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#TBT: The University on the River

September 15, 2016Patrick NunnallyThrowback ThursdayComments Off on #TBT: The University on the River

The last post here talked about the river as part of the University of Minnesota’s Strategic Plan, so it seems appropriate to put up some “then and now” images of the University campus on the river.


This image, made in 1955, shows what is now the East Bank campus to the lower right and the river separating the campus from what is at this point still an industrial and residential section of Minneapolis.


Fast forward 58 years, to 2013, and the scene has changed completely.  Obviously, the floodplain has become green open space, and the campus has jumped the river onto the west bank.

What other changes are here, and what, if anything do they say about the changing meaning of the river to the city? to the university?

Sometimes I just can’t help myself–I’m a teacher at heart.  Responses to the images are welcome, of course, and I want to thank the Minneapolis park and Recreation Board for the images.

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