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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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Historic Context for The Wedge’s Historic District

Last September, Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender’s office held an informational meeting regarding a proposed Lowry Hill East historic district. It was a homeowners-only affair, intended for those whose properties would be included, though there were plenty of party crashers: eager homeowners from outside the proposed boundaries, a guy from Kingfield, and at least two […]

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Destruction for Appetite: The Loss of Corner Stores

Technology holds the promise of raising living standards for all. Yet, history shows that even with innovations as humble as cellophane, the results are often uneven. Today’s urban “food deserts” can be traced back to technological changes that began in our neighborhoods over a century ago. Winkler Foods, Lindour Meats, Lieb Bakery, Constance Candy. These […]

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