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A reader fondly remembers Minneapolis' Skid Row

"Gin mills, seedy hotels, save-a-soul missions, and cheap restaurants."

"Gin mills, seedy hotels, save-a-soul missions, and cheap restaurants."

Reader Douglas C. Snure responds to The King of Skid Row revisits Minneapolis' seedy underside:

"Skid Row actually existed long before the 1950s-1960s. My brother and friends often walked downtown from Southeast Minneapolis when we were 8-12 or so. This would have been in the 1940s.

"We either crossed the Washington Avenue bridge and traversed the mini-skid row at Seven Corners, or followed the river to Hennepin and crossed there coming into town by the Great Northern Depot. Either route traversed those areas of gin mills, seedy hotels, save-a-soul missions, and cheap restaurants.

"I was off in the Navy from 1952-1955, but returned to attend the University of Minnesota. As a poor student on the GI Bill, I shopped at Morries in the area for my better ware. Following graduation in 1959, I again left the area.

"I totally missed the destruction and rebuild of these areas. I also kind of miss the notoriety of our skid row."