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By | November 13, 2020

Ray Harris here. Yes, that Ray Harris. I’ve been around for a looooong time — Going on 92 years. I’ve been busy – as a writer, a cowboy, a beach bum, a Korean war army vet, a Stanford university graduate and author, a real estate developer and consultant, and a person deeply interested  in people… Read More »

Uptown and Calhoun Square

By | February 16, 2021

In writing about Minneapolis I have so many stories surging around in my noggin that, so far, I have been providing random stories about our city. However, there is usually a connection, a relationship between most of which happens/happened. This is true about the Uptown Story. The stories in this blog will connect history, the… Read More »

Liquor Patrol Limits Law

By | February 15, 2021

Prior to 1975 most of the City of Minneapolis was “dry”. Persons desirous of an alcoholic drink with their dinner were restricted to restaurants in Downtown Minneapolis – as defined by an arbitrarily determined boundary titled The Liquor Patrol Limits. When and how The Liquor Patrol Limits originated happened prior to my presence on the… Read More »

What Happened at Calhoun Square and by Whom

By | February 8, 2021

Calhoun Square was considered the BEST project ever proposed for the City of Minneapolis by the proponents! The opponents considered Calhoun Square the WORST project ever proposed for the City of Minneapolis. The proponents and opponents heatedly argued the merits of this development for five years. Who were they and why? As I remember: The… Read More »

The Calhoun Square Planning and Development Process

By | February 8, 2021

A five year saga dominated by controversy and national interest rates of 18 percent. Developer Selection Five serious proposals were submitted to the Minneapolis School Board and Minneapolis Planning Department: A Free Parking lot – proposed by members of the Business Community. A Community Center – proposed by members of the Resident Associations. A Greek… Read More »

Streetcars – The Yellow Banana

By | January 19, 2021

In the good old days almost everyone rode the streetcar – to and from everywhere! Seniors grabbed the rail and pulled themselves up into the car. Teenagers hopped on quickly. In those pre ADA days there weren’t any accommodations for the handicapped. Night or day rain or snow, streetcars were the form of transportation –… Read More »

Withdrawals from My Memory Bank

By | January 12, 2021

I don’t pretend to understand the new language that has evolved in the most recent decades – “browser, download, Facebook, Instagram, the Cloud etc. etc.” However, my memory is filled with relics from the past – where we worked, how we lived, what we wore, where we ate, how we received and paid for goods… Read More »

From Stanislaw to Osmo – The Orchestra Hall Story

By | December 20, 2020

Where it is – Why and How. In the early seventies I received a call from Stephen Pflaum, one of my attorneys at the Leonard Street and Deinard Law Firm. I thought to myself “What have I done wrong now?” Stephen replied “Nothing this time, but we need your help.” The Minnesota Orchestra performed for… Read More »

Take me out to the Ball Game

By | November 13, 2020

Baseball, in Minneapolis, has a fascinating history – affecting many aspects of life – commercial and residential real estate development, parking, traffic patterns, public transportation, and last but not least, the relationship between citizens of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. As a baseball fan for 80+ years and a loyal Minneapolitan for 90 years, I have… Read More »


By | November 13, 2020

Off-leash Downtown Dog Park. Over my 90 years, I have shared my home with 16 different dogs, – large, small, and many of Heinz 57 varieties – but all of them have been my close and loyal friends. Buddy, an energetic golden retriever mix with a penchant to chase a tennis ball into eternity, lived… Read More »

I Believe

By | November 13, 2020

Occasionally, I am going to include a blog explaining the philosophy that has guided my actions, my attitude, and the way I live – why I do what I do, why I am so stubborn, why I am a marshmallow, why I smile, why I am so demanding, so self-deprecating, why I was always self-employed… Read More »