Larry Jacobs got dunked hard over this tweet last week:
I’m going to come to Professor Jacobs’ (partial, and let’s be honest, largely comic) defense.
I suspect he’s referring to the Uptown Bar. Which was at one point one of the most popular bars in Uptown, which is “in a college town” in the sense that Minneapolis has several colleges in it (rather than, say, Morris or Mankato or even my hometown). It was certainly a place to see and be seen back in the day – and I certainly saw and was seen there, a couple of lifetimes ago.
But it closed in 2009. Long before Covid.
It was replaced, by the way, by an Apple Store.
Which announced its impending closure last week, in the middle of a hamfisted lockdown and the Uptown neighborhood’s descent into crime and violence. While urbanists claim “stores close all the time in Uptown”, citing a number of flavor-of-the-month boutiques and restaurants, I’ll hasten to remind you – in the middle of a neighborhood full of hipsters with enough disposable income to, well, live in Uptown, it was an Apple Store.
And it’s gone. #Unexpectedly.
We interrupt this blog post for a song, which is not remotely thematic, nosirreebob.
Or, more to the point, Nosirree Bob:
Oh, yeah. The establishment in Dr. Jacobs’ tweet is…
…er, was the Uptown Theater. One of the signal arthouse theaters in Minneapolis, a place with some of my most treasured movie experiences.
Hey, how about another song?