View the history at “https://z.umn.edu/historyof35W“
By exploring the history of 35W in South Minneapolis this visual Story Map guides you through the city’s process of building the freeway, the disastrous effects of construction on the surrounding neighborhoods, the impacts and long term effects still felt today, and concludes by encouraging you to submit a creative response to the history. Creative responses can be a drawing, a poem, a shared personal story, or whatever you feel interested in sharing – no prior artistic experience is required and all skill levels are encouraged.
Through this project we can begin to examine the history of the built environments around us, as well as imagine not only what a freeway gives through convenience, but takes away from community and neighborhoods. This project pushes back against the idea that there was no community opposition to 35W, that no one has been impacted, and that the city’s initial assessment of “no functional neighborhood” in the freeway corridor was, and is, absolutely false.