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Old 09-08-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:43 PM
 
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It was in tpt this evening. Was an interesting watch.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Thanks for the link. I watched most of it last night. For me maybe the most fascinating part of the documentary was the "King" of Skid Row's comparison of Skid Row to parts of the city today. He claimed that Skid Row isn't nearly as bad. I'd find it a little hard to believe that any area in Minneapolis or St. Paul today is even close to as bad as 20 square blocks of 24 hour drunk bum fights. The old man was talking about murder and assault like it was just a part of every day life. I kind of got the feeling that he was allowing his own perceptual biases to get the best of him there.

It took me a while to understand what he was talking about when people were "being relieved of their money." I guess that's what they called theft back in the day.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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I remember seeing some of that original footage in the 1980's. Life sure was different back in the Skid Row era. A lot of those bums were railroad workers who used to work days in the downtown switch yards, and spent their nights getting howling drunk in the bars. When the yards closed, the workers lost their livelihood - but not their drinking habits. Skid Row was the result.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:40 AM
 
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I wonder where the area is down by the river they used to hang out at??
He mentioned now that there are steps there?

I also found it intresting in the part of where that fellow was killed/murdered, he claimed he knew who did it. Sounded like "oh hum, oh well, just another bad luck bum".
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