Podcast #38 – Saint Paul’s Ward 1 with City Council Candidate Matt Hill

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.

Link to the audio is here. Succumb to the whole chain reaction on iTunes.

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.