I grew up in NE Minneapolis, moved away, and have been living here again for the past 8 years. The neighborhood has changed drastically over recent years. It evolved from an ethnic, working class neighborhood to the official Arts District of the city of Minneapolis. Many artists moved into the warehouses and factory areas in NE. Small, creative businesses are emerging all the time. Micro breweries are thriving here. Unique restaurants, boutiques and theaters are scattered around the area. Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association Art-A-Whirl attracts around 30-40 thousand guests for the one weekend, open studio event in May. The lower Mississippi River front is being developed by the city of Minneapolis. NE is close very close to downtown, attacks young urban families and is still an affordable neighborhood to live and raise a family. If it hadn't been for the huge economic crisis in recent years, home prices would be much higher in this area.