Wedge basics

Streetcar tycoon Thomas Lowry is the namesake of two Minneapolis neighborhoods, Lowry Hill and Lowry Hill East, but the latter is probably better known as The Wedge. Photo by Dylan Thomas

Officially, it’s Lowry Hill East, but the slice-of-pie-shaped neighborhood south of downtown is probably better known by its nickname: the Wedge.

Three busy commercial corridors give the Wedge its distinctive geometry. At the north end, Lyndale and Hennepin avenue meet at an acute angle to form the Wedge’s tip. Lake Street is the neighborhood’s southern border, connecting two bustling entertainment districts: Uptown and Lyn-Lake.

The interior of the Wedge contains the recently designated Lowry Hill East Residential Historic District, a collection of homes built in the popular architectural styles of a century ago, including Queen Anne and Colonial Revival. A neighborhood within walking distance of both downtown and the Chain of Lakes is just as appealing now as it was in the streetcar era.

Speaking of streetcars: Lowry Hill East is named for 19th-century real estate magnate Thomas Lowry, who was also a key figure in the development of the city’s long-lost streetcar network. But Lowry already has one neighborhood named in his honor, Lowry Hill, so let’s let the Wedge be the Wedge.

Neighborhood overview

Boundaries: The triangle-shaped Wedge neighborhood (officially Lowry Hill East) is bordered by Lake Street on the south, Lyndale on the east and Hennepin Avenue on the west.

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How to get involved: Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) meets on the third Wednesday of every month at Jefferson Community School, 120 W. 26th St. (Note that the meeting location typically changes for the summer months.) There are opportunities to participate in the neighborhood organization through its committees, including the Environmental Sustainability Working Group, Public Spaces Working Group, Social Working Group and Zoning and Planning Committee.

Special attractions: The Wedge has a toehold in two bar and restaurant hubs, Uptown and Lyn-Lake. It’s also an arts hotspot, home to Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Intermedia Arts, Soo Visual Arts Center and Douglas Flanders & Associates. Fans of Minnesota author Maud Hart Lovelace should visit Mueller Park, where a plaque marks the site of her former home.