Friday, July 26, 2013

Down on Skid Row

"In the 1950s, John Bacich, aka Johnny Rex, filmed what he saw happening on the streets outside his Washington Avenue bar. His film, SKIDROW, documents Minneapolis' Gateway District when it was twenty square blocks of bars, flophouses, pawn shops and missions. In 1958, the City of Minneapolis redeveloped the Gateway, demolishing over 180 businesses and evicting its 3,000 skid row residents."

(Taken from

This is an incredible account of what this part of Minneapolis was like at the time!

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