The Holland Neighborhood is located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. The boundaries are: 27th Avenue on the North, Central Avenue on the East, 19th Avenue to Washington street with a jog to 17th Avenue on the South and University Avenue to the West.
The Holland neighborhood in northeast Minneapolis historically has been a working class enclave. It was a popular destination for Eastern Europeans who migrated shortly after the turn of the century.
The Shoreham Railyards on the northern border of Holland attracted many workers who made Holland their home.
In 2000 Holland had 4,381 residents (see “General Demographic Characteristics”) living in the neighborhood. While the majority of residents in Holland are white, other racial and ethnic groups have been increasing and are a significant if not majority population among other stakeholder categories such as students and business owners. The median household income in Holland at $20,405 is significantly under the Minneapolis Median income.
The Neighborhood covers 66 blocks and is mostly residential. As recorded in the “General Demographic Characteristics”, Holland has 1978 total housing units. Over 75% of the homes were built before 1920 with around 40% of the units being renter occupied. Though a couple of high-rise apartments are on Holland’s borders, Holland’s rental units are mostly duplexes and fourplexes with some multi-unit dwellings.
Holland Neighborhood’s main commercial/retail area is Central Avenue followed by Lowry Avenue and University Avenue. The latter have many “corner store” operations and some of these can still be found scattered through out the neighborhood. The mix of businesses is diverse range: professional services, pubs, bakeries, art space, convenience stores, auto related businesses, social associations and restaurants are some examples. A major rail-line cuts through the neighborhood and areas immediately adjacent to these tracks have some light industrial activity along with vacant buildings and land.
Jackson Square is Holland’s only city park, and is now one of the nicest. It is one square block packed with new play equipment – unique to the City of Minneapolis, a rebuilt wading pool with a ‘bubbler’ feature, and a new facilities building. Over the last two years more than twenty new trees have been planted including a birch grove along the side of the pool. In the summer, Park & Rec staff are on-site and offer some programming – arts and crafts, etc. There is a small YMCA with after school drop-in activities for youth and several recreational programs during the summer months. There is a Minneapolis library on Central Avenue and Holland is home to Edison Senior High School.