Minneapolis ECCO Neighborhood
East Calhoun is situated in the Calhoun-Isle community in the city of Minneapolis and a part of the Uptown Area. It is bordered on the south by 36th Street and on the north by Lake Street. The western extent of the neighborhood is Calhoun Parkway, running to the east to the Hennepin Avenue.
One of the most popular attractions of Minneapolis is Lake Calhoun which is at the western border of the neighborhood. A wide array of amenities can be found in and around the neighborhood including restaurants, shops, movie theaters, night clubs, grocery stores and coffee shops. The housing mix in the neighborhood includes duplexes, apartment buildings and single family homes that were mostly built around the turn of the twentieth century.
Lake Calhoun is one of Minneapolis’ most popular lakes. Part of the Chain of Links, it was connected to the Lake of the Isles in 1911 by a canal and on the same year, there was a boathouse established on the lake shore.
The average size of household in the neighborhood was lower than the average of the citywide between the years 1980 and 2000. It remained at an average of two persons per household at this period of time. The average household size of the city between the 1980 and 1990 was 2.2 and it increased then to 2.3 per household in the year 2000.
The household composition of East Calhoun was substantially changed between the 1980 and 2000. The two types of household which increased at this time were those with people living together but are not related to one another had a 34% increase and those with people living alone and under the age of 65 had a 16% increase. The biggest decrease in the type of household was with individuals living alone and over the age of 65.
Family households composed the largest percentage of households in the year 1980 but the percentage reduced to 31% from 39%. There were more households of individuals living alone than family households in 2000.
The percentage of vacant housing units in the neighborhood was 2% in 1980 but it increased to 4% in 1990 and decreased into its lowest level in 2000 of 1%. The percentage of housing units in East Calhoun occupied by owners and not renters was 36% in 1980 and 1990 and increased in 2000 to 38%.
The neighborhood has been a center of environmental activities and has been renowned for its environmental fortitude. East Calhoun was one of the first of all the neighborhoods in the greater Minneapolis area to implement recycling organic waste which is a comparatively new solution to waste management and was used as a model of successful organics recycling.
It also pioneered programs like Waste Watchers which is an organics and recycling program intended to raise awareness and strengthen ties to the community for the purpose of reducing waste and the TOLBY or Turn Off Lights Behind You program with a goal to help children and families remember to turn their lights off in unoccupied rooms in their homes to reduce the consumption of energy.
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