Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s

Downtown Minneapolis in the s Dayton s was in its prime the new Nicollet Mall was full of people the Foshay Tower was still king and the IDS Center was beginning its rise Bustling sidewalks teamed with shoppers and businessmen

  • Title: Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s
  • Author: Mike Evangelist Andy Sturdevant
  • ISBN: 9780873519922
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dayton s was in its prime, the new Nicollet Mall was full of people, the Foshay Tower was still king, and the IDS Center was beginning its rise Bustling sidewalks teamed with shoppers and businessmen, young and old, no matter what the weather, because the skyway system was just being born Downtown Minneapolis in the early 1970s was a scene Mike Evangelist, a seventeen yDayton s was in its prime, the new Nicollet Mall was full of people, the Foshay Tower was still king, and the IDS Center was beginning its rise Bustling sidewalks teamed with shoppers and businessmen, young and old, no matter what the weather, because the skyway system was just being born Downtown Minneapolis in the early 1970s was a scene Mike Evangelist, a seventeen year old from the suburbs, found everything about the city to be amazing This introvert with a camera turned his lens to the scenes around him young women hitching a ride, a disabled vet selling pencils, stylish shoppers strolling Nicollet Mall, once grand movie houses on Hennepin Avenue capturing a vibrant and rapidly changing city Forty years later, he has unearthed this trove of images that vividly reflect a memorable time in Minneapolis Writer and artist Andy Sturdevant, who has been called the preeminent wit, flaneur, and psycho historian of the Twin Cities, explores these streets as a congenial companion, commenting with a sharp eye and thoughtful insights Do you miss the seventies Did you miss the seventies Downtown takes you there Mike Evangelist is an enthusiastic photographer and marketing executive specializing in high technology products Andy Sturdevant, an artist, writer, and arts administrator, writes about art, history, and culture for a variety of Twin Cities based publications and websites.

    One thought on “Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s”

    1. Truly a photography book - virtually no text - and an enjoyable glance at historical Minneapolis. Working and living downtown, I can recognize some things in the photos, but a lot is completely different - particularly along Nicollet. A lot of the urban fabric along Hennepin is still extant (except Block E of course). Fun way to spend an hour or two.

    2. Nostalgia trip for me. I moved to Minneapolis midway through the period covered by Evangelist's photos. The photo inside the cover shows "Clockwork Orange" at the World Theater. I saw it there at about the same time the photo was taken. Three of us had to take three separate seats scattered around the audience.

    3. This is what I'd call a "coffee table" book full of lots of photos. I didn't grow up in Minneapolis but it was interesting to see what it looked like in the '70s. The text gives additional insight into what it was like in downtown at that time.

    4. Amazing photos of Downtown Minneapolis in the 1970s. The photos transport you back in time. Great photos and wonderful narrative.

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