This was a great week in downtown Saint Paul! The Friends of the Library hosted a fantastic event with author Eric Klinenberg talking about the importance of quality public spaces--libraries in particular. The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an amazing holiday party last night with downtown movers and shakers all in attendance. The Broadway-bound musical, SIX is getting all kinds of buzz so I’m excited to see that tonight! Come find me Monday for a review.
I’ll also note that the Downtown Alliance has been working with a number of downtown business leaders and property owners on measures that can increase safety and security outcomes in downtown. There is strong consensus about the need for a joint communications center or “Fusion Center.” Many thanks to the Mayor and City Council for including seed money in the 2020 budget to help get that project off the ground. There will be a lot of work ahead, but it’s a good start!
Finally, mark your calendars for February 4th! The Downtown Alliance will be kicking off our 2020 speaker series with a conversation featuring David Dixon about the future of downtowns. More details coming soon.
Have fun and be safe as you make your way around holiday parties and performances in downtown!
See you all around (down)town,
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance