Bridge Square, the Gateway, Boom Island, Nicollet Island, & the North Loop Professional Review and Guide
"Minneapolis was born on the shores of the then-murky Mississippi River. Bridge Square and the Gateway District were the original housing and government centers of the hardworking city in the 19th century. In the early years of the Mill City, lumbering was the main source of wealth, and Boom Island was where the branded logs were sorted. The Gateway was then the locus of the city, where Hennepin Ave. and Nicollet Ave. converged, with Bridge Square at the south side of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Nicollet Island remained a blighted industrial area until the 1960s, and Basset Creek in the 1850s was the site for at least seven sawmills. Until the 1950s, the area was an industrial warehouse district. In the past few decades, the area has been transformed. First came the arts organizations, restaurants, nightclubs, and coffee shops. Then came the renovated and newly constructed condos, lofts, and townhomes to form the residential North Loop that we see today. Nicollet Island is now a place where nature and beautifully restored Victorian homes exist within walking distance from downtown, while the Gateway and Bridge Square areas have long since been incorporated into downtown’s business and residential district."