Ever wonder why it’s so hard to get a mixed drink south of Lake Street in Minneapolis? We can thank the historic “patrol limits,” which were incorporated into the city charter in the 1880s. The ordinance required bars and liquor stores to be concentrated in select parts of town, with the rationale that police could more easily control liquor-fueled crime if all of these types of businesses were in one place. The city’s largest liquor zone was the Gateway district on the banks of the Mississippi River. Another was the “Hub of Hell”—shown on this map at the intersection of 27th Avenue and 25th Street.
This map delineates the liquor patrol districts in 1935, about 18 months after Prohibition was rescinded. It also shows the 37 establishments allowed to serve liquor outside of the districts. This group includes legendary institutions like the Nankin Cafe and the Curtis Hotel; it also includes highly selective locales like the Minneapolis Club and the Minneapolis Athletic Club, which were renowned for barring anyone who did not belong to the city’s Yankee elite. City voters were being asked to determine whether these outliers could continue to serve liquor. Voters must have approved this request, as a defeat would have provoked a revolt of the well-heeled. The first families of Minneapolis would not have ventured into the increasingly seedy Gateway for their daily cocktail. The liquor patrol limits were rescinded in 1974, though it is still difficult in Minneapolis to get a liquor license or serve liquor outside of these historic limits.
(image and text via The Historyapolis Project Facebook page)
Ack! Well, come drink beer and wine AND NOTHING ELSE at an establishment south of Lake Street tonight, everybody.
Neighborhood drinking establishments of any kind are hard to find to the south of Lake. I think neighbors would know each other better if they had more of these. Longfellow’s benefitted a ton from the Riverview Wine Bar, Harriet Brewing, Merlin’s Rest, and the new Blue Door Pub, which all bring in a solid share of customers from within walking/biking distance.
I’ve also wondered how much Prohibition factors into this. Most of South Minneapolis was developed in the 20s, where each neighborhood had a corner store, but not a bar. This is very different than the older communities of NE Mpls, St Paul’s East Side, and even Seward
Andy Sturdevant: Since all of our freeways point directly to the downtown central business core, you have five different approaches of the Minneapolis skyline from automobile to consider. A pet argument I’ve had with many friends over the years has been about which approach is the best view of the city. Which best shows off the skyline?
"Hey, look at that. Twin Cities. That’s the IDS Building, the big glass one. Tallest skyscraper in the Midwest — after the uh, Sears, in, uh, Chicago, or John Hancock Building, whatever. You ever been to Minneapolis?" — Carl Showalter, "Fargo" (1996).
My favorite, from the north on 35W. I went to college in Duluth, and I missed Minneapolis every day. So every time I’d drive home, and see the skyline after driving for 2 hours, I’d immediately feel better and know that I was home.
I think we were at about 7,000 ft elevation for a 5.5 mile hike. Incredible. (at Mount Rainier National Park)
First row seats for the end of the game (at Safeco Field)
#mntwins in Seattle (at Safeco Field)
GPOYW via Jack Barakat
Minnehaha Falls, April 8, 1917
Customers Flee Wal-Mart Empty Shelves for Target, Costco -
This article drove me to apoplexy.
The best big box store is no big box store. Imagine how much better the Hiawatha & Lake would be if there were businesses that served LRT travelers with residential units above them rather than a huge Target store with a parking lot and delivery docks taking up 2-3 more acreage than the store itself. That store and stores like it - regardless of brand - are not assets to their communities.
I have no problem with Target/Cub/Rainbow at that intersection, but how awesome would it be if the Target was like the one downtown, a two story store with no parking lot. And instead of Cub AND Rainbow, just one with a smaller parking lot. For me, the problem isn’t the big box store, it’s the big box store parking lot!
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