News from the Downtown Alliance
September 4, 2020
A note from the president

Friends,

Before we head into the long weekend, I want to send a message to the workers that will be celebrating this Labor Day weekend. To the essential workers who have continued to treat patients at any of our three health care campuses in downtown, or kept the energy and internet running, patrolled our downtown, responded to emergencies, or any of the many critical jobs that we depend on every day… Thank you. On behalf of all downtown, we are grateful for your labor. 

To the workers who, like me, can do some or most of your job from home, I want you to know that we miss you and can’t wait to have you back. You too are a critical part of our downtown. We know that this pandemic won’t last forever, and we are all looking forward to having you back on our streets, sidewalks, and skyways; back in our awesome restaurants and cafes; back collaborating and having unplanned conversations that spark big ideas; back having coffee; back watching shows, concerts, and games. 

I can’t wait for the time when we are all back in downtown together. Whenever its safe, I’m looking forward to the buzz and energy that comes from having a downtown full of all of our workers. In the meantime, if it's been a while since you've been downtown, drop in and grab a bite to eat. Say hi to your usual servers or pick up your favorite downtown treats. Whether you’ve been downtown or at home, we know you’ve been working hard and deserve it. 

Happy Labor Day and have a great weekend everyone!

Mask up and take care,

Joe Spencer
President
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance

P.S. Don't forget that the Lowertown Art Market continues this Sunday at CHS Plaza and Lowertown Local happens every Thursday evening in Mears Park.
Where to get your State Fair fix around downtown
Feel like you’re missing something this weekend? Something that might be a pronto pup. Or cheese curds. Or roasted corn.

Luckily several restaurants have taken on the task of bringing their own twists on State Fair food outside The Midway and into the curbside pick up line. Check out which restaurants around downtown (and one in greater Saint Paul for good measure) have limited editions menus available through this weekend.
Mac'n'cheese balls, corn dogs, cheese curds...
Available Labor Day weekend, call to order.
Hot chicken on a sitck, fried oreos, elote....
Available Labor Day weekend.
Roasted corn, cookies, turkey legs...
Available Friday night only.
Downtown infrastructure updates
Public Works has had a busy summer and will continue to work through September and October on various infrastructure projects around downtown, primarily north of 7th Street.. Here's a snapshot of what's happened so far and what to expect in the coming weeks as Phase II of the Downtown Pavement & Sidewalk Improvement Project continues.

Sidewalks - Replacements have been going on all summer and are expected to be completed by the end of September. A map of all sidewalk projects can be found here.

Mill & Overlay - Road closures due to mill and overlay projects are expected to begin in late September or early October. Crews hope to be able to do the majority of work during business hours but some work will occur on the weekends. No Parking signs will go up 24-hours in advance to give residents and workers notice. A map of all mill and overlay projects can be found here.

Capital City Bikeway - The next leg of the bikeway will be implemented on 10th Street from Dorothy Day Place to Jackson Street and on 9th Street from Jackson Street to Broadway Street. Several changes to 9th and 10th Streets will occur as the bikeway is added, including 10th Street between Cedar and Jackson becoming a one-way, westbound road, on-street parking being removed along the route and more. A map of the Capital City Bikeway route can be found here.

2019-2020 Annual Report
It's been an unusual 12 months that have challenged all of us, but we've also seen some amazing growth and successes.

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