Ventura Village is the wedge of a neighborhood just to the South of the 35W / 94 interstate connection from downtown Minneapolis. To the West is 35W and to the East is Hiawatha. The Southern boundary waffles between 22nd and 24th Streets East.
While the neighborhood shares the name of a former wrestler / governor, that’s coincidental.
I started my run from Park Ave S by heading East on 18th St E which parallels the 35W / 94 interchange:
18th offers some nice views of the downtown skyline due to the absence of a sound wall.
16th Ave S was my first turn, where I passed this mural that borders the 94 east to Hiawatha South exit:
Looking back on 19th St E, I passed Trinity First Lutheran Church and School:
And the Augustana Lutheran Church:
And a Project for Pride in Living Property where PPL transformed a dump into an affordable livable building:
I ran into this family at Chicago Ave S:
Who stand across from this temporary work agency:
Further East, I passed the impressively stout St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church:
Before reaching 35W where cars were lined up to make a right turn onto entrances to 35W North or 94 East:
Heading South on 5th Ave S, I passed this mosaic at Franklin Ave:
While heading back East along 22nd St E, I passed this Welcome to Phillips West sign. As I understand it, the area between the interstates, Hiawatha, and Lake St used to all be called Phillips, but it’s not made up of 4 neighborhoods: Ventura Village, Phillips East, Phillips West, and Phillips Central.
I looped past the East Phillips Park near the Franklin exit from Hiawatha:
Then passed the Holy Rosary Catholic Church:
Followed by what appears to be a Spanish speaking church I couldn’t find the name of:
Followed by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Chicago Ave S:
After Chicago is the Phillips Eye Institute
At Park Ave S is Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church:
At 5th Ave S, I heading back North to my car along the 35W sound wall. Here is an example of a classic home that pre-dates the interstate:
I imagine the neighborhood was quite different when that house was built.
At the Northern end of 5th Ave S, I discovered this dumping ground for snowplows. It’s currently in a receding glacial state where the trash intermixed with the snow is revealing itself. It makes me wonder how many plows this neighborhood gets to deal with each time it snows:
I wrapped up back at my car next to the Inner City Church of Minneapolis:
Good times in Ventura Village. It’s an interesting neighborhoods with large populations of Native American to the East and Hispanic residents throughout the rest of the neighborhood. It’s very walkable for people working downtown. But cars play a major negative role on the quality of life with major highways surrounding the area plus major commuter streets of Park, Portland, and Franklin.