About the Near Southside
The present day Near Southside neighborhood (NSS) of Grand Forks is made up of the area within the Mayor’s Urban Neighborhood Initiative (MUNI), and the Near Southside Historic District as designated by the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 (see map). The NSS is nestled against the Grand Forks Downtown District and the Greater Grand Forks Greenway and stretches along tree-lined residential streets.
The people of the NSS exhibit the same vibrant energy today as when the neighborhood was founded. As the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission notes “from the 1870s to the present, architects, politicians, journalists, entrepreneurs, financiers, philanthropists, educators, and laborers” have made their homes in the NSS. Today the NSS is also home to artists, young professionals, singletons, families, and retirees.
Within minutes of the entertainment, restaurants, shopping, theatre, and art galleries of the Greater Grand Forks Downtown District, the NSS houses preschools, an elementary school, several parks, including a skate park, access points to the Greater Grand Forks Greenway, some of the oldest churches in Grand Forks, B’nai Israel Synagogue - the only synagogue in the city, beautiful old homes, apartments, newly constructed homes, a co-op garden, a Civil War monument, two Neighborhood Network Learning Centers, the Grand Forks Senior Center, and the Grand Forks Police Station.