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.

5 responses to “porky’s”

  1. heather says:

    sad to see it go. when i lived in the city i would drive by it all the time and wondered about all the fun that had happened there. love the soundtrack too.

  2. jenn says:

    sad to say I never ate there. it’s an institution and I’m sorry to see it go. The good news? I’ll be able to get from my house to yours with only two train rides!

  3. Anna says:

    It’s a tough call. I will say that the light rail along Hiawatha has improved the area. But Univ is nothing like Hiawatha.

  4. jackie says:

    aack, it’s like that one guy’s photo at the Cultural Institute in Chicago of all the signs and water towers. you’ve got your own collection of Minneapolis/St. Paul signage. the historical society may be knocking on your door someday.

  5. Chandler says:

    Porky’s closed?!?!? BUMMER. I’m all for (finally!) extending the light rail, but it’s sad that it’s the historic independent businesses that seem to end up as casualties. Why can’t we hear more things like “McDonald’s closes” or “Walmart packs up and leaves”?

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