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Two months ago, the Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) announced its plans to demolish the historic Hamline Midway Library, claiming that the decision was the result of “extensive work with … more
In Saint Paul, we know that libraries are about people. They are community gathering spaces, safe havens, and places where access, connection, and opportunity merge together. Whether you’re … more
Black Philanthropy Month is an invitation for our community to engage in Harambee which means “let’s pull together.” Together, we can have a great impact on our local community and … more
One of the best things about the Midway is that is has always been a melting pot. University Avenue, like so many Main Streets throughout the country 100 years ago and now, has been a home to … more
“It is not that I belong to the past, but the past that belongs to me.” ~ Mary Antin “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of … more
It was an astonishing idea. Spend $100,000 in 1873 to buy 260 acres of land, including Como Lake, a lake that was little more than a large swamp at the time? Crazy as it sounded, that’s exactly … more
I am part of a group of neighbors near the State Fair. After gun shots were fired on a neighbor’s lawn in 2021 (during a parking dispute), we decided to band together to work towards a safer … more
I am a staff attorney at Standpoint. In case you aren’t familiar with us, we are a non-profit (located in St. Paul right on University Avenue, but we offer our services statewide) that provides … more
I am saddened to learn our elected city officials have decided to misspend taxpayers’ money to demolish this beautiful old building. Our elected officials, not just city but also state, seem to … more
Throughout the history of the Midway neighborhood, manufacturing has held a very important place. As technology and products have changed, so, too, has the evolution of the buildings and the … more
Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute is proud to announce that James Johnson is the winner of our Writing for Social Change Competition. His children’s book, “Ol’ … more
Renovate 1558 is heartbroken by the decision by St. Paul Public Library (SPPL) to tear down the historic Hamline Midway Library, a choice that needlessly divides our neighborhood by demolishing a … more
In the 20th century, we made major public investments to transform the metro Mississippi River for commercial and industrial purposes. However, some of that old infrastructure is no longer useful, … more
Two weeks ago our community learned that St. Paul Public Library (SPPL) is considering two options regarding the future of the Hamline Midway Library: a renovation and expansion design that SPPL is … more
The Minnesota Twins recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut in Major League Baseball. Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute was represented during the … more
The rise of school shootings and school shooting threats within the last five years in the United States has left school officials and law enforcement in a state of perplexity in attempting to … more
You may have heard the phrase from a certain famous local singer that sometimes it snows in April (and if you haven’t, check your social media feed literally every time a snowflake falls this … more
Inclusive leadership is more important than ever, and includes more than recognizing cultural, ethnic, and gender differences. It is critical for companies and organizations that want to attract and … more
“Studies show that have three options to a problem yield better results, than having only two.” This admonishment from one of my professors, when I was studying for my MBA, came to mind … more
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