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?)