Map Monday: A Chain Retail View of Saint Paul’s Ford Site

Here’s a map that comes from the real estate marketing packet for Saint Paul’s famous Ford Site, the 100+ acre former truck factory in Highland. It shows the “retail” near the site, using logos and arrows.

For one thing, this map shows how many Paneras and Targets are nearby. But on top of that, the flier is a good reminder of how many lenders and high-level real estate professionals view the world: through chain-colored glasses, if you will. There are tons of small businesses in Saint Paul and South Minneapolis, but it’s almost as if they don’t exist in this version of the Twin Cities.

(I also think they’re missing some, like East Lake street’s former White Castle or stuff down in Mendota Heights?)

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.