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The Stillwater Bridge Story II

When a Final Design Isn’t This is Part Two of a series on the new Stillwater Bridge, now officially known as the St. Croix Crossing. Part One dealt with 1950s era mutterings up to the 1995 selection of a preferred alternative. But as everyone knows there was plenty of opposition. Although final design work (costing $1 Million) and […]

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Schools, Pools, Beer and Deer

Macalester-Groveland, Highland Park, West End Saturday, September 6, 2014 11.9 miles: Students in Saint Paul went back to school this week, making the visit to one of my favorite school buildings, Randolph Heights Elementary, apropos. This gorgeous 1916 building has several uncommon and attractive elements. The first is the Spanish-influenced design itself. Lead architect Charles […]

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Then & Now: Red’s Savoy Inn and Environs

The east end of downtown Saint Paul is a fascinating and desolate place. The gap between the East Side and downtown can sometimes feel like a grand canyon of asphalt, but with the new Lafayette bridge, road and trail connections, and the Saints’ stadium all under construction, maybe it’s going to begin to feel different in […]

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All About Pedestrian Signals

This is part 4 of an ongoing series on traffic signals. Part one looked at vehicle signals in general, Part two and part three looked at left turns. In this part we get into more detail on pedestrian signals. Early Days. Since almost the beginning it was recognized that additional accommodations needed to be made […]

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Changing Culture

Was the city of Copenhagen always the way it is today with a bustling pedestrian-only central shopping district, a robust network of protected bikeways, and sidewalks filled with people lounging at restaurants, bars, and cafés even during the winter? Of course not. The second in a series of videos I produced for the Knight Foundation […]

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The plaque posted near the entrance to Toni Stone Field with details about her

Stone and Diamonds

August 2, 2014 Lexington-Hamline, Summit-University, Midway, Como 14.5 miles Athletes and sports have played a big part in Saint Paul history. In recent years much of the recognition has gone to those from Cretin-Derham Hall High School. Decades ago, however, several neighborhoods, especially the East Side and the Midway were well-known for their athletes and […]

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