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Downtown East is an official neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States part
of the larger Central community. Its boundaries
are the Mississippi River to the north, Interstate 35W to the east,
5th Street South to the south, and Portland Avenue to the west. It
is bounded by the Downtown West, Elliot Park, and Cedar-Riverside
neighborhoods. The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood is
on the other side of the river, but there is no direct automobile
connection between the two neighborhoods. There is a pedestrian and
bicycle connection via the Stone Arch Bridge.
Downtown East is home to the H.H.H. Metrodome, where
Twins (MLB baseball), Minnesota Vikings (NFL football), and
Minnesota Gophers (NCAA University of
Minnesota football) play home games. As of 2009, the Minnesota Golden Gophers moved
into the new TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus.
Additionally, The Minnesota Twins will move into new Target Field at the
start of the 2010 season.
Within Downtown East is the Mills District, which
contains a number of former industrial properties left over from
the days when Minneapolis was the flour milling capital of the
world. Many old mills and factories are being converted to housing,
bringing a residential population to a neighborhood that beforehand
didn't have many residents. The neighborhood is also home to the Mill City Museum, Mill Ruins
Park, and the new Guthrie Theater complex, which
abandoned its old location near Loring Park during the summer of 2006.
The neighborhood is served by Downtown East/Metrodome station of the Hiawatha Line.
Downtown East: the arched bridge on the left is the Stone Arch
Bridge crossing the Mississippi River; the dark blue building is
the Guthrie Theater; the long straight span crossing the river
behind it is the I-35W Mississippi River
which collapsed in August 2007. The domed stadium is the
Metrodome; also in the photo is the headquarters of the Star Tribune
parts of Hennepin County Medical
as well as several former mills (The clock tower in the
foreground is a part of Minneapolis City Hall
Downtown East/Metrodome Station of the Hiawatha Line sits by the
arches in front of the Metrodome.