South Minneapolis: an ethnic community profile

Mural

In home page on April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Do not hate nor like me, but are confused by who I am. I am neither white nor black or any other minority or majority. I am part of no single race, but part of many other races. But the thing they have proved, is that they really don’t want me, but they have me. But they don’t realize I am the child of the future.

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Bustling thoroughfare to boarded up business

In home page on February 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Local business manager, Julie Ingebretsen, whose family’s Scandinavian marketplace, Ingebretsen’s, has been on East Lake Street since 1921 said the community’s progressive downturn started in the 1960s when the city built highway 35W without access to Lake Street in two directions.  After this happened, gradually businesses started leaving the inner city and going to the suburbs where land was cheaper and more people began shopping out there as well.  “They started leaving streets like this one in the dust,” Ingebretsen said.  At that time, a good portion of Lake Street was dedicated to car dealerships, and when they all left, there was not much to replace them.  “There was a lot of emptiness,” she said.

“Those of us who were left decided it was time to stop that”.

Changing faces: Latinos to Lake

In home page on February 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

While the “Golden Years” of Lake Street may have included cruising in muscle cars, going to theaters like the Vogue and Avalon, and warming up in the Sears department store entryway after a day of sledding in the park, today, a much different feel and company awaits. Now, bright colors and expansive murals are a mainstay. Piñatas hang just inside store windows and advertisements for Mexican beer cling to bus stops. “Se habla español” is displayed near almost every building entrance, and it is easier to find a restaurant selling tacos and Jarritos than burgers and fries. Historically a place of ethnic activity, East Lake has adapted once again, this time shaped in large part by the presence of south Minneapolis’ newest immigrant group – Latinos.


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