Minneapolis CARAG Neighborhood
The CARAG which stands for Calhoun Area Residents Action Group is bounded by 36th Street and Lake Street to the south and north and Lyndale Avenue and Hennepin Avenue to east and west. It is in the center of Uptown and near Lake Calhoun.
CARAG is a well established neighborhood with 75 percent of its homes constructed before 1920. It is also home to a strong mix of small and large apartment buildings, family homes, a park, retail businesses and service as well as a synagogue and four churches. It is where the Bryant Square Park is located. The park is situated in Bryant Avenue, a block south of Lake Street and was called the Eighth Ward Park until it was renamed in 1907 after Willing Cullen Bryant who is a journalist and poet.
CARAG is an exciting and distinctive neighborhood in the city located just a few minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Chain of Lakes in the city including Lake Calhoun that is only within walking distance. It is very popular because part of the community sits within the trendy Lyn Lake and Uptown business nodes which provide residents and visitors alike various opportunities to shop and eat at unique establishments and even visit theater and art spaces.
Most of the homes in the neighborhood were constructed before the World War II in a variety of styles including Arts and Crafts, Four Squares and other styles of the revival period. It also has a mix of multi-unit properties which are available for sale and for rent including duplexes, low-rise townhouse style buildings, new construction and historic apartment buildings.
CARAG is home to Emily O. Goodridge-Grey Accelerated School. The public facilities offered by the neighborhood include the Bryant Square Park and Bryant Square Recreation Center. The former is a great destination to cool off in the summer with its wading pool and warm up during winter with ice skating or a hockey game. POPS which is a small amphitheatre situated in a natural hillside south of the recreation center. The Bryant Square Recreation Center provides recreation opportunities throughout the year for people of all ages.
There are home improvement programs in the neighborhood namely Historic Preservation Loan Program, and 1:3 Matching Deferred Loan Program. The neighborhood is not taking new applications for such programs.
The residents get involved in various organizations and associations in the neighborhood. They include the Lyn-Lake Business Association which exists to improve business relationships and activities in Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue area of South Minneapolis. The Uptown Association is non-profit trade promoting Uptown as a prosperous, safe, attractive, accessible, environmentally responsible and well maintained residential and commercial area. The official organization of the neighborhood is Calhoun Area Residents Action Group which offers various opportunities for the residents to get involved in the life of the community.
CARAG is one of the best neighborhoods in the city of Minneapolis and has always something new and exciting to offer not only to the locals but to the visitors as well.
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