Then & Now: Cedar and 5th

More photos from the Borchert Aerial Map Archive at the University of Minnesota, this one a bit closer to the actual archive itself.

The West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis fascinates me because you can find so many different eras of the city juxtaposed with each other.

Here’s one of those: the old intersection of 5th Street and Cedar Avenue, which disappeared and then re-appeared.




You can see, when the Heller-inspired plans were put into place in the 70s, they removed part of the street grid, closing off 5th, making 18th into a pedestrian-only “street.”

I particularly like this example because of the block where 5th ought to intersect with Cedar, the site of the old Dania Hall, is still a major walking thoroughfare for the neighborhood. You can see this in the wintertime, as “desire paths” trace themselves through the snow.





[These are all from a few years ago, obviously.]

PS. The site of the bocce courts next to the Nomad Pub was actually where a huge concrete staircase descended for a pedestrian overpass from the Riverside Plaza. I’ve seen photos of this ped bridge in the late Judith Martin’s book on the subject, but haven’t found any online. It was torn down sometime in the 80s because it was horrible and blotted out the sun. Now people cross Cedar willy-nilly. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

5 Responses to Then & Now: Cedar and 5th

  1. Lincoln November 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    The pedestrian overpass is partially visible in the photo of Dania Hall from the Local Current article you linked to that it says is from 1992, so it was torn down later than the 80’s.×744.jpg

    The walk stoplight there is quite a joke.

  2. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke November 29, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    you’re right! there it is.

  3. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke November 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    jeebus. that’s gotta be the worst skyway in the history of the upper midwest. i’d think any one of us could go into palmers and find out exactly when it was taken down…

  4. Marcus December 1, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    I think you could do a whole podcast (hint,hint) on
    the history of Cedar/Riverside and another one on it’s future. That area fascinates me too. Wish I had a Deloren to travel back to the 60’s/70’s to see the Hiaght/ Ashbury of the Midwest.

    Also that “skyway” doesn’t look that bad IMO. At they *tried* to fit the neighborhood instead of a concrete bunker like some of the ones DT

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