1939 Mpls Average Rents Map Cu

Map Monday: Minneapolis Average Rents, 1934

Here’s a cool map I recently found from a 1939 Federal FHA report called The Structure and Growth of Residential Neighborhoods in American Cities. It’s very old-school urban geography, but has a bunch of cool maps including this one:

1939 Mpls Average Rents Map

Here’s part of the text, describing the rent trends in 30s Minneapolis vs. New York City:

The growth of high rent neighborhoods continues in the same direction for a long period of time. — in New York City, the march of the fashionable areas continued up Fifth Avenue from Washington Square to Central Park for over a century. The high grade neighborhoods in Chicago moved south, west, and north from their starting points… In Miami, Fla., Minneapolis, Minn., Seattle Wash…. and many other cities, this same continuous outward movement of high rent areas has been maintained for long periods of time. (118)

Check out the entire book, a true relic of the “redlining” era, if you are bored or historically inclined.



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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.