Riverside Plaza is composed of six buildings and has 1,303 residential units. “Each building has a different height, intended to reflect the diversity of its population. Designer Ralph Rapson was inspired by the time he spent in European cities, where people of different ages and levels of wealth coexisted in close quarters. The area was developed with support from the U.S. federal government's New Town-In Town program, and was originally planned to be part of a utopian design that would have seen 12,500 units spread across four neighborhoods housing a total of 30,000 people. Cedar Square West was the first project in the country to receive Title VII funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and it is the larger of only two New Towns-In Town that ultimately qualified for that program. 2
On Season 6 of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the episode “Mary Moves Out” first aired on Sept. 20, 1975. Mary moves from her old apartment in Phyllis’ (Cloris Leachman) house into Cedar Square West high-rise apartments.3 “Mary continued to be a resident of the building throughout the remaining two seasons of the series, which ended in 1977.”4
Riverside Plaza apartments in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 28, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.