a local landmark closed on sunday: porky’s was a drive-in on university avenue in saint paul. business has been down in recent years, and now it’s difficult to get to due to light rail construction on university avenue. its location will soon become senior housing.
while i love that light rail will finally connect downtowns minneapolis to saint paul, businesses in my ‘hood will struggle as traffic becomes congested and parking? next to impossible. there’s a rail platform going up at the intersection where my favorite retro store resides… there won’t be many mid-century chair shots there this summer. sometimes progress tramples good things, and it’s hard not to be a little bitter. i hope the classic car parade continues to strut its stuff along the ave on weekend summer nights, despite the orange cones.
i made my way thru the construction and crowds to get a shot of the iconic porky’s sign on saturday afternoon. the soundtrack to this shot: the engine rev of a cherry-red chevy classic camero that could be heard for miles.