There’s a tipping point in some neighborhoodsA close look at the above photo reveals house upon adjacent house along Connors Point from across the shipping canal circa 1902.
By: Ron Brochu, The Daily Telegram
A close look at the above photo reveals house upon adjacent house along Connors Point from across the shipping canal circa 1902.
At one time, there were stores, schools, a firehouse — and a bridge connecting Superior with Duluth.
When the Interstate Bridge disappeared, a profound change occurred. No longer along a major traffic artery, the neighborhood was on a dead-end street beneath the imposing Blatnik Bridge. All but three residents moved elsewhere. Much of the land sat unused for decades.
That changed in the 1990s with the creation of an industrial park and influx of new business. Connor’s Point will never be the same.
The same is true for Barker’s Island. Tourism development in the 1980s was followed by the addition of upscale housing in the 1990s. Now the island is poised for additional development, with additional convention space waiting for development and maybe condos.
Not all Superior neighborhoods have experienced such a metamorphosis. Changes have been much more subtle, although not invisible, in the East End and along the St. Louis River Bay. Some land has been converted for recreational use, but much remains undeveloped and could be our topic in future years.
Meanwhile, an industrial park just south of Mariner Mall is humming with activity where little had previously existed.
We will tell the tale of those areas this week, looking at several specific developments.