Lowertown in downtown St. Paul is currently known for the weekly Farmers’ Market, popular restaurants and the beautiful Saints’ baseball stadium. It was included on Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s list of best places to live downtown, which we wrote about here, with Lowertown being the list’s sole representative from St. Paul. The Star Tribune recently shared some of the history of the Lowertown neighborhood in St. Paul, which was in a slightly different location in downtown than the current bounds. This historical neighborhood acted as a precursor to the stately homes of Summit Ave. Lower Town had some of the fanciest and largest homes in St. Paul at the time, with most being built in the mid to late 1800’s. The article – linked above – shares some awesome photos of these long-gone mansions from the Minnesota Historical Society. These homes unfortunately fell to the tides of developing industry not long after they were built, with the expansion of railroads disrupting the neighborhood and razing homes. By the early 1900’s, the neighborhood had dramatically transformed and many of the prior well-to-do residents had moved on to new builds along Summit Ave.
We live in a time where we don’t anticipate any major transformations that could transform our daily lives. But, while it might not be to the same extent these prior Lowertown residents experienced, development is still a force at play. Both of the incumbent mayors for Minneapolis (Jacob Frey) and St. Paul (Melvin Carter) are in favor of higher density housing. Their leadership could make that vision more of a reality over the next 4 years. As we’ve seen in Uptown and even Edina, new residential developments can have a significant impact on the dynamic and aesthetic of a neighborhood. Thus Highland Park residents are highly engaged and concerned about the major plans for the Ford plant site, and rightly so. Aside from elections, hearings on new development plans are likely one of the more popular venues for civic engagement.
And so, as much as some hate it, change is inevitable. Not all change is bad or dramatic, like the news that Lowertown’s winter Farmers’ Market will move indoors starting in December. Perhaps you’re ready for change – big or small? If you’d like to take a look at what your housing options are, please reach out. I can be reached by email or phone (952-258-3100).
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