A Glimpse into the 1980s Minneapolis through these Fascinating Photos of Street Scenes and Life

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.

#22 Old gas station at 3rd Avenue and 10th Street, Downtown Minneapolis. Piper Jaffray Tower under construction, 1983

#39 I-494 twilight, the Bloomington Strip. Minnesota Center UC at right, crane for 8400 Normandale visible in center background, fall 1986

#41 Nicollet Mall, during construction of The Conservatory (Upscale Retail Mall), Minneapolis, July-August 1986

#49 7th Street and 3rd Avenue S, looking at construction site for US Bank Place (now Capella Tower or 225 S 6th St), Minneapolis, October 1989

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