In the 1950s, John Bacich, aka Johnny
Rex, filmed what he saw happening on the streets outside his Washington
Avenue bar. His film, SKIDROW, documents Minneapolis'
Gateway District when it was twenty square blocks of bars, flophouses,
pawn shops and missions. In
1958, the City of Minneapolis redeveloped the Gateway, demolishing
over 180 businesses and evicting its 3,000 skid row residents.