1910, Cedar-Riverside was home to more than 6,000 Swedes, and Cedar Avenue was called Snusgatan, or Snoose Boulevard, because of its large number of Swedish saloons and dance halls.
Historically home to some of the largest communities of immigrants in Minneapolis, the West Bank is rich with culture, as reflected in its theaters, music clubs, shops and restaurants. The historic West Bank district of Minneapolis, also known as Cedar-Riverside, is one of the most diverse and densely populated areas along the Green Line.
Running eastward from Cedar Avenue to the Mississippi River, the West Bank includes a significant college population, including the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and the University of St. Catherine’s Minneapolis campus.
The area also includes a flourishing arts community, including the University of Minnesota West Bank Arts Quarter, a major hospital, and two prominent high-rise apartment complexes: more than 1,800 units in Riverside Plaza and The Cedars. The area also features many popular live music venues, coffee houses and pubs, popular restaurants, and stations for both the Green Line and Blue Line (Hiawatha) light rail transit. Search for businesses in the West Bank in our online directory. Learn more about the West Bank at thewestbank.org.
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