During the 1980s, Minneapolis went through a significant transformation. The Lake Harriet Band Shell was rebuilt in 1985, and the remaining portion of Interstate 94, from U.S. Highway 12 to the city’s northern boundary, was completed in 1982. The Multifoods Tower was also completed in 1988. Formerly home to the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was built in 1982 and demolished in 2014. A notorious area of Minneapolis known as Block-E, filled with bars and beggars, was notorious in the 1980s. Despite the recent transformation of the city block into The Mayo Clinic Square, a medical center is specializing in sports injuries, the memories of Block-E’s past remain.
In the 1980s, Minneapolis became a major player in pop music. The city’s first hit, “Funkytown” (1980), by Lipps Inc. on Casablanca Records, was one of disco’s last high moments. During the 1980s, it served as a blueprint for Minneapolis’ musical success
These fascinating photos by Todd Jacobson will take you back to the 1980s Minneapolis.