Ford, Finally RIP

I owned a Ford once. It sucked. I had reasons to agree with the jokes about Ford meaning “Fix Or Repair Daily” or “Found On Road Dead.” After that Ford, I didn’t own another car for 12 years. And I became a transportation planner because I never liked having to drive in the first place […]

ford site rendering

On Oct. 10, 2018, The Ryan Companies unveiled renderings and a general concept plan for the former Ford Twin Cities auto plant in Highland Park, which will be converted into 3,500 housing units and 150,000 square feet of retail space. In all, the development will span some 40 city blocks. Ryan will preserve two […]

Ford Site Central Water Feature

On Oct. 10, 2018, The Ryan Companies unveiled renderings and a general concept plan for the former Ford Twin Cities auto plant in Highland Park, which will be converted into 3,500 housing units and 150,000 square feet of retail space. In all, the development will span some 40 city blocks. Ryan will preserve two […]

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The Planned Failure of the Ford Site

On January 25, 2019, Ryan Companies presented its plan for the Ford Site redevelopment to the St. Paul Planning Commission. One third of the way through the presentation, Ryan officials finished talking about themselves and turned to the city’s (supposed) vision for the Ford Site,
That vision includes environmental sustainability, vibrant urban infill and a transit-oriented […]

Then & Now: Saint Paul Ford Plant

The 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 […]

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Saint Paul by Bike: A Short Jaunt to Ford

[…] Fair, or more accurately, a park and ride lot for the State Fair, gave me the chance to check out a usually off-limits part of the old Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant (TCAP) and grounds. The 22-acre area is between Mississippi River Boulevard and the Mississippi River, across the River Road from where the […]

The Ford Site Debate is Also About Equity

About two weeks ago, the Planning Commission finally passed Saint Paul’s plans for the old Ford factory in Highland. The vote was unanimous to support to support the city’s plans, which called for around 4,000 units of housing and plenty of mixed-use, along with a host of other amenities.
(Note: there was also an amendment […]

Neighbors Embrace New Oil Refinery for Ford Site

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St. Paul, Minnesota — residents of the Highland Park neighborhood have been struggling for months against an outrageous proposal to redevelop the Ford Site with business, homes, and public green space. Today, Neighbors for a Livable St. Paul announced the results of their successful campaign to preserve neighborhood character. Instead of […]

Improvements for Cyclists on Ford Parkway and Montreal Avenue

Newly painted (and completely reconstructed) Montreal Avenue and Ford Parkway are now open. Both roads incorporate ways to keep the roads more safe, and inviting, especially to our neighbors who are outside of a car. There were a few improvements to be desired, but I must commend the City of Saint Paul and Ramsey […]

Transit Potential: Arsenal vs. Ford Plant

The Ford Plant and the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (the Arsenal) offer rare opportunities to design new neighborhoods from the ground up. Both will feature a mix of commercial and residential, will be pedestrian friendly, and will incorporate public transit. In terms of transit potential, however, the two could hardly be more different. Transit […]