Downtown Parking Management Strategy Finalized

Saint Paul takes a look at new recommendations as six-month parking analysis concludes

SAINT PAUL – After six months of study, the City of Saint Paul is considering a wide variety of recommendations to improve the parking system downtown. Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, a nationally-recognized transportation consultant, was contracted by the city in August 2014 to document downtown’s current parking activities, examine expected future parking demand, and recommend a series of strategies to better manage and integrate parking in downtown’s multimodal transportation system.

Nelson/Nygaard studied downtown parking patterns, compared Saint Paul’s current parking practices with cities of comparable size throughout the country, and produced three technical memos with recommended strategies to better manage the downtown parking supply.

The City of Saint Paul will consider the wide variety of recommendations before moving forward with recommended action items. The public can view the summary report and three technical memoranda at

Details will be forthcoming in the following months as the planning process moves forward.

Save the Date – Annual Meeting



Save the date of Wednesday, June 24th for the Annual Meeting and June’s Community Happy Hour!

Invitation and details to follow


2015 State of the City Address – Thursday April 16

Line-up announced for live sampler of local music as part of Mayor Coleman’s 10th annual State of the City address

Evening events to be broadcast live via, residents encouraged to use #STPSampler on social media

SAINT PAUL – Mayor Chris Coleman today announced the full line-up of local musical artists who will join him in celebrating Saint Paul as part of his 10th annual State of the City address on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Local legends, from Heiruspecs to Jeremy Messersmith, will be performing a live sampler of their music in the Ordway’s brand new Concert Hall, which will be livestreamed via Residents are also encouraged to join artists and the Mayor in celebrating their city’s music scene by using the hashtag #STPSampler to share their favorite local artists, Saint Paul music venues and past performances.

The full list of performing artists includes:


WHERE:           Newly Opened Concert Hall at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota


WHEN:             Thursday, April 16, 2015

5:30 p.m. Social Hour *Refreshments available for purchase during social hour

6:00 p.m. – Program, speech and live music sampler featuring local artists


WHO:               Mayor Chris Coleman

City Council President Russ Stark

Musical Guests

LIVE STREAM: Live streaming of the event is available here:

The entire event is free and open to the public. The evening will begin with a reception and an opportunity to tour portions of the new space. Key members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will perform immediately preceding the Mayor’s address, with the live sampler performance beginning promptly after.


St. Paul (and Minneapolis) Home Tour April 25-26

Home improvement and preservation ideas at the
Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour April 25-26


The free, self-guided tour will feature remodeling ideas for every room in the house, plus historic homes, lofts and new spaces.


Issued April 15, 2015


More than 50 homes and special locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will be open during the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. The free, self-guided tour Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m., gives homeowners inspiration and ideas on how to improve their homes.


As the Tour marks 28 th year showing “real homes, real people, real ideas,” residents open their doors to show practical ideas for remodeling every room in the house, and creative ways of finding or adding useful space.


At many homes, contractors, architects, and other trades people are also available to talk with guests. Organizers are encouraging visitors to use social media, to Tweet and Instagram their tour experiences to help others make the most of the 11 hours the homes will be open.


The character of city living comes through in the tour’s tapestry of stories. Trending this year: While infill building is on the rise, the drive for historic preservation and restoration is stronger than ever. Enjoy hearing why these homeowners remodeled to stay in the neighborhoods they love.


Visitors will also get inside views of changes in the cities’ landscape, from lofts along the Green Line in Saint Paul to the Green Homes North in Minneapolis.


To plan a free, self-guided tour, visitors can go to or pick up a copy of the Home Tour Guides with maps and descriptions of all the homes at local libraries in Hennepin County (Minneapolis and inner-ring suburban), Saint Paul and Ramsey County. A PDF of the Guide is downloadable from the website.


The Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour, a celebration of city living, is sponsored by the City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development department, Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development, and various corporate and non-profit sponsors. For information, call Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874.