There’s a charming little patch of Queen Anne style houses on 2nd ave. and 31st st. in South Minneapolis. For awhile now there’s been a proliferation of yard signs there opposing a freeway expansion. If you’re wondering whether you’ve been transported back to 1965; nope, this is somehow currently happening.
This is what the neighborhood looked like in 1936:
(Photo from the Minnesota Historical Society)
It’s sad to think that further insult to this already besieged street is even a serious discussion. On the other hand, the damage has more or less been done, so a few extra feet of freeway breadth feels like a couple grains of salt in a gaping wound. You know things are already pretty bad when Google collects its streetview data for your street at night.