Human Tolls: Building a Public History of a Community Divided by I-35W - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/28/2023

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This session will explore the impacts of freeway construction on Old Southside, a historically black community in Minneapolis. It will reflect on the goals of an interdisciplinary research team, discuss ongoing efforts to address the human tolls of I-35W, and explore the role of designers in advancing community centered research.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the community fabric of Old Southside in South Minneapolis.
  • Recognize the racist policies that shaped the landscapes of the Twin Cities and understand the disproportionate impacts of freeway construction on people of color in South Minneapolis.
  • Reflect on the working process of an interdisciplinary research team, discuss creating and maintaining critical partnerships, and understand how to leverage our skills as landscape architects in furthering research outcomes.
  • Discuss what is at stake in this history in our present communities; learn about ongoing research and question how racial equity research grounds our landscape architecture practices.

Sydney C. Shea, ASLA

Landscape Designer


A Minnesota native, Sydney earned her BA in Environmental Design and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota where she was a graduate LAF Olmsted Scholar. Her capstone work focused on testing imaginative making methods as a means to connect people to place and catalyze conversation.

Outside of traditional practice, Sydney has experience as both a research and studio assistant. Her research documenting the lack of statues memorializing named historic women at the Minnesota state capitol has been featured in multiple publications and embodies her drive to explore experimental forms of communication and representation within landscape architecture.

Greg Donofrio

Associate Professor

University of Minnesota

Greg Donofrio is Associate Professor of historic preservation and public history in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, and is affiliate faculty in the Master's in Urban and Regional Planning program in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. His teaching and research examine how communities find significance in, make use of, and preserve the historic built environment. Donofrio is co-founder and current director of the Heritage Studies and Public History Program. In 2023, he became a University of Minnesota Distinguished University Teaching Professor.

Ernest L. Lloyd

Community Advisor & Research Advisor

A Public History of 35W

Born in North Carolina to a sharecropper, Dr. Lloyd’s life was shaped by the Civil Rights movement. He graduated with a BA; ST. Augustine U., MA from Iowa State and Doctorate from Hamline U. were he wrote his groundbreaking dissertation "How Routing an Interstate Highway Through South Minneapolis Disrupted an African-American Neighborhood." While writing his dissertation, he was employed at MnDOT for nearly 40 years in Civil Rights and Administration. His research focused on the impact I-35W had upon an African American middle-class community; South Minneapolis in the 1960s. He is co-curator of Human Toll: A Public History of 35W.


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