Author Archives: rayharris

Another Withdrawal from my Memory Bank

By | March 12, 2021

My memory bank is full again, it’s time to withdraw some obsolete tidbits reminiscent of the days before one could press a button to activate every convenience in our lives. Do you remember – When the roads were filled with Studebakers, Edsels, Packards, DeSotos, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, and other brands built in the USA. When THE… Read More »

You had to be there..

By | March 12, 2021

The early response to the “Been There, Done That. Took Notes” blog has been very positive: an unexpected request, from a number of viewers, has wondered who is Ray Harris and what is his background? Does he cause these crazy things to happen or is he just an innocent victim? Both! I am guilty of… Read More »


By | March 10, 2021

This was written long ago by a great author, Rudyard Kipling. I read it often and try to believe in and emulate each phrase. You should too. It focuses on a man but is just as relevant for women!

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 »