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Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: August 19th, 2021, 8:51 am
by alexschief
St. Paul has eliminated parking minimums. Huge W for a city that isn't known for sticking its neck out and taking risks, especially with regards to traffic and parking.

This has flown under the radar a bit, but in the first half of this year, St. Paul saw more housing starts than Minneapolis. The city has been seeing increased starts in past years and that trend has continued. With development roaring to life along the Green Line, A Line, and B Line routes, and four(!!!) superblocks in various stages of design and redevelopment (Ford, Hillcrest, Midway, Sears), it's a uniquely optimistic time for housing in the Most Livable City In America.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: September 9th, 2021, 1:58 pm
by jonnyengel
Firm behind NYC High Line will be designing St. Paul's river balcony.

https://www.twincities.com/2021/09/09/f ... r-balcony/

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: September 9th, 2021, 8:07 pm
by seanrichardryan
'Firm behind Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall will be designing St. Paul's river balcony.'

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: September 10th, 2021, 7:44 am
by jonnyengel
Woof...what a range of successful and mediocre projects...

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: September 10th, 2021, 12:30 pm
by alexschief
I'm not going to lie to you and say that JCFO knocked Nicollet Mall out of the park. I think there were some mistakes, especially some of the art pieces and follies that were placed along the mall. But the biggest problem with the Nicollet redesign was the client. The inability to spend money on the pavers that were originally called for is really 50-75% of the problem with the end product that people complain about. The "grey" feeling of the street is not really their fault, and I do think that the street will get better over time as the trees mature.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: September 10th, 2021, 1:09 pm
by bubzki2
Nic. mall is fine, just needs more people and programming. The city did botch their cost-cutting, though.