St. Paul is a confusing city if you are new to it. Our streets are no alphabetical, strait, or on a grid, but that isn’t the most confusing part.
The city has a West End and a West Side which are two different neighborhoods separated by one river. Those new to St. Paul lump the two neighborhoods together.
The West End is on the same side of the river as downtown St. Paul and is West of downtown and sometimes called the “west 7th”, after Fort Road which runs from Fort Snelling to downtown and is also called West 7th street.
The West Side is south of downtown and on the other side of the river. When a St. Paulite refers to “the river” they mean the Mississippi River of course.
There is no East St. Paul, the term was made up by the new media many years ago. There is an East Side of St. Paul which is the neighborhood that is East of downtown and on the same side of the river as downtown.
There is a North St. Paul which is actually a separate city and not part of St. Paul and there is a North End that is North of downtown and North of the River too.
South St. Paul is outside the city limits of St. Paul and the most southern part of St. Paul is in the Highwood neighborhood which is also a neighborhood that extends to the Eastern boundary or St. Paul.
If you don’t want to learn all of that and want to pass as a native you have to know the difference between the West End and the West Side and that there is an Eastside and not an East-end or an East St. Paul.
There is a bend in the river that kind of messes things up but we are used to it.
The map shows the main neighborhoods but within them there are sub-neighborhoods. I believe there are 119 sub-neighborhoods but who is counting?
Also see: St. Paul District councils