It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I am sure most people in St. Paul have heard of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival but have you heard of the Autonomous Snow Plow Competition? Yes there is such a thing and people, like me even, stand around and watch it. The idea is to create a machine that will scoop up snow. They are like snow removal robots. The races are timed and I am not sure who this years winner is/was but that isn’t the point. Watching it makes me feel good about the future and the young people who are involved in the design and deployment of these robots that have such an important mission.
autonomous snow removal
As you can see I wasn’t the only one out there on Sunday morning watching. There was indeed a carnival like atmosphere.
Vendor in Rice Park
I didn’t eat any cheese curds or drink any hot chocolate but I did buy a bag of kettle corn for the walk home.
We all know foreclosures are down. That is old news. They were alarmingly high for awhile now there are fewer but too many and there is help. Maybe 2016 will be like 2015 and we will see decreases each quarter.
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“Minnesota created the most jobs in 2015. The state boasts a 3.5 percent unemployment rate and more than 40,000 jobs were added last year alone, with the largest employment gains centered in education and health, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.” – Gallup
Booming job markets lead to booming real estate markets. Lets just hope that the jobs pay well enough so that people can actually afford housing and parking.
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Real estate is local and that is why I publish home sales and prices by St. Paul neighborhood each month. Here are some numbers for home sales in St. Paul over the last 12 months. I tried to answer the questions that I get asked the most often. 97.6 and 99.4 are the average percentage of the original and final list prices paid by buyers for homes. I highly encourage buyers to do their due diligence. If a home is over priced by 10% please don’t pay 99.4% of the asking price.
The home sellers I work with always want to know how long it will take to sell their home. The numbers provided are averages.
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Happy Ground hogs day!
Each St. Paul neighborhood has it’s own personality. There are people in every neighborhood who will tell you their neighborhood is the best. I always find that amusing because my neighborhood really is the best. 😉
The people who live near Grand avenue in the Summit Hill neighborhood were able to persuade the city not to put parking meters along Grand avenue. They had all sorts of great reasons for not wanting meters. Some of those reasons had to do with how the meters might look and some business owners were concerned that having to pay for parking could hurt their businesses.
Recently a whole bunch of parking meters were installed in the West 7th neighborhood along West 7th street. I am not sure how it all came down. I can’t find any news articles about it and I don’t think there was a community protest. After all they are just meters not rail tracks.
I do know that those meters will generate revenue for the city and that the West 7th community and it’s businesses are strong and vibrant and the meters will not have a negative impact on them. I am not sure how they will impact the character of the historic buildings as they will be competing with several other modern amenities that we never should have allowed on the street.
Parking on West 7th
Parking meter on west 7th
The building in the background is one of the oldest in St. Paul. It is kind of hard to see the meters in front of it because of where the cars are parked. I took the photos on a Sunday morning.
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Always fun to go to the Winter carnival parade which is being held today from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The parade starts on West 7th street at Smith avenue and goes East to Rice Park in downtown St. Paul. Always a good time and it will be warm this year. It could get up to 40 so you might want to lose the winter coat and wear shorts and flip flops. I remember attending one parade a couple of years ago where wind chills made a lovely 2 below zero feel like 20 below yet people came to see the parade as we always do.
Hi and Lex