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the neighborhood


The Phillips West neighborhood consists of 42 Square

Blocks in South Minneapolis, bound by several major

thoroughfares: 22nd Street to the north (just south of Franklin

Avenue), Chicago Avenue to the east, Lake Street to the south & 35W

to the west (see map).

Phillips West is located within the Greater Phillips area of South Minneapolis. The Greater Phillips Community consists of four neighborhoods: Phillips West, Ventura Village, Midtown Phillips & East Phillips. Greater Phillips is bounded by 94 on the north, Hiawatha on the east, Lake Street on the south & 35W on the west. 

Phillips West is characterized by a mix of small residential structures, larger residential towers, and several major institutions. Phillips West residents are majority renter, people of color, and low to medium income. The majority of residents speak a language other than or in addition to English. There are many young families as well as a high percentage of

elders, many of whom live in the Ebenezer campus. There are also a number of social service-oriented organizations in the neighborhood, many of which offer a residential component and focus on addiction recovery and/or supportive housing.

You can read more about the demographics of Phillips West on


neighborhood assets


public space

Neighbors have easy access to Peavey Park, located just north of Phillips West,

as well as The Midtown Greenway which runs east-west directly through the neighborhood's center.

Neighbors and visitors are also welcome in the Phillips West Community Garden, a community space open to all!


business & institutions

Phillips West is the site of many major institutions including the American Swedish Institute, the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Campus, the Ebenezer Minneapolis Campus, the Phillips Eye Institute, Open Eye Theater, Urban Ventures, Saint Mary's University, Lutheran Social Services Center for Changing Lives, Christo Rey Jesuit High School, Hope Academy, Augsburg Fairview Academy, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Childrens Minnesota Medical Center, and several religious congregations. In addition, Phillips West is home to numerous small businesses, particularly along Lake Street. 

(Note: interested in helping PWNO compile a neighborhood business and resource directory? Email to get connected to this emerging project!)


In addition to existing assets, neighbors recognize that Phillips West faces a lack of public green space, grocery stores, and spaces for gathering. The Phillips West Community Garden is one small piece of addressing this neighborhood need! (Got ideas for increasing our neighborhood access to public open space? Reach out!)

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