St. Paul planning staff have been hard at work scheming ways to rezone parts of the East Side to better accomodate the proposed Gateway Corridor transit line, which would put a bus rapid transit route on Hudson Road connecting downtown St. Paul to Woodbury and Lake Elmo, passing through Maplewood and the East Side. (submitted graphic)
Rezoning would push for denser commercial, residential along proposed Bus Rapid Transit line
A plan that’s slotted to go before the St. Paul City Council on Oct. 7 would formalize the city’s planning around the Gateway Corridor, a proposed bus rapid transit line that would go from Woodbury or Lake Elmo to downtown St. Paul, going through neighborhoods along Interstate 94. In St. Paul, it would run along the north side of the freeway on Old Hudson Road.
Teens from the East Side and Minneapolis’ North Side performed in an empty parking lot on Payne Avenue in September, during three separate performances. The events were put on by Farrington Llewellyn, who was hired by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. (submitted photo)
Hoping to bring some activity to an unflattering city-owned parking lot on Payne Avenue, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services teamed up with teens from the East Side and Minneapolis to bring some life and music to the open pavement.
Metropolitan State University may finally be able to complete their parking project — The Ramsey County District Court has granted the university title and possession of the property as of Oct. 26, although the property owner will be allowed to remove the house from the site before that date. (file photo)
Price tag unclear, owner may move Bates Ave. house
After years of wanting to buy out the quirky adobe home at 393 Bates Ave., Metropolitan State University officials announced they’ve been given the go ahead to acquire it.
The Ramsey County District Court has granted the university title and possession of the property as of Oct. 26, although the property owner will be allowed to remove the house from the site before that date.
Frezgi Hiskias and his wife Sihin cooked a chicken and lasagna dinner to share with Wally Wakefield. The families met through hospice and struck up a friendship and made known an incredible life story, “Striking it Lucky: A Biography of Pain and Resiliency from Eritrea to St. Paul.” (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Meeting hospice staffer leads to Wakefield book documenting lifetime quest
As a 13-year-old boy in Eritrea — a coastal African nation bordering Sudan, Ethiopia and the Red Sea — Frezgi Hiskias got caught in a thunderstorm while herding cattle back to his village.
As he and a friend sheltered under a tree, talking about how close they were to home — just a two-day journey — a bolt of lightning struck.
While e-cigarette sampling in tobacco shops will still be allowed under a new county ordinance, Ramsey County has prohibited indoor vaping anywhere smoking is already prohibited. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Two weeks after a public hearing in which all speakers were in favor of a Ramsey County draft ordinance banning the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking is already prohibited, the Ramsey County Board approved the ordinance Sept. 22.
Ronald “Arjo” Adams is shown in 2013 in his now demolished art park, which he made on a vacant parcel adjacent to his now-demolished home at 676 Wells St. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Claims to be sleeping in vacant Wells Street lot
His art park may now just be a hill, and his house may be demolished, but for Ronald "Arjo" Adams, the battle's not over yet.
His appeal of the St. Paul City Council's decision to demolish his house will be heard by the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Oct. 1 in downtown St. Paul.
East Siders Tony Yang (left) and Pa Xyen take turns shooting Tuj Lub tops at Wakefield Park in Maplewood. Their team, along with the other competitive teams in the Twin Cities, will soon have a chance to play on official courts being built by the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Tuj Lub courts under construction in St. Paul, Maplewood
On a mild, windy September day, six East Side Hmong men spent the entirety of their evening practicing the artful lawn sport of Tuj Lub at Wakefield Park in Maplewood.
Combining elements of bowling, bocce ball, shotput, a shooting range, and more, Tuj Lub has a small but strong following amongst Hmong men in the Twin Cities, as well as other parts of the U.S.
East Sider Nancy Finch stands before her home, which was repainted last week thanks to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program. Finch’s home served as the center of a kickoff event, celebrating 153 painting projects that were be done through Habitat for Humanity across the country during the week of Sept. 20 through 26. (submitted photo)
Payne-Phalen resident part of nationwide home improvement celebration
Over the past weekend, the modest Payne-Phalen homeowner Nancy Finch was the center of attention.
Over 100 volunteers stood in the street outside her house on the 1000 block of Greenbrier Street a block from Payne Avenue, kicking off a week-long national Habitat for Humanity event, where thanks to extra paint donations, the non-profit housing agency is getting 153 homeowners across the country a fresh coat of paint.