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Minneapolis Riverfront Redevelopment Oral History Project: Interview with John Chaffee
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: John Chaffee was a landscape surveyor, renovator, and longtime Nicollet Island resident at the time of the interview. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Building-by-building description of the Hennepin Avenue commercial district on Nicollet Island; early urban renewal plans to clear the island and the formation of the Project Area Committee which lobbied for renovating the houses. He also discusses early renovation efforts, the development of the regional park and infusion of Metropolitan Council open space money, the battle between the Minneapolis Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board over the island's future, which was resolved in 1983 with the idea of a ground lease. John Chaffee moved to Nicollet Island around 1970 and became involved in the efforts to renovate the island’s historic houses, both as an activist (he chaired the Urban Renewal District Project Area Committee off and on from 1980 to 1999), and as a contractor with the neighborhood-based redevelopment corporation. He describes the slow but successful process of renovating the buildings.
1.5 hours sound disc
24 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
90 minutes length
Interviewer: Mack, Linda
Interviewee: Chaffee, John
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 117 (Library Call Number)
AV2009.52.5 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minneapolis Riverfront Redevelopment Oral History Project'