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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We Read Ford Site Comments So You Don’t Have To

When controversy happens….when tempers flare….we read the comments, so you don’t have to.
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Perhaps you have heard of the Ford Site, in St. Paul? It is no longer being used to make trucks. It is one of the largest, best pieces of land to be developed in the city core right now on either side […]

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Aerial photo of Ford development site.

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 […]

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 […]

Five Reasons to Love Saint Paul’s Ford Site Plans

Ford plan under construction in 1924. When you teach urban geography, you inevitably come across the concept of “post-Fordism.” The term refers to the shifting economic and geographic arrangements that followed in the wake of globalization, automation, and technological revolutions. The concept is best illustrated by the  transformation of the auto industry in places like […]