There are few urban-planning sores as ugly at the Kmart blocking Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street. Nic-Lake is Southwest’s version of downtown’s Gateway District — “slum removal” that gave way to a bleakscape, fueling dreams of what renovation, not demolition, might have wrought. Generations of Minneapolitans have wondered what the hell the City Council was thinking back in 1976.
Keith Ford knows. For 38 years, he’s had to live with voting for it.