With approval of commission, new city ward maps set for next decade

The redrawn maps will be in effect for the 2013 city elections.

With approval of commission, new city ward maps set for next decade

Nick Sudheimer

The political landscape of Minneapolis has officially changed.

The Minneapolis Charter Commission unanimously approved a new ward map Tuesday that will set the city’s political boundaries for the next 10 years.

The finalized ward map significantly changes several city wards including wards 2 and 3, which encompass the University of Minnesota community.

The neighborhoods near the University experienced some of the largest population increases in the city. The commission was tasked with making sure the city’s 13 wards have similar population levels after new census data was released.

Ward 2, represented by Cam Gordon now includes all of the Cooper neighborhood as well as most of the Longfellow neighborhood. The ward also lost some of the Cedar-Riverside and Seward neighborhoods.

Ward 3, represented by Diane Hofstede, still includes the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood but absorbed a large chunk of downtown. The ward lost the McKinley and Hawthorne neighborhoods.

The wards will be in effect for the 2013 city elections.