News from the Downtown Alliance
November 22, 2019
A note from the president

I want to call your attention to a piece on public safety that Joe Spartz and I authored this week . You can find more information below, but I want to emphasize that our recommendations come from extensive research of best practices to create a safer and more welcoming downtown.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner its worth pointing out that we have much to be thankful for in downtown Saint Paul, including a couple of new businesses and a birthday. Chuck and Don's opened it's doors in Lowertown this week; the Igloo Café on Saint Peter opened recently; and Beaningful Cafe just celebrated their first anniversary this week. I also want to make sure everyone has a chance to see this great piece from TPT that features Osborn370 and highlights the great community of businesses in the entire region.

Next week’s a short week, and the holiday season will be in full swing for downtown Saint Paul - we're looking forward to seeing our city decked out and lit up.

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Investing in public safety downtown
Early this week the Downtown Alliance and Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association co-authored an editorial which called out three critical investments needed to maintain a safe and vibrant downtown - a joint safety communications center, increased investment in the Community Ambassador Initi ative, and continued support of a business improvement district. We know that public safety is a key factor in attracting and retaining residents, employers, jobs, workers and visitors – and that our ability to further this kind of economic growth is at risk in Saint Paul. We were pleased to see the Mayor include some of these in his recommendations to the City Council on Wednesday.

Signs of winter downtown
Despite the frigid temperatures that set in weeks ago and may have tricked us into thinking winter had already arrived, those of us downtown know it's not really winter until the twinkle lights appear. Tomorrow evening, you can join friends and neighbors for the tree lighting and festivities in Rice Park. The event will include live music, plenty of photo opportunities and complimentary hot cider.

Be sure to make your calendars as well for December 6, when the east side of downtown gets the twinkle treatment at the Union Depot tree lighting and kick off of Hub for the Holidays . Events will run all through December at Union Depot and include train rides, movie nights, local shopping and more. Don't forget that December 6 is also the first night of Destination Winter at CHS Field, so come early and make an evening of it.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
What's happening coming up around Downtown Saint Paul
Tuesday Trivia | November 26 - Birch's Lowertown

Maggie Faris at Laugh Camp | November 27, Camp Bar

SIX | November 29 - December 1, The Ordway

Holiday Tree Lighting and Movie Night - December 6, Union Depot

Destination Winter Opening Night | December 6, CHS Field
Now open downtown
282 6th Street East
477 Saint Peter Street
444 Cedar Street, Suite 216
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