East Sider Tracy Sides is the founder and executive director of Urban Oasis, a nonprofit committed to cultivating healthy communities by increasing access to whole food. Her idea for an “urban oasis food hub” won the $1 Million Forever St. Paul Challenge in 2013. (Submitted photo)
Urban Oasis Food Fest set for Aug. 17
A year ago, St. Paulites would be hard-pressed to find tomato-canning demonstrations, condiment taste-testings and East Side food vendors all in one place.
Commuters can expect a few MnDOT construction projects on the East Side in 2016. This map outlines MnDOT’s preliminary plan to expand a portion of Interstate 94 between East Seventh Street and Mounds Boulevard. MnDOT also plans to resurface a larger portion of the freeway road between East Seventh Street and Highway 120. (submitted graphic)
MnDOT aims to ease commuter congestion on the East Side along Interstate 94 in the next few years.
The Rev. Karen Williams, an East Side native, is excited about her new position as the head pastor of Grace Lutheran Church. “It feels like I’m coming back home,” she says. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Outreach is a large part of the ministry of Grace Lutheran Church. The church provides space for a Hmong congregation which meets at noon on Sundays. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Karen Williams returns to East Side roots
Grace Lutheran Church is welcoming the Rev. Karen Williams back to the East Side.
Williams, who grew up on the East Side and attended Harding High School, took up her new role this week as the head pastor at Grace, a prominent church building off of White Bear Avenue that is a familiar sight to commuters on Interstate 94.
The East Side Freedom Library, housed within the historic Arlington Hills Library building, is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul. It was built in 1916. (Submitted photo)
Tsione Wolde-Michael reads in front of a crowd at East Side Freedom Library’s Juneteenth event, which celebrates African-American emancipation. About 100 people attended the event, one of three the library has hosted this summer. (Submitted photo)
‘Raise the Roof’ campaign raises funds
The East Side Freedom Library’s “Raise the Roof! Open the Doors!” campaign is over halfway to its goal.
Minneapolis artist Gustavo Lira will begin painting a new mural for La Palma Supermercado in the next few weeks. The colorful mural will wrap around two sides of the building. (Linda Baumeister/Review staff)
East Side eatery getting a new look
Expect a colorful change on Payne Avenue come October.
La Palma Supermercado, a Salvadoran grocery and café, will be getting a new mural this fall as part of a $38,000 façade renovation.
Bus rapid transit will be the main focus moving forward for the Gateway Corridor -- it was picked as the preferred transit mode by the corridor’s Policy Advisory Committee. BRT would operate in its own dedicated roadway, similar to the Orange Line in Los Angeles pictured here. (submitted photo)
An outline of the Gateway Corridor shows it passing along the north side of Interstate 94 through the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood into downtown St. Paul. Corridor studies moving forward will focus on putting in a bus rapid transit line to serve commuters from the eastern suburbs. (submitted graphic)
Move over light rail, bus rapid transit will be the focus from now on for the Gateway Corridor.