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Staving Off Bikesharing Shrinkage

A couple of days before the Nice Ride season started this year, I looked at their map to scout out stations by TCF Stadium. I was getting ready to go to a soccer game there and was looking forward to being able to use Nice Ride to get to or from games. But my neighborhood […]

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Reimagine the Railway: Ford Spur in St. Paul Open House

Please join us to learn more about the exciting
opportunity to “Reimagine the Railway” and think
about new uses for the Ford Spur — a rail line that
once served the Ford Motor site from downtown
Saint Paul. The study will examine opportunities
to redevelop the 5-mile railway corridor for
walking and bicycling, taking into consideration its
potential future use as a transit corridor. You will
hear more about project progress and will have a
chance to give the City your thoughts on concepts
for how this corridor will look and function in the

6:00-6:30 – Open House
6:30 – Brief Presentation and Q&A
7:00-7:30 – Open House
Bring the kids! Activities will be provided.

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State of the St. Paul Skyways

When are the skyways open? Where can I enter and exit the skyway system? Are the skyways becoming less safe? What is that smell?

Questions about the current state of the Saint Paul skyway system increase as residential and business populations grow and evolve. Business leaders are working to develop recommendations for changes to skyway rules, including hours of operation. Residents and other stake-holders have both similar and differing perspectives. The Capitol River Council’s responsibility is to make recommendations to the City Council, and to engage people who live and work downtown, so that our recommendations are based on a broad range of voices.

Along with the monthly meetings of its Skyway Governance Advisory Committee, this Spring, CRC will host “State of the Skyways” — a Public Engagement event designed to provide residents and workers with the latest updates on skyway issues and the opportunity to express and discuss their concerns.

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Reimagine the Railway: New Uses for the Ford Spur

Please join us to learn more about the exciting opportunity to “Reimagine the Railway” and think about new uses for the Ford Spur—a rail line that once served the Ford Motor site from downtown Saint Paul. The study will examine opportunities to redevelop the 5-mile railway corridor for walking and bicycling, and will also consider potential uses for public transit. You will hear more about the background and goals of this project and will have a chance to give the City your thoughts on how this corridor should look, feel and function in the future. Learn more at stpaul.gov/FordSpurStudy

6:30 p.m. – Presentation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Conversation

Please note that the meeting location requires all attendees to show a photo ID or sign in with your address.

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Historic Payne Avenue Walking Tour

Join labor historian Peter Rachleff for a walking tour of historic Payne Avenue! The tour will focus on the street’s role as a center of immigrant working-class life, from the Swedes, Italians, and Germans of the 19th century to the Hmong, Mexicans, and Salvadorans of the 21st century. The tour precedes the library’s Story Fair celebration, kicking off several months of celebrations in honor of the centennial of Saint Paul’s Carnegie library buildings, including the original Arlington Hills (now the East Side Freedom Library).

The event is free, but tickets are required so please register online.

Tour Guide
The walk is led by Dr. Peter Rachleff who is a labor historian and Macalester professor. Peter and his wife, Dr. Beth Cleary co-founded the East Side Freedom Library.

Please note: Arlington Hills Community Center is closed until the Story Fair at noon. Please meet outside.
10:30: Check-in outside of Arlington Hills Community Center (in the plaza area) – free parking available
10:40 a.m.: Depart Arlington Hills on the 64 bus to the start of the tour at Swede Hollow (bus fare provided)
10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.: Walking Tour
12:00 p.m.: Story Fair kicks off (food trucks available)
12-3 p.m.: Story Fair activities – learn more at sppl.org/100.
The tour begins at Swede Hollow and proceeds about 1 1/2 miles to Arlington Hills Community Center, where food trucks and restrooms will be available.

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Lowertown: New Ideas in Old Buildings

We’ll start at the 1853 farmers market, sampling Big River Pizza as I tell you about two companies growing food today in unique ways. We’ll visit P Soup, and talk with the collaborating industrial designers and engineers in the 1907 Allen Building., before heading to CoCo to tour their start-up incubator space. You’ll learn about the Lowertown beginnings of 3M and Ecolab, “meet” several award-winning artisans in the historic Northern Warehouse Artists Cooperative, learn about The M’s new Center for Creativity in the 1890 Pioneer Endicott Buildings and we’ll end our walk by touring the new Custom House riverfront apartment complex in the renovated 1934 Post Office. If you have an idea for a new business or product, we’ll also talk about the great resources in the neighborhood to help you get it off the ground.

Meet at the Farmers’ Market and look for a sign that reads, “Let’s Explore New Ideas in Old Buildings.”

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West Side Bird Walk

We will meeting at the corner of Hall and Delos. This particular location has a wide variety of birds and has tons of wild habitat. We’ll move to Terrace Park which is right down the street and a hidden gem. After that we’ll walk along the bluff and hopefully spot some eagles, great blue herons and various hawks. Next we’ll move to the end of our walk which will be prospect park.

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West Side St. Paul: Quarries & Masons

As part of Jane’s Walk, this walk will tour the West Side of St. Paul. The West Side of Saint Paul is rich in older houses of many styles. Most of them have foundations made of Platteville Limestone, a native rock found just beneath the prairie loam and glacial rocks of the Mississippi Valley. Beginning at the corner of Robert Street and King, site of one of the oldest trees in the Twin Cities, we’ll tour the leafy-green streets to Humboldt Avenue. Scattered through this area stand sturdy homes built by the West Side’s German master-builder and brickmason, Henry Lange. We’ll explore the diversity of Lange’s brickwork, and stop by the former homes of Adam Rau, a skilled stonemason, and one of the West Side’s German-born-and-trained architects, Emil Strassburger. Imagine what the landscape looked like when these buildings were constructed, with the active quarries side-by-side with them.

Meet on the corner of Robert and King Streets under the blooming white oak, a prize oak.

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Energy= Movement and Community Party

Come help us celebrate the lighting up of the public art project E=MC2 by artist Kyle Waites.

It is the last day of the 30 Days of Biking and what better way to end the month then riding through the Sibley Viaduct (the bridge on Sibley St between Union Depot and the Custom House) and helping light it up! We will have free coffee and donuts to all those who walk or ride through and other fun activities!

You can test out the new downtown St. Paul Capital City Bikeway, visit the St. Paul Farmers Market on its opening weekend, ride along the mighty Mississippi and visit one of the many tasty downtown lunch spots.

E=MC2 was funded by the Knight Foundation Green Line Challenge and City of St Paul Public Art Ordinance.

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Ford Site Zoning & Concept Plan Updates

The City of Saint Paul and the Ford Site Planning Task Force invite you to learn more about future zoning for the Ford site:

– What might development look like?
– What mix of uses are anticipated and why?

At this meeting:

– Presentation with images that envision potential uses, scale and design
– Panelists discuss urban development options and policy considerations
– Small table conversations about jobs and housing, scale and design of buildings, transportation, and public spaces

Meeting flyer available here

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