With rapid snow melt causing the Mississippi River to rise, St. Paul officials are bracing for spring flooding. Road closures along Shepard Road are expected as soon as Sunday. The St. Paul Police Department is temporarily moving its impound lot from Barge Channel Road to a site near Maplewood Mall. And parts of Harriet Island might soon be submerged. Meanwhile, St. Paul Parks and Recreation on Wednesday closed Lilydale Regional Park, Crosby Farm Regional Park and Hidden Falls Regional Park, said Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Clare Cloyd, because of rising river water. “It’s really the public infrastructure in Lowertown that’s the greatest concern — the parks and some of the government facilities,” said St. Paul Emergency Management director Rich Schute. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Tuesday declared a state of local emergency, which was affirmed Wednesday by a vote of the city council. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? What does that mean? In a nutshell, rapid … [Read more...] about St. Paul declares state of emergency as snow melt pushes up Mississippi River levels
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The city of St. Paul and Minneapolis have declared snow emergencies after an overnight storm socked the metro with several inches of snow — enough to make shoveling a chore and driving a bit of a hazard. Your marching orders for the morning as the skies clear: Be careful out there, and watch where you park. The snow emergencies in both cities temporarily put on hold winter-parking restrictions that had been put into place as accumulated snow narrowed streets, making it difficult for rescue and law-enforcement vehicles to get through. Snowfall totals overnight varied widely in and around the metro, from 2.4 inches in St. Paul and 4.7 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to 6.2 inches in Northeast Minneapolis and 6.9 inches in Chanhassen, according to the National Weather Service. This is wet and heavy snow, so be sure to take it slow and easy with that shovel. Your ticker will thank you. Outstate, snowfall reached or exceeded a foot in some places. Accumulation … [Read more...] about St. Paul, Minneapolis declare snow emergencies as overnight storm drops several inches
Not long ago, Roger Hess began toying with the idea that maybe it was time to part with 100 years of family history. The fourth-generation business owner is still considering putting up for sale the lakeside commercial building that for generations has housed the Hess Hair Milk barber supply company at 1911 Rice St. His hope is that a federally designated “Opportunity Zone” around Lake McCarrons, intended to boost private investment in low-income areas, will do exactly that. “As far as I know, it’s another reason for someone to buy your property,” said Hess on Tuesday, acknowledging that what he knows about the federal “Opportunity Zone” effort is limited. Proponents believe that those with a few thousand dollars coming their way from the sale of stocks, bonds or real estate, Ramsey County’s urban and industrial areas might just be the investment opportunity they’re looking for. In fact, there are 18 census tracts across St. Paul … [Read more...] about Federal incentives could spike development in distressed parts of St. Paul. Here’s where
The cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis declared snow emergencies Sunday as the state was buffeted by high winds and overnight snow that whipped about, leading to motorist mayhem in some parts of the state. A winter-storm warning in the metro expired on Sunday afternoon, but authorities continued to warn against unnecessary road travel amid blowing snow and reduced visibility. The weather service on Sunday morning reported 2.9 inches in Chanhassen as snow moved off to the east on Sunday morning, and 3.5 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. But the heavy winds remained with gusts sometimes approaching 50 miles per hour. “It’s been a while since we’ve seen a winter storm with winds this strong,” the National Weather Service’s Twin Cities office in Chanhassen said in a tweet. “Please stay off the roads tonight. If you must travel, bring warm clothes, a charged cell phone, and tell someone where you’re going and when you … [Read more...] about St. Paul, Minneapolis declare snow emergencies as state hit by snow, high winds. Bitter cold coming.
They want more housing density, taller buildings, apartments on top of apartments, street-level retailers and tap rooms in residential areas, and public transit to connect it all. They dream of building better bike lanes. The e-scooter thing works for them. With a mantra of “upzoning,” or “denser, taller, faster, more,” they just might be YIMBYs. That’s YIMBY — as in “yes in my back yard”: advocates for urban redevelopment who prefer pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks over large parking lots. They have turned their backs on suburban-style housing and retail designed for cars, but embraced prospects for a 100-unit apartment building next to a transit station near their home. You could say they’re the opposite of a NIMBY — as in “not in my back yard.” Then there are the NUMTOTs. Never heard of them? The “new urbanist meme/transit-oriented teen” community on Facebook, Twin Cities NUMTOT, has grown … [Read more...] about YIMBYs — ‘yes in my back yard’ — challenge St. Paul housing, biking, status quo