Thank you to everyone who made it out to hear David Dixon speak at our first event of the year. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces interested in learning more about national and local trends affecting downtowns. David spoke about the continued need to bring residents as well as businesses into our downtown. Downtowns will continue to experience increased demand in the coming decades as the demand for multifamily housing rises with demographic and job industry changes. David also reminded us of the importance of keeping equity and inclusion at the forefront of our minds. The most successful downtowns are not those whose exclusive focus is on economic indicators, but those who balance inclusion, vibrancy
economics. His work on this subject can be found in the
Downtown Vitality Index
a tool that we have found to be incredibly valuable in our work to drive jobs and vitality into downtown Saint Paul.
As we come off of another year where King Boreas continued his losing streak (he’s 0 – 134), we have some more winter fun coming up in a couple of weeks. Come out and commemorate all the local heroes who upset the Russian hockey team 40 years ago at the Miracle On Ice. More information on that below.
We're looking forward to providing more opportunities to engage in the coming year, so be sure to keep and eye out for announcements about upcoming events.
See you all around (down)town,
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance