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Duluth neighborhood boundaries?

I was just thinking, of course Duluth itself has clearly defined boundaries, but how about all the neighborhoods within? You always kind of know about where you are, but where does say the Heights turn into Kenwood or Norton Park turn into Morgan Park, etc. Are there even really boundaries? Thoughts?

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  1. There are official boundaries. The city of Duluth has a neighborhood map PDF that isn’t great, but it is still the best I’ve seen.

    The border between Duluth Heights and Kenwood is Rice Lake Road.

    Norton Park and Morgan Park do not border each other. Smithville and Riverside separate them.

    The thing that annoys me about the city’s map is that it breaks West Duluth into seven subneighborhoods. It annoyed me so much that one day I decided to make my own map of West Duluth for personal reference, with an old road map and a marker. It’s ugly, but I find it useful in helping me rudely explain to outsiders that they are on my turf.

    I whited out the surrounding neighborhoods for my personal enjoyment.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 12, 2014 | New Comment
  2. TimK | Jan 12, 2014 | New Comment
  3. Why are you annoyed by the West Duluth sub-neighborhoods? You know, these distinctions will disappear for good as people forget them. Just like everything above Mt Royal is now considered by a large number of idiots/my lovely neighbors to be “Woodland,” so shall West Duluth be blandified. (And apparently, with your help.)

    I say Bah. BAH.

    hbh1 | Jan 13, 2014 | New Comment
  4. I used to enjoy the West Duluth subneighborhoods, until I looked closer and realized that I technically live within the borders of Cody. Screw that.

    Barrett Chase | Jan 13, 2014 | New Comment
  5. I don’t mind that the subneighborhoods exist, but they shouldn’t be broken up on the city’s map of neighborhoods that way. The West End isn’t broken up into Goat Hill, Slab Town, etc. Observation Hill isn’t separated from the Central Hillside. The map should be consistent — show subneighborhoods or don’t.

    On a separate note, West Duluth should annex Norton Park. I don’t have any reasons for that, I just want it to happen for my personal preference.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 13, 2014 | New Comment
  6. I’m glad someone brought this up, because I find these neighborhood delineations to be confusing. We used to live in Woodland, but weren’t sure where Woodland started and Hunter’s Park ended. Now we live behind the soon-to-be-forgotten Woodland Middle School. The property papers and related realty papers designated it as “Congdon.” But the city maps show it as “Chester Park,” which doesn’t make sense because we’re on the east side of Woodland, i.e. the non-UMD side. Plus our street signs designate the neighborhood as the “UMD” neighborhood, which I didn’t even know existed as a neighborhood entity.

    This is why we are declaring our little patch of land as The World of Emmadogs.

    emmadogs | Jan 13, 2014 | New Comment
  7. I grew up in Hunter’s Park and now live in Woodland, so those are my only areas of expertise. IMHO, Woodland is from St. Paul Ave and up, where the streets are named after cites in southern Minnesota. Concordia luthern church and Forest Hill Cemetery are good landmarks. Hunter’s Park is below Woodland to about St. Marie St.

    meb | Jan 13, 2014 | New Comment
  8. Does anyone else live in Endion neighborhood and get weird looks any time they are asked where they live and reply “the Endion neighborhood?” I’ve started trying to very clearly say Endion with an E, everyone seems to think I’m saying the Indian neighborhood, which gets lots of confused, “are you kinda racist?” looks until I quickly clarify. It is awkward.

    wskyline | Jan 13, 2014 | New Comment
  9. I have always found neighborhoods to be interesting until I looked up the boudaries of my newly purchased house and realized it’s Cody. I’m still going to say Denfeld.

    Skazi19 | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  10. Today I learned that Canal Park is officially recognized by the city as being the “CBD” neighborhood.

    Also, Duluth Heights appears to be growing tentacles and has an enclave within it’s tentacles. Anyone know what neighborhood that enclave is?

    Dorkus | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  11. So I have to ask Skazi19 and Barrett--what is wrong with Cody as a neighborhood? The description on Wikipedia sounds nice; it even has a creek!

    emmadogs | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  12. Dorkus, I believe the enclave you speak of belongs to the Air National Guard. So I guess that would make it the Federal Property neighborhood or something. Obviously this is an unverified guess on my part.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  13. Emmadogs, I can sum it up like this: Last summer I took a walk through Cody and noticed a yard sign that said, “No trespassing. This is not a yard sale.” Use your imagination to fill in the blanks.

    Barrett Chase | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  14. Cody can be broken into three sub-subneighborhoods: Lower Cody, Upper Cody and “by Denfeld.”

    And, of course, it should probably be mentioned where the name comes from …

    Buffalo Bill Cody, his little sister Helen, and their connection to Duluth

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  15. Some people get upset when their neighborhood is mistaken for another one. Cody residents want their neighborhood to be mistaken for another one.

    Ramos | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  16. That “No Trespassing” sign gave me a good laugh, but I can see where it would be…unpleasant…to live next door.

    That’s it, though. I’m taking a field trip to Cody.

    emmadogs | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  17. Plus, as Paul’s article states, Cody was home to a sanitorium! So that could explain a lot.

    On the other hand, it apparently did have the city’s first bathtub, so it has that going for it.

    emmadogs | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  18. They still have that bathtub. The residents take turns using it.

    Ramos | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  19. The sanitorium, and Helen Cody’s home, were not actually in Cody. They were in the neighboring Bayview Heights neighborhood.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  20. “Cody?! What the hell kind of name is Cody?!” -Dana Carvey as Regis Philbin

    -Berv | Jan 14, 2014 | New Comment
  21. There are still some Codys running around Duluth. If you grew up in the West End in the 1980s, you probably know them as well.

    Paul, your guess on the Guard base is correct. Didn’t even think of that. Though I will say that the boundaries on that map are incorrect, as the actual base is on the east side of Haines Road.

    Dorkus | Jan 15, 2014 | New Comment

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