Meet the Andersons

Tell Us About Your Family

We are a former “professional” family…Peggy a retired High School teacher and Mike a retired Toro executive…who decided to move downtown when we became empty nesters in 1998. After looking around for a couple years, we moved into one of the early riverside townhouse developments in Spring 2001.

What first drew you to living downtown?

We are walkers, loved the idea of being able to walk to just about everything we wanted to see or do. Being on the Mississippi is a lovely bonus, as we have the best of both worlds, downtown to our south, Nicollet Island with its various park areas to the north.

Why do you choose to stay here?

We cannot imagine being happier in any other part of the city, We love our diverse neighborhood and the new Fourth Avenue Playground across the street from us is such a gem. We have watched the development of the North Loop, beginning with the various restaurants and shops and culminating in the opening of Target Field.

What is your favorite thing about living downtown?

Aside from being able to walk anywhere, living in such a vibrant place is probably our favorite.

What is your least favorite thing about living downtown?

We could use more green space, more beautiful streets with more trees and flowers along our sidewalks.

What would make living downtown even better?

Fewer cars, though that is unrealistic, maybe a couple more streetlights to help with pedestrian traffic, and certainly, more green.

What is your favorite family activity here?

Walking the Grand Rounds route in both sides of the Mississippi, going to the Playground on 4th, walking to a Twins game or a play at the Guthrie — take your pick!

Do you have a favorite family-friendly business (restaurant, coffee shop, store, etc.)?

Moose and Sadie’s, D’lish (very dog friendly), the Monte Carlo.

What advice would you give to someone who may be considering becoming a “downtown family?”

Check out the schools and come down on a trial basis for a week’s stay to get a good feel for what it’s like.

How long have you lived downtown?

5 years +