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In the 1950s, John Bacich, aka Johnny Rex, filmed what he saw happening on the streets outside his Washington Avenue bar. His film, SKIDROW, documents Minneapolis' Gateway District when it was twenty square blocks of bars, flophouses, pawn shops and missions.
In 1958, the City of Minneapolis redeveloped the Gateway, demolishing over 180 businesses and evicting its 3,000 skid row residents.

 

 
         
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Down on Skid Row was produced for for public television by John Lightfoot, incorporating Johnny Rex's film with new images of the area and stories told by people who were there.
60 minutes | 1998

New: Watch Down on Skid Row at the Minnesota Video Vault

New: John Bacich's Flophouse Photographs

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