Intro to East Town & Elliot Park

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Located just east of downtown proper, Elliot Park has a long and checkered history, first rising to prominence as the city’s most fashionable residential district and then declining as the city grew and changed with the times. Today, the neighborhood is once again transforming into an inviting residential oasis amid the downtown skyscrapers.

In the past decade a growing roster of small cafes and restaurants, retail stores and towering condominiums have risen alongside the neighborhood’s handsome brownstones, stately old mansions and tree-lined boulevards. Elliot Park also remains home to several larger institutions, including North Central University and the Hennepin County Medical Center.

The neighborhood’s recent renaissance combined with its close proximity to downtown has made the area an emerging destination for families and young professionals. Expect this trend to continue as ground breaks on the new Viking’s Stadium, which is poised to spur even more development in coming years.

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The East Town & Elliot Park Lifestyle

In the late 19th century, Elliot Park was a burgeoning residential district for some of the city’s most prominent families.

Large mansions and multi-family rowhouses sprang up all over the neighborhood.

Today, many of these early dwellings still populate Elliot Park’s residential streets. They’re some of the oldest buildings in the city.

Elliot Park is also home to a number of locally-owned and locally-beloved small businesses.

Band Box Diner has been a neighborhood favorite for more than 70 years.

Two of the city’s earliest parks – the neighborhood’s namesake, Elliot Park and Franklin Steel Square – offer up plenty of green space for outdoor rest and relaxation.

Expect great things from Elliot Park, as city initiatives and grassroots efforts continue to revitalize this historic Minneapolis neighborhood.


The namesake for the neighborhood is Mr. Joseph Elliot, an early botanical scientist, who donated his land to the city in 1893. This land is the site of the current Elliot Park, and another generous donation of Mr. Elliot resulted in the founding of Steele Park - these were the city's first two parks.