Gloria Massey: Transitions: University Ave

Gloria Massey, longtime resident of the University Avenue area, describes her childhood and changes in transportation she’s witnessed through her life

Interviewed by: Cassandra
Editing and Production by: The students of Tom Davies' Human Geography class
Photos by: Micheal and Tanisha from Randy Starr's Mixed Media art class


First off I am going to ask you, what is your name?

Gloria Massey.

How long have you lived in this area?

I’ll say my current address, I’ve been there 18 years.

For you, what was it like growing up here in the Twin Cities?

For me, it was fun, I had a good childhood. I’m youngest of ten children. I was a little spoiled but I was protected and well taken care of.

What kind of transportation was available when you were younger?

When I was younger they had a street car. They had tracks on University Avenue and they decided to take them up and start with the bus service.

In what way do you think the train will affect your daily routine, will it affect it in any way?

Yes, where I live I’m only one block south of University and I’m concerned about parking being a problem for me.

You said that there’s going to be more negative effects, can you describe just a few of them?

There could be some persons maybe having to move, called gentrification. I think that worries me, because it brings back memories of when they put in I-94 where it broke up a neighborhood. That kind of sets back a trauma for me, because it reminds me of when they did it to the Rondo area.

About Rondo, how did it affect you?

My parents were separated. I would visit my dad. My dad had to actually move his house. He actually uprooted his house and moved it from Western to Central. He did not want to leave the area. I just don’t want to go through that again.

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