23.6.11

Reading the Highland Villager #38 (June 8 - 21 Edition)

[Basically the problem is that the best source of Saint Paul streets & sidewalks news is the Highland Villager, a very fine and historical newspaper. This wouldn't be a problem, except that its not available online. You basically have to live in or frequent Saint Paul to read it. That's why 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: 14
Total # of articles about sidewalks written by Jane McClure: 13


Headline: Great River Park plan celebrated, though changes are possible
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: Report on the recent unveiling of the large and complex plans for the riverfront along Saint Paul. Includes quote from West 7th Federation in defense of sidewalks and parking.


Headline: Report reveals ways to stabilize housing around St. Thomas
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: Article on recent study of how housing near St. Thomas has been turned from owner-occupied to rental housing. Includes detail that rental housing in the area has gone up from 10 to more than 21% since 2000. Includes use of the phrase "tipping point."


Headline: Episcopal Homes receives loan for Porky's expansion; Senior housing in store for old drive-in site
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: Report on the recent demolition of Porky's drive-in, and how the old-folks home next door received a loan from the St Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority to build about 80 units of housing there.


Headline: St Paul adopts historic status for former Schmidt Brewery
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: St Paul City Council adopted historic designation for the brewery, which will help with the redevelopment plans.


Headline: Mac-Grove restaurants get mixed response on STAR funding requests
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: The city's Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization money will be used to fix up a parking lot for the Groveland Tap and Scusi, but not for Plum's restaurant patio.


Headline: Wellington eyes Wilder property
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: The old Wilder building in a very nice neighborhood of St Paul may be bought and used for some sort of non-profit.


Headline: The mother of all infill developments; Plan for redeveloping Fort Snelling's Upper Post and West District reviewed
Reporter: Kevin Driscoll

Short short version: Large article with map about land use development plans for the old and historic stretch of land next to Fort Snelling. The site is 233 acres, has many old buildings, and is and near a LRT stop. Includes quote from Hennepin Co's Peter McLaughlin that a decision on a final plan may happen in July.


Headline: West End lot expected to ease parking for growing Hazelden
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: There are so many cars going to the Hazelden site near West 7th Street that they have to build a new parking lot with 50 spaces. Includes details about the Hazelden building, part of which is located in the "1885 Bannholzer mansion."


Headline: Cossetta agrees to living-wage condition; City to help finance $10.5M expansion of market and pizzeria
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: Report on ongoing story about the living-wage law exception tied to the $400+K in TIF money going to Cossetta's expansion. Mr. Cossetta reluctantly agreed to pay at least 75% of his employees a living wage.


Headline: St Paul softens sign rules for businesses on light-rail route
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: Due to construction, businesses on University Avenue can go ahead and have temporary signs without paying a sign application fee.


Headline: Nova takes another step in buying Victoria Park property
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: A charter school is been granted "developer status" in order to build a new school at West 7th and Otto.


Headline: Scusi allowed to serve wine, beer outside with its meals
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: St Paul City Council approved an outdoor liquor license.


Headline: St Paul grants alley vacation (!) for PPL project
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: The controversial 40 unit affordable housing building will be allowed to use the space that is currently a short alley.


Headline: UST continues to seek liquor license for its St Paul campus
Reporter: Jane McClure

Short short version: Apparently, universities can now apply for liquor licenses [probably to serve booze at alumni shindigs etc.]. St Thomas is doing this.

3 comments:

Reuben said...

Where are all the snarky editorial comments?

Also, good thing this newspaper isn't online as I definitely don't want to view the map of Fort Snelling they printed.

Mulad said...

I have to wonder about the potential for development at Fort Snelling. It'd be nice to have the existing buildings restored, but I'm a very noise-averse person and couldn't imagine living that close to the airport. There is some relatively quiet space in the vicinity of the old fort, but not a whole lot.

www.navarra-3d.com said...

Little doubt, the dude is completely fair.