News from the Downtown Alliance
November 5, 2021
A note from the president

This week I want to begin by congratulating Mayor Carter and the winning slate of school board candidates on their election, and also thank all the candidates and voters for participating in this year’s election. The notion that “all politics is local” has been around as long as democracy itself, and yet voter turnout consistently disappoints in our “off-year” local elections. Last year (2020), there were 152,614 votes cast in Saint Paul. This year, it only took 30,965 votes to enact an ordinance that threaten our goals for growth and density in downtown Saint Paul. This is an unfortunate reminder that voting is especially important in our odd-numbered local election years. We will be working closely with our partners at the Saint Paul Area Chamber to track the impacts of this ordinance on residential investments in our city. With so much lingering uncertainty around the implementation, enforcement and long-term impact of this ordinance, we are concerned about the likely chilling effect it will have on creating new units. The Mayor has promised to revise and improve the law, and we will be working with him and the city council to add an exemption for new units so downtown can resume its residential growth.
In other news around downtown, it was exciting to participate in a walking tour with the Great River Passage and internationally renowned design team Field Operations to begin the schematic design process for the River Balcony. Especially exciting is the RiversEdge project that will physically connect downtown to the Mississippi River with its magnificent staired terrace over the streets and railroad. This project will realize the vision that’s been talked about for generations of connecting to the river. 
As cooler temps send much of our activity indoors, the good news is that our venues have calendars that are heating up. Whether its Wild hockey, improv comedy, classical music or Americana concerts, there is still a lot of activity in downtown Saint Paul. Check out the info below…

Take care,
Joe Spencer
European Christmas Market returns to Union Depot this year
We're thrilled that the European Christmas Market announced this week that not only will they be back in person this year but also that they'll be expanding their footprint at Union Depot and have added a weekend of festivities. This year you'll be able to shop from new and returning favorite vendors, sip traditional gluhwein, and take in the entire atmosphere for four weekends from November 26 - December 19.

Events around downtown this week
If you don't want to wait until the end of the month to get a jump on holiday shopping, swing by Union Depot this Saturday for the MN Christmas Market to browse handmade goods from local artisans and makers.

This week also promises a great line up of live music across downtown. Some, but not all, shows still have tickets available - sorry if you missed your shot at scoring a seat to the Danish String Quartet! Check out the link below to learn more.

Here's a glance at what else is coming up:

  • November 4-5: Billy Strings at the Palace
  • November 5: Second City Comedy at the Ordway
  • November 6: MN Christmas Market | Union Depot
  • November 6: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood | Fitzgerald Theater
  • November 6-7: (SOLD OUT) Danish String Quartet | Schubert Club at the Ordway
  • November 7: MN Wild vs NY Islanders | Xcel Energy Center
  • November 10: Richard Johnson | Fitzgerald Theater
  • November 13: Open Library Celebration & Open House | George Latimer Central Library

Be sure to check for full details.
Feedback wanted:
Commuter transportation patterns and preferences
COVID-19 has dramatically changed how and when we move about the city, particularly to office-based employment downtown. 
Recognizing this, Move Minnesota and the City of Saint Paul have developed a short survey to try to understand downtown Saint Paul worker transportation patterns and preferences. If you consider yourself (or your organization) a current or potential future downtown worker, please take this survey.

Additionally, please consider sharing the link with relevant individuals within your organization . Move Minnesota is offering a drawing for two gift cards as a small token of our appreciation.
The information gathered from the survey will be used to develop modern policies and projects which support evolving transportation needs.

Snap, Tag, Win!
Ignore the score! Did you catch the letters during the Wild broadcast?
The #WelcomeBackStPL statue is still moving around downtown, making stops at our favorite parks, venues and destinations.

You’re likely to run into it at one of our events, or you may stumble upon it out of the blue. Either way, we want to see your pictures showing off your StPL pride!

To participate:

  • SNAP a picture with the statue - a selfie, a shot of your dog, or just admiring the scenery, we love them all!
  • TAG us in your post - use #WelcomeBackStPL and @StPLdowntown on your favorite social channel.
  • WIN - each tag gets you entered to win a downtown gift card. Winners are selected randomly.
Follow downtown Saint Paul on social media
Downtown has a lot going on these days and we're not slowing down anytime soon.

Make sure you don't miss anything by following along on each of our channels:
Downtown restaurant and retail options
Stumped for where to order dinner from these days? Or who has a patio to visit?

Have questions?

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