The podcast this week is a conversation with Matt Hill, who is one of the many people running for the open Ward One City Council seat in Saint Paul. The race came as a bit of a surprise when incumbent Melvin Carter resigned from the job half-way through his term, and a lot of candidates have declared their interest in the job during the past month. Particularly given the city’s Ranked Choice Voting system, it should be an interesting election.
Ward One is the Frogtown, Rondo, and Cathedral Hill neighborhood, and is also where Matt Hill grew up. He currently works at the Minnesota Historical society, and we sat down earlier this week at the Frogtown Daily Diner to chat about his campaign, some of the spatial inequality in Saint Paul, the rich history of the neighborhood, and the biggest mistakes of the Light Rail planning process.