The Phillips community in south-central Minneapolis has a complex history. Elegant Victorian mansions, some of the largest in the city, are a sign of this neighborhood's past grandeur. Unfortunately, urban decay, due in part to construction of Interstate highways 3SW and 94, has laid much of this area to waste. However, corporate and community activism in Phillips are resulting in some urban renewal and redirection, and a slight decrease in the crime rate. In Minneapolis' largest neighborhood (it spans 220- blocks), over 50 block clubs have been formed, and Phillips' residents are patrolling their blocks in an effort to take back their neighborhood. Vacant lots have been turned into community gardens. New housing has been built along the Hiawatha LRT corridor, and many youth programs have been initiated by community groups and churches. The Midtown Greenway will pass through Phillips, one block north of Lake Street, on its long run from France Avenue to the Mississippi. The community's sense of pride is exemplified by a graceful gateway sculpture built at Franklin and Chicago Avenues by Rafala Green.
Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the mansions of Park and Portland Avenues. Some of them have been converted into apartments, group homes, halfway houses and office spaces, while others have been adapted for use by the cluster of hospitals and specialty clinics in Phillips, including Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minneapolis Children's Medical Center. Perhaps the neighborhood's best-known landmark is the American Swedish Institute, a 33-room mansion that houses a museum of Swedish culture at 2600 Park Avenue. The Minneapolis American Indian Center and Art Gallery is at the comer of Franklin and Bloomington Avenues.
Phillips, like Central and Cedar-Riverside, is a culturally diverse area. The neighborhood, with over 70 non-profit community agencies, serves as a gateway to newly arrived immigrants. North African restaurants and food stores can be found a little north of the neighborhood on Cedar Avenue, and the new Hispanic Mercado at 15th and lake serves the 9,000 Spanish-speaking people who live within its surrounding three miles. Housing consists mainly of rentals in the form of duplexes and triplexes, many of which are in deteriorated condition. The latter part of 1997 saw average house prices in Phillips at around $53,000; this according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service. Newly built homes did better, selling for between $86,000 and $89,000.
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Revitalization projects continue to bring new capital into Phillips. Park Avenue mansions are being renovated and converted into owner-occupied condominiums; new duplexes, condominiums, and green spaces are in the plans for the area bounded by 24th and 25th streets, between Chicago and Portland. Portland Place, an association development of 31 new houses and townhouses which place no income limitations on potential buyers, opened in the summer of 1999. Most recent revitalization efforts in Phillips are centered around a two-million square foot retail and office mall called Great Lakes Center, which is on the site of the old Sears building at 10th Avenue and lake.
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