Then & Now: Saint Paul Ford Plant

stp-highland-theater-1956The Saint Paul Ford Plant closed for good this year, and is being demolished. I’ve always been fascinated by how recently the Highland area of Saint Paul was platted and developed compared with many other parts of the city. Here are some aerial photos of the Ford Plant area in Saint Paul, the corner of Ford Parkway and Cleveland Avenue.

There used to be some kind of test track / proving ground there! And boy did it take up a lot of space.

Who knows what this area will look like in another 20 years?

(OK, most of it will probably be the same. Nate will still have to move his car.)





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.