Taylors Falls is so close

If you are looking for a place to go that is close to the Twin cities consider visiting Taylors Falls. We went there a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed walking through pothole park (Interstate Park) and we on the paddle boat ride on the St. Croix River.

Taylors Falls is especially beautiful in the fall and is one of my favorite place to go and take pictures of fall colors . . . not that we need to think about fall in the middle of summer.

St. Croix river
St. Croix river

Minnesota is a beautiful state.

Immigration – no going back

Immigration sculture
Sculpture in Hamm’s park

The sculpture is made up of suite cases, duffle bags, backpacks, and roller bags and is located in Hamm park on East 7th street a few blocks East of Maria street.  It is part of an art project around immigration. There are more details on the Indigenous Roots web site.

I know the East Side of St. Paul well it was where I grew up and went to school. At the time it was what people called a “working class” neighborhood and it was mostly white. The neighborhood is a lot more diverse these days partly because of immigration.

In my family, I am the third generation to be born in this country but the first generation came from Quebec, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.  I can understand and read some French but do not know any Polish and I know very little about Czechoslovakia.

I don’t think it would be very easy to go back to where I came from.  We are a country of immigrants, we invaded and took over from indigenous people, who also immigrated long, long ago.

If you haven’t seen the sculpture check it out. On the wall behind the suitcases, they have started putting up pictures of immigrants and some of their stories.

Stop for me

stickers
stop for me

Stop For Me is a yearlong campaign to improve safety for people who use St. Paul’s sidewalks and cross our streets. The campaign is organized by St. Paul’s 17 district councils, St. Paul Smart Trips and the St. Paul Police.

Last week I participated in a Stop For Me event. A few neighbors and a police officer crossed the street at an intersection on West 7th street. We crossed a few times. Drivers who did not stop were pulled over by the police. I believe they issued four citations and caught one drunk driver.

The Law:  “Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights. Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.”

There was a large orange sign nearby that said “enforcement area”.

Only three in 10 drivers in Saint Paul stop for people crossing the streets at non-signaled crosswalks, according to city researchers. From what I observed it was more like 7 out of 10 drivers stopped.

I talked to a couple of neighbors who stopped by and each of them commented on how dangerous crossing the street can be.

Stop For Me is part of an initiative to make walking safer in St. Paul.