NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Rondo-opoly, which was recently introduced by the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, may or may not be the newest version since the game of Monopoly was created in the early part of the 20th century. But according to its inventors, it is the only one featuring the history of Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, the largely Black community that was riven in two in the 1960s by the construction of I-94.

The demolition of the city’s former Public Safety Annex could occur by the end of the year, triggering the development of Pedro Park on 10th and Robert streets in downtown Saint Paul. That was welcome news to most of the 60-plus residents who filled a meeting room at Keys Cafe on July 25. They have waited for more than two decades for the development of Pedro Park to begin.

The Saint Paul City Council voted unanimously on July 20 to use $10 million from the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) on a wide variety of public safety-related initiatives. The approval came days after Mayor Melvin Carter announced the efforts during a press conference at the Frogtown Community Center.

Along with spending $10 million on public safety, the Saint Paul City Council allocated $15.3 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds on July 20 for workforce programs and another $340,299 to write down the cost of business licenses.

ELECTION 2022

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Voters across the neighborhoods served by MyVillager will head to the polls on Tuesday, August 9, to choose among candidates for U.S. representative, governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state senator, state representative, county commissioner and county attorney.

DFL partisans will head to the polls on August 9 to choose among three candidates for the Minnesota Senate in District 65. Sheigh Freeberg and Zuki Ellis are challenging incumbent Senator Sandy Pappas’ bid for another four-year term.

DFLers Maria Isa Perez-Hedges and Anna Botz are running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 65B for the seat that is being vacated by Carlos Mariani, who is not seeking re-election after 16 terms.

A referendum calling for a new property tax levy in Saint Paul to pay for early childhood education and child care for low-income households will not be on the ballot this November after all.

Listening House’s plan to convert a former restaurant at 421 E. Seventh St. into a drop-in day shelter for homeless people is moving forward with the offer of a $1.4 million forgivable loan from the city of Saint Paul.

The Saint Paul City Council voted on July 27 to waive the petition requirement for an expansion of the commercial development district in Highland Village to include all of the property that is being developed on the site of the former Ford Motor Company assembly plant.

Katelyn Mariah of Merriam Park has been a believer in the healing power of art for quite some time. And at no time was that truer than after her recovery from five heart attacks and open-heart surgery.

The Saint Paul City Council on July 20 approved the first exemption to the 3 percent cap on annual rent increases as mandated by the city’s new rent control ordinance. Landlords Jim and Matthew Lindquist were granted permission for a 15 percent increase in the rent they charge tenants at their 12-unit apartment building at 1029 Raymond Ave.

The City Council will be reviewing a staff proposal this week on how to amend Saint Paul’s new rent control ordinance. Among the recommendations are retention of the 3 percent cap on annual rent increases but with an exemption for up to 20 years for new construction.

Two Saint Paul tenants have appealed to the City Council for relief from recent rent increases of almost 8 percent made by their landlord, Dominium Properties. They are the first tenant appeals under Saint Paul’s new rent control ordinance, which took effect on May 1.

VIEWPOINT

Two views of city of Saint Paul’s proposal to move Summit Avenue bikeway off-street

The city of Saint Paul presented ideas in June about possible ways to change Summit Avenue’s on-street bike lanes to off-street bike paths. Essentially, the position of the parked cars and the existing bike lanes would be switched. The parked cars and curbs would be moved inward, next to the driving lanes, narrowing the street. The bikeways would be moved outside of the parked cars and up to curb height. It would make the bike lanes parking-protected, off-street bike paths.

The city of Saint Paul’s regional trail planning exercise for Summit Avenue is on a path for an irresponsible solution more dangerous for bicyclists and at the highest possible cost to taxpayers. For 2.5 of Summit Avenue’s 4.5 miles, the regional trail that planners are proposing is the most dangerous road facility for bicyclists, according to an Insurance Industry Highway Safety (IIHS) report comparing bike facility types and roadway conditions.

EDUCATION

A new Saint Paul charter school endorsed by Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher could likely be one of the first of its kind in the country for attracting students interested in public service and law enforcement careers.

ON THE TOWN

Macalester-Groveland pianist Larry McDonough and Highland Park guitarist Joel Shapira honor the recordings  of two of their favorite jazz artists with their new CD, “Intermodulating Undercurrents Live at the Kos: The Music of Bill Evans and Jim Hall.”


SPORTS

Although it wasn’t quite as productive on offense this year as it’s been in the past, the Saint Paul Capitals men’s Class A amateur baseball team found itself right where it wanted to be as the postseason commenced late last week.

MORE NEWS

Who’s the real Sherlock Holmes? That’s the mystery to solve in Jeffrey Hatcher’s new play, Holmes and Watson, running through August 21 on the proscenium stage at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place. The drama opens with Dr. Watson receiving a telegram from a mental asylum where three patients (above) are all claiming to be the intrepid Holmes. Bruce Roach, Pearce Bunting, Paul de Cordova and Peter Simmons star. Michael Evan Haney directs. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, call 651-291-7005 or visit parksquaretheatre.org. dan norman photography
Old habits can be hard to break. Just ask Mark Courtney. For the past 45 years, Courtney has been the glue holding everything together for the 56 grade schools that make up the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) in his role as the nonprofit organization’s athletic director.

FEATURED PHOTO

Summer treat

Claire Shirilla, 12, licks her fingers after being handed an ice cream cone as friend Leona Diebel, 10, looks on during an ice cream and pie social sponsored by the women of Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church on July 21. The event raised money for Emma Norton’s new Restoring Waters supportive housing building at Highland Bridge.

Photo by Brad Stauffer

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District Councils August 3, 2022

Highland Park highlanddistrictcouncil.org • 651-695-4005 Transportation Fair—The Highland District Council will hold a Transportation Information Fair from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, at the Minnesota JCC’s Capp Center, 1375 Saint Paul Ave. Presenters will include the Minnesota Department of Transportation on

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CAA director steps down after 45 years

The Wright Call By Dave Wright Old habits can be hard to break. Just ask Mark Courtney. For the past 45 years, Courtney has been the glue holding everything together for the 56 grade schools that make up the Catholic

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On the Town Briefly, August 3, 2022

Music Djembe Joy, a class in hand drumming for beginners, will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, at the Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave. The cost is $15. Drums are provided. Masks are required. Visit womensdrumcenter.org. Summer

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Letters to the Editor, August 3, 2022

Rent control is still a bad idea Why do politicians keep digging up old, bad ideas? Rent control was buried by most cities decades ago because it doesn’t work. I own and live in a duplex in the Summit Hill

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