Friday Photo: Residential Storefronts

A few weeks ago a post about a business located inside of a single-family house on Grand Ave in St. Paul wanting to expand out to the sidewalk reminded me how much I like single-family houses with storefronts on them. As far as I can tell, this type of building represents the best of all worlds in urbanism: it’s an incremental intensification of land use that also preserves existing structures (resources), and is generally undertaken only by locally owned businesses, keeping money in the local economy.

 

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Bryant Ave. and 36th St.

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Franklin and Lyndale

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West side of 11th just North of Franklin

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Nicollet and 34th St.

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East side of Bloomington just North of Lake St.

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Grand Ave. and 33rd St.

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East side of Chicago Ave. North of 38th

 

 

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4 Responses to Friday Photo: Residential Storefronts

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke February 13, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    another shot of the Chicago & 38th one… http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_eSzCPrtFbo/UP_6C3sRUOI/AAAAAAAAIlk/l-EE48CUnLQ/s1600/sotw55f.jpg

  2. Brian Moen February 13, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    There is a vacant one right next to the Riverview Theater that I’d love to see used. http://goo.gl/OrzTpE

  3. Matt Brillhart February 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    The Mortimer’s (Lyndale & Franklin) is a crazy frankenstructure.

    Others I’ve seen around the same area are Bulldog at Lyndale & 26th and the super crappy convenience store at Grand & 28th.

    The ones along commercial corridors are likely zoned for commercial or mixed use, but there are also a handful of them along minor corridors that are probably considered “non-conforming” by the city. I know for sure the one across from my old apartment at Grand & 28th was non-conforming (R2 zoning or something like that)

    • Matt Steele February 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Use-based zoning kind of stinks, doesn’t it?

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