Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Warehouse District

Minneapolis, 1972

When I moved in on the northern edge of Minneapolis' warehouse district, the district itself was starting to be redeveloped. These streets used to bustle with hundreds of workers and, if you went back far enough, teams of horses. There was still meat-packing done in these old buildings in 1972, but they would soon be demolished, the land ultimately used for huge parking ramps for the Targetâ„¢ Center Arena.

In 1934 these streets were the battleground in a bitter labor dispute that shaped Minnesota politics for years to come.

By Professor Batty


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