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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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Map Monday: Rankings of Minneapolis Neighborhoods by Overall Health

Today’s  map shows Minneapolis neighborhoods by their overall health — defined not only as the health of its residents, but also of the neighborhood’s environment, economy, schools, social institutions, housing, transportation, and safety.  (View detailed rankings here and search by address here.) The map was created using data from the Healthy Communities Assessment Tool (HCAT), which was launched […]

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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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Prospect Park Neighborhood Meeting on Prospect North. February 14, 2015

Prospect North

On a sub-zero Valentine’s Day morning, I walked over to Omar Ansari’s Surly Brewing company. Not for an early morning pick-me-up (I total tee), but rather for a community meeting about the status of the Prospect Park North redevelopment. It was a standing room only crowd, (no doubt enhanced by the offer of free breakfast, […]

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