In 2013, I published a photo essay of Minneapolis that showed how foreign and non-white huge swathes of the city had become. Recently, I visited the city for the first time since the riots in 2020, and went back to Lake Street, a major road and the site of most of my 2013 photos. Things have gotten worse.
Nine years ago, Lake Street was alien. The BLM riots hit this part of town very hard, so today, it’s both alien and “bombed out.” There are many vacant lots and boarded-up or destroyed stores.
Some stores still have boarded-up windows, but post large signs to assure the public they’re open. Otherwise, customers might walk right by this Goodyear Tire store:
Other stores have changed what they sell. This notice is on the front door of the Target that was looted and destroyed in 2020.
Unlike nine years ago, there is now trash everywhere.
There used to be a lot of graffiti on Lake Street. Now, there’s even more.
Here are two city workers cleaning spray paint off a historical marker:
The stores are still largely alien, mostly Hispanic but also African.
Like all dangerous multiracial areas, Lake Street has many murals celebrating multiculturalism.
Sometimes, it’s unclear if something is graffiti or a commissioned mural:
Some murals are confusing. The reason for the focus on smartphones in these paintings is unclear to me:
Sometimes, it’s hard to identify who the subjects of a mural are. Here, the three people in the foreground are identified, but nobody else.
This large mural pairs various non-white groups with an animal.
Despite all the crime and chaos, the area remains as leftist as ever:
Lake Street has never had a shortage of panhandling and often intoxicated American Indians. It’s also the location of the Division of Indian Work, an organization that seeks “to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development.”
This mural covers the lower portion of the organization’s large building:
This is what dispossession looks like. This is the end of white America.