Milwaukee Avenue: Community Renewal in Minneapolis by Bob Roscoe

September 6, 2014 - 4:00pm

Bob Roscoe presents Milwaukee Avenue: Community Renewal in Minneapolis

In the 1970s, a politically savvy and hardworking neighborhood organization, the Seward West Project Area Committee (PAC), outmaneuvered a public agency's renewal plan to demolish approximately 70 percent of a historic neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Demolition would have included all the houses on Milwaukee Avenue, a half-hidden, very narrow two-block-long street flanked by small brick houses. Built in the 1880s, many of these houses were the very first homes in Minneapolis. "Milwaukee Avenue "offers a unique presentation of determined citizens saving their neighborhood in a decade that changed history.

Robert Roscoe has over thirty-five years of architectural office experience. His education includes a bachelor of arts degree in art history and five years at the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. He was a partner in the architectural firm Roark, Kramer & Roscoe Design for fifteen years and has also served for twenty-one years on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission.