6.4.10

Reading the Highland Villager #13 (March 30 Edition)



[Basically
, the problem is that the best source of local streets & sidewalks news in Saint Paul is the Highland Villager. This wouldn't be a problem, except that its not available online. I'm reading the Highland Villager so that you don't have to. Until this newspaper goes online, sidewalk information must be set free.]


Total # of articles about sidewalks: 5
Total # of articles about sidewalks written by Jane McClure: 4


Title: Walgreens is back with bigger plans for Ford and Finn. New Highland site plan includes three buildings.
Author: Jane McClure

Short short version: The long-disputed battle over the new pharmacy on Ford Parkway continues. Walgreens is now offering to add a two-story office and retail building that would sit on Ford parkway. The other two buildings would be “designed to look as if they were two stories” … and the Walgreens “would have windows on all four sides with a combination of clear and opaque glass”. [This is total B.S. Go look at the CVS store at Snelling and University and see how it makes a mockery of local design standards. Windows that are opaque aren't really windows, are they? A second story that only looks like a second story isn't really a second story is it? -Ed.]


Title: Dayton warehouse dispute pits city against about everyone else. Local residents, business people support owner’s effort to store auto parts for nearby salvage yard.
Author: Jane McClure

Short short version: Article about the really interesting old industrial warehouses at the far North end of Ayd Mill Road (by Selby and Hamline.) The owner of the property wants to use thes old warehouses to store auto salvage parts, but this is against the city’s zoning code. Currnetly, the owner runs an auto salvage shop that is ‘non-conforming’, or grandfathered into the present use, which makes it very difficult to expand or change the business in any way. The article sets up a dispute b/w the local actors (lincluding chambers of commeze and the district council) and the citys’ zoning appeals board.


Title: The necessity of poetry in the public realm
Author: James McKenzie

Short short version: Editorial attacking Phil Krinkie’s editorial about how the city’s sidewalk poetry project is wasteful. The op-ed points out that no tax funds went to the sidewalk poetry project. , except for a little bit of tax funds used as startup feeder money back in 2008.Walgreens is back with bigger plans for Ford and Finn. New highlands site plan includes three buildings.

The long-disputed battle over the new pharmacy on Ford Parkway continues. Walgreens is now offering to add a two-story office and retail building that would sit on Ford parkway. The other two buildings would be “designed to look as if they were two stories” … and the Walgreens “would have windows on all four sides with a combination of clear and opaque glass”.


Title: University businesses briefed on light-rail construction schedule
Author: Jane McClure

Short short version: A vague schedule for LRT contruction is out. Downtown StP comes first, Then: b/w Hamline and emerglad in 2011, East of Hamline in 2012. Univeristy Avenue will not be torm up from sidewalk to sidewalk, but will have through lanes. Also, “no area will be under major construction for more than 150 consecutive days.”


Title: Police install 93 new security cameras on streets near river
Author: Jane McClure

Short short version: Highland park near Ford Parkway and all around the Water tower now is festooned with security cameras. The St Paul police now has 185 surveillance cemareas. A police seargant is quoted saying “This is not big brother” because the cameras cannot actually look into people’s bedrooms while they sleep.

1 comment:

John said...

Here's the full report on the LRT construction schedule