Minneapolis Riverfront Redevelopment Oral History Project: Interview with John Chaffee

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Titles Minneapolis Riverfront Redevelopment Oral History Project: Interview with John Chaffee
Description 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.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound disc
24 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewer: Mack, Linda
Interviewee: Chaffee, John
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/21/2008
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 117.5 (Library Call Number)
AV2009.52.5 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Collection Finding Aid
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minneapolis Riverfront Redevelopment Oral History Project'


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