Marcy-Holmes is eclectic, diverse, active and has a rich historical tapestry. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city and today offers exceptional access to places for learning, working, worshipping, shopping and dining.
Marcy-Holmes is east of the Mississippi and south of East Hennepin Avenue, which is why it's called Southeast Minneapolis. Named for a politician (William L. Marcy) and a writer (Oliver Wendell Holmes), Marcy-Holmes is the proud gateway to the University District, which includes Prospect Park, Southeast Como, West Bank-Cedar Riverside and the University of Minnesota.
Although Marcy-Holmes is one neighborhood, different areas within exhibit different urban character.
- As the birthplace of Minneapolis and home to the original Pillsbury A-Mill, the Riverfront has local and national historic significance. The current mix of uses, structures, and attractions make the area one of the most visited and loved in the region.
- The West Side is predominantly a quiet residential area with a diverse mixture of housing types, styles, and sizes, ranging from many-unit apartment and condominium buildings to single-family houses.
- The East Side relates closely to the University of Minnesota—most of the housing, retail, and services within this area cater to students, faculty, staff and others associated with university life.
- Centered on the intersection of 4th Street SE and 14th Avenue SE, the Dinkytown business district serves the neighborhood, campus area, and region with an eclectic mix of businesses—as it has for over 100 years. Bob Dylan slept here.
- The 9th Street Industrial area is a favorite walking destination to many and a burgeoning creative sector; the historic Ry•Krisp plant has recently been repurposed into a creative business incubator. The area supports one of the neighborhood's two bicycle network connections to the north.