Downtown during evening rush hour

For as long as I can remember people have been concerned about the future and viability of downtown St. Paul.  In the last decade, we have seen a lot of investment in the area. The amount of housing has tripled in the last 15 years.

At the same time, there is a lot of vacant commercial space along the skyway and on the street. There is almost no retail and a glut of office and retail space. Our little downtown has been struggling for decades

My dad once owned a business on St. Peter street and even back then there were a lot of questions about the future of downtown.

Last Monday I walked downtown at 5:00 PM.  There has been little traffic because of the governors stay at home order. Even the library is closed and the parks are empty too.

Will downtown recover from COVID-19? Will the new restaurants near the ballpark survive? Is the housing downtown enough to keep the neighborhood vibrant?

Rush hour on Monday, May 11, 2020, 5:00 PM ish

St. Peter street
Saint Peter street looking South
6th and Washington downtown St. Paul
6th and Washington at Travelers Insurance
6th street downtown
6th street downtown

 

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One Reply to “Downtown during evening rush hour”

  1. It’s so sad to see towns and cities around the country looking like that….

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