Riverside Plaza complex book seeks stories from past and present residents

The Riverside Plaza has been a part of Minneapolis's Cedar-Riverside neighborhood since 1972. At the time of its completion, the building, designed by Ralph Rapson, was hailed as a major achievement in urban revitalization. There have been some rough years for the complex since then, as well as good: It recently made the National Register of Historic Places list, and is being rehabbed using federal rehab tax credits.

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is working on publishing a book on the history of Riverside Plaza, and is looking for residents both past and present to share their experiences living there.

Over the last couple decades, the buildings have housed many new immigrants. With their history project, PAM is looking to explore and discuss the many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds of the people who have passed through as residents. The organization is looking for folks to share photos of every day or special happenings, share stories of the years spent living there, or any other bits of information that could possibly add to fleshing out the history of the space.

Got a story to share? People are welcome to reach out to the organization by contacting Chris Brown, Community Action Assistant, at 651.293.9047 or via email at [email protected].

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