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A Good Thing for St. Paul: A Pilot ADU Project Along the Green Line Invites Creative Possibilities

The St. Paul City Council has voted to allow ADUs from Emerald to Lexington avenues along University, a pilot project that will bring creative possibilities for density, affordable housing and multi-generational living to the Central Corridor.
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The Story of St. Paul Woman Clara Hardenbrook, Who Tried (and Failed) To Vote in 1914

One hundred and two years ago, a tough-minded mother of seven sued the city of St. Paul. Her grievance? Not being allowed to vote for school or library board officers, despite a specific guarantee in the Minnesota constitution.            
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Microloans Help Artists Build Sustainable Careers

Microloans help artists bridge the gaps between other sources of funding. Springboard for the Arts is currently testing a microloan model and has partnered with Kiva, a microlending platform that funds small businesses around the world.  
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November Arts and Culture: Holiday Markets (and Makers) Galore

For MSP makers, this month is among the busiest of the year as they sell their wares at holiday markets, boutiques and pop-ups happening at a crazy pace. But you can also tour a renovated machine shed and enjoy open art studios before the big freeze.    
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Small Park, Huge Impact: Rondo's Commemorative Plaza Under Construction

Since the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1960s tore apart St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood and destroyed his childhood home, Marvin Anderson has worked to make sure the heart and spirit of Rondo lives on. As one of the co-founders of St. Paul’s annual ...
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612 Sauna Society first sauna cooperative in the U.S.

In 2013, John Pederson built the Firehouse Sauna, a mobile trailer-sized sauna that quickly moved from a personal project to something he shared with friends. It grew into the 612 Sauna Society, which will soon become the first sauna cooperative in the country. Now ...
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J. Selby's Brings Vegan Cuisine to St. Paul

Vegans and vegetarians rejoice! A plant-based restaurant is coming soon to St. Paul, ready to serve brunch, lunch and dinner to herbivores and omnivores alike.   J. Selby’s plans to open on the corner of Selby and Victoria avenues this winter. Located in a ...
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Capital City Bikeway Underway in St. Paul

The Capital City Bikeway is fast fulfilling the City of St. Paul’s Comprehensive Plan’s vision to become a world-class bicycling city. Made up of a system of off-street bicycle trails in downtown St. Paul, the bikeway network will connect to existing trails, ...
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Accessible360: Website and Digital Apps For Inclusivity

Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has ensured equal opportunity for Americans who suffer from physical and mental conditions that limit their means. While wheelchair ramps, closed captioning and wider doorways have become commonplace, the digital ...
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U of M Launches Product Design Program to Grow Local Talent

MSP proudly hosts “major product design companies like Target, 3M, Medtronic, General Mills, Cargill,” says Dr. Barry Kudrowitz, McKnight Land-Grant Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota. However, he adds, “They’re all hiring ...
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This neighborhood embraces both the vanished Rondo district--the onetime center of black life in Saint Paul, eliminated when Interstate 94 came through--and the overwhelming Summit Avenue historic district, probably the largest aggregation of Victorian and Edwardian mansions in the country, of which the biggest and brownest is the former home of James J. Hill, the railroad baron who virtually ruled Saint Paul in the late nineteenth century. Selby Avenue between Lexington and the Cathedral is an urban laboratory: once ghetto-tough, it now supports both African-American and white-run businesses, barbecue places and brunch spots, the Urban League and Garrison Keillor's Common Good bookstore.