GIF of the Day: Hennepin-Lyndale Bottleneck Through the Years

Reconstruction of Minneapolis’ Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck has begun. There will be traffic tweaks and some much needed bike/pedestrian improvements, but this reconstruction won’t be a radical makeover of the kind Scott Shaffer proposed over a year ago. Scott suggested we “drop the spaghetti bowl” (a “mess of undulating streets and arcing flyover ramps to and from the freeway, and wide swaths of dirty, grassy land between and underneath them”) and fill it in with businesses, homes, and people.

There was such a time, before the spaghetti bowl, and I have GIF’d it (using maps from this archive).

animated gif of hennepin lyndale bottleneck through the years

For those susceptible to GIF-induced seizures:

Hennepin Lyndale Bottleneck 1938-2015

They didn’t have spaghetti bowls or GIFs back in 1938.