Arts Walk Wabasha Block Party

A Free Lunch Hour Event on Downtown Wabasha Street on Wednesday, July 24

On Wednesday, July 24th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, the businesses and organizations of Wabasha Street between the State Capitol and the Mississippi River haAWWve organized a lunch hour packed with free and discounted food options and entertainment up and down Wabasha Street in downtown Saint Paul.  “Chicks on Sticks,” a stilt-walking troupe, will be high-stepping down Wabasha alongside professional hula hoopers and a dance-off put on by renowned breakers in the Twin Cities. The McNasty Brass Band, of McNally Smith College of Music, will provide the soundtrack for the lunch hour.

This is an invitation to the public to eat on the street and join fellow community members who live, work in and love Saint Paul to mix it up on Wabasha for a special block party. Our goal is to gather our downtown neighborhood to help us imagine a new future for Wabasha Street. This event is hosted by Wabasha Partners, a new community group, consisting of residents, city planners, entrepreneurs, businesses and art-civic organizations. After meeting for over a year the group has developed an idea that was entered in the Forever Saint Paul $1 Million Challenge and has become one of 30 semi-finalists to make Saint Paul great. The concept known as ARTS WALK WABASHA is a dream for a mile-long pedestrian and bike friendly corridor, connecting arts, culture and creative storefront businesses from the Mississippi River to the State Capitol.

This event is FREE and open to the public and will happen rain or shine. For more information about Arts Walk Wabasha check out Like us on and follow us on twitter @ArtsWalkWabasha.

What’s in Your Storage Room?

CapitolRiver Council is working on a downtown event to collect some of those things that accumulate because they’re difficult to dispose of.  Old televisions, mattresses, that recliner that no longer reclines, you get the idea.  Before we can put together the right event, we need to know what kinds of things are taking up space in your storage space!  There are a couple ways you can let us know: take a (very, very short) survey by following this link, or head over to the forums and join the conversation by clicking here:  If you can, please do this before August 12th.


More Overnight Construction

Overnight construction work for the Central Corridor Light Rail in downtown St Paul resumes next week.  Beginning July 8 and continuing through July 13, overnight work including hanging the overhead catenary wire will occur.  The work will occur along Cedar Street from 7th Street intersection and move down the light rail line and through the 5th/Cedar Street intersection.  This work will take place in the guideway and through the intersections.  There will not be any sidewalk, lane or full intersection closures during this work.  If needed, for public safety, there may be lane reductions through the intersections.  The work will generally take place as follows:

  • July 8 – July 10 – Cedar Street – 7th Street to 6th Street
  • July 9 – July 11 – Cedar Street – 6th Street to 5th Street
  • July 10 – July 13 – Cedar Street – 6th Street through 5th Street intersection

The overnight work will begin at 10:00 p.m. and go through the night until 7:00am each day (Monday PM through Saturday AM).

Construction vehicles will have an audible “beep” for when vehicles back up; this beeping must remain on for safety regulations.  Additional lighting may be added to the work zone to assist in a safe and efficient environment.   Please contact Dana Happel at the Central Corridor Project Office with any questions: 651-602-1954, or


Ramsey County Parking Lot at Development Review

Interested in the County’s plans to put in a parking lot south of Kellogg starting at Sibley?  This includes the creation of 200 new parking spots on the very east end of the lot which was previously undeveloped.   Site plans will be presented at the next meeting of the Development Review Committee on Tuesday, July 9th at 7:30AM (US Bank Center, 1st floor conference room).  Feel free to contact the CRC office for more information.

Ramsey Cty Lot