Field-Regina-Northrop is a group of smaller neighborhoods put together as one. This neighborhood together has mostly small single-family houses built before 1940, with a few larger houses thrown into the mix here and there. For example, the Regina section has the largest housing complex, and one of the city's first modern townhouse projects. However, most of the houses in general consist mainly of two-bedroom, pre-1940s stucco, brick and stone houses.
The Field-Regina-Northrop area is a good spanse of land with many restaurant options, local businesses, and tons of opportunities for youth activities. The neighborhood itself and nature aspect is fantastic for biking, walking, in-line skating, and running!
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Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group
Field-Regina-Northrop was part of the first land the United States acquired in Minnesota. Up through the 1920s, the area was mostly rural when businesses started to appear. In 1975, the South Chicago Avenue Business Alliance was founded with the purpose of protecting the businesses to ensure that their funds developed and their services stayed pure.
The Field neighborhood is named for the local school, which in turn, is named for Eugene Field. He was a popular writer of children's poetry and humorous essays. The man became known as the family-loving city editor of the Gazette, and therefore the neighborhood was named after a creative man.
Northrop neighborhood and Northrop Elementary take their names from Cyrus Northrop, second president of the University of Minnesota. He was a writer as well, and stayed at the University of Minnesota from 1884 to 1911. As a writer, he published Addresses, Education and Patriotic, and encouraged the writing of the song, “Hail! Minnesota”. Received as an honorable and encouraging man, the neighborhood Northrop took up his name.
The neighborhood of Regina is named after the former Regina parochial school, which is a Catholic school focused on early childhood learning.
Green / Environmental
In 2013, Minneapolis adopted their Climate Action Plan, which put into place a comprehensive set of emission reduction strategies. These strategies cover 3 areas: Buildings and energy, Transportation and land use, Waste and recycling.
For buildings and energy, the goal is to reduce energy usage by 17%, and generate 10% of electricity from local, renewable sources. On the residential building side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "home energy audit" as part of the Truth In Housing program (TIH or TISH, Truth In Sale of Housing). This would require sellers to have an energy score when listing their house for sale. They are proposing that the TISH inspectors be trained to perform this component of the inspection process. The end result of this energy score would be a single number, for example 37 on a scale of 1 to 100. 100 would mean that the house would have virtually no energy costs.
Another part of this program is to make incentives for sellers to improve their homes energy-wise so that they can get a higher sale price due to energy efficiencies. If they don't, the buyers will at least have some knowledge about the energy efficiency of the house, making it an incentive to them to improve the house energy-wise.
Also on the residential side of things, Minneapolis is proposing a "time of rent" energy disclosure for renters. Renters currently have no way of knowing how much their utility bills will be before renting a unit. The disclosure would be mandated so that renters could compare units on energy efficiency. This would give incentives to the landlord (owners) to improve their buildings to make them more attractive to the rental market.
On the commercial side of things, some of them already have to do an energy score of sorts and disclose to purchasers. Minneapolis would like to extend that to all commercial buildings. They also have an Energy Reduction Challenge called the "Kilowatt Crackdown" to encourage commercial buildings to reduce usage.
For renewable energy, Minneapolis is trying to create policies that promote renewable energy, develop a "solar-ready" certification, and encourage "net-zero" buildings.
Making a building "solar-ready" adds virtually no cost at the time of construction, and would potentially have some value to purchasers. This would involve adding some structural supports and electrical conduit so that solar could be installed without adding structural support to the roof trusses, and/or digging in walls to add conduit. Both of these items can be added at a very low cost when in the construction phase.
What is a net-zero building? Basically net-zero means the building (or house) would generate all the energy it needs to power the building itself. This generally means that the building is super insulated so that it requires less energy to heat and cool the building, as well as solar panels to generate the energy it needs. Oftentimes this type of building uses geo-thermal heat pumps to heat and cool the building, running off solar energy. You can read more about "Net-Zero" buildings at this link.
You can read the entire action plan at the link below. Minneapolis Climate Action Plan:
Since most of the neighborhood was constructed before 1920, the house styles include Bungalows, Prairie-style, Arts and Crafts and other revival styles. If you are wanting to search for homes, or list your home for sale, click on the links below.
Market Trends in Field-Regina-Northrop MN
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McRae Park - (906 E 47th Street, 612-370-4909, website) The only park in Field-Regina-Northrop is called McRae Park. McRae Park has a baseball, football, and softball field; a basketball court and tennis court; hockey rink and broomball rink; playground; picnic area; and a wading pool.
Turtle Bread - (4762 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-7333, website) If you’re looking for delicious and unique pastries, head over to Turtle Bread. Turtle Bread was founded in 1994, with the goal of making the best tasting artisan breads in the world.
Townhall Tap - (4801 Chicago Ave S, 612-767-7307, website) Town Hall Tap is a bar where you can have fun in or outdoors. They have a vintage wall with labels of old beer brands you can view as well as hundreds of options of beer to choose from.
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