6 April 2016

The End of Minneapolis’s Skid Row

For the week of April 10, 2016

James Eli Shiffer discuses his new book “The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis.”

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:14) The Gateway District of Minneapolis in the 1950s; (2:02) The gandy dancers who populated Skid Row; (3:50) John Bacich, aka Johnny Rex, and how he became known as the King of Skid Row; (5:01) Bacich’s photographs and films of Skid Row before the city tore down the neighborhood; (6:50) The University of Minnesota students and teachers who documented Skid Row; (8:58) Johnny Rex’s Sour Dough bar; (10:08) The relationship Bacich had with his customers; (11:19) How the city viewed the Gateway District and their efforts to clean up Skid Row
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:22) The role alcohol played in life on Skid Row; (1:49) Skid rows in other cities; (2:43) How zoning laws in Minneapolis shaped the city and fostered organized crime; (4:38) Minneapolis’s decision to tear down 40% of downtown in the early 1960s; (6:25) What happened to the men who lived in the Gateway District; (7:31) The buildings that replaced Skid Row; (10:47) The generation divide between how people view the loss of Skid Row

    For more information on “The King of Skid Row” and up-coming reading events: http://www.upress.umn.edu