Traditionally, on Photo Friday, I provide the photo and you provide the explanation. So here's a 1957 aerial photo of Southdale mall. Discuss.
Oh, all right. I'll provide a little more info. I know you all can identify the newly opened Southdale at the center of the photo, but you may not recognize the area south of the mall. Instead of the Galleria, you'll see the round Southdale Ford building, Gabbert's Furniture with the rounded arches on the roof, and at the bottom, the gravel pits. In this era when the auto was king, I see at least three gas stations and I think the Good Year tire store is at the upper right. What else do you see... or not see, as the case may be, since much of the area around the mall is still vacant.
To compare to the present day, here's the Earth view provided by Google Maps.
Okay, NOW you can discuss. Please comment here with your memories or insights about the Southdale area, then and now.
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