Until 1988, Block E was home to a variety of colorful Minneapolis establishments and people. And then the city of decided to bulldoze the whole block because it freaked some people out. When a city as small as Minneapolis decides to annihilate a city block, it has a profound effect on that city and the Bland that replaced it is a travesty.
It boggles the mind how people in charge are so short sighted—in fact a city council member who was responsible for the decision showed up at the Block E talk at the Hennepin History Museum and with zero shame told a room of people (who were all there to appreciate the place and shake their heads at what had been lost) what a great thing they’d done. Like, not one indication of awareness on her part that after the thirty years, history has proven what an idiotic decision it was.
While listening to her talk about razing a city block like it was totally normal, I had a lot of thoughts and feelings about how disordered our American thinking is. And I took some notes.