I gave this presentation to the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA) Annual Meeting in May 2014. Several people requested that it be made available to the general public, so I have created this brief overview for Streets.MN in anticipation of a Hennepin-Lyndale Reconstruction Project Open House Monday August 4th, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Walker Art Center. Special thanks to the Minnesota Historical Society, Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association, Citizens for a Loring Park Community, area volunteers and designers, and countless professors and community ‘storytellers’ I’ve encountered over the years to put some semblance of a history of the corridor together. But I’m no historian–this is merely a volunteer’s effort to provide some historical context to and vision for the commons. The specifics of the Hennepin-Lyndale Reconstruction Project were covered by my co-presenter, the project consultant Jessica Laabs with Kimley-Horn. I hope to see you at the open house!