Video: A fresh start for a Kenyan immigrant in Riverside Plaza

The pastel panels of Riverside Plaza’s high-rise apartment complex are hard to miss. Designed by architect Ralph Rapson and completed in 1973, the towers dominate the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and are the tallest structures in Minneapolis outside of downtown. While the original plan called for 12,500 units, the plan was scaled back to 1,303 following protests by neighborhood groups.

Thirty years after Mary Richards moved into Riverside Plaza in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Abdi Hassan has also made a fresh start. Hassan, a 19-year-old Somali immigrant from Kenya, moved to the U.S. to escape the violence that had claimed the lives of several of his family members. A recent graduate of South High, he now lives in Riverside Plaza with his sisters and grandmother. MinnPost recently caught up with Hassan for a glimpse inside his new life and Rapson’s creation.

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