News from the Downtown Alliance
February 7, 2020
A note from the president
Hello Friends,

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 and 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,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
With David Dixon after our first 2020 Engagement Series event.
New apartment project coming to Lowertown
A new apartment building in Lowertown is expected to be underway by this summer. Plans for The Gallery St. Paul, a five-story 140-unit building from Chase Realty, were released this week. The project, expected to cost $25 million, will occupy the southeast corner of 9th and Wacouta streets, currently a surface parking lot across the street from Wacouta Commons. The project is currently projected to open Fall 2021.

Remember the Greatest Day together in downtown
On February 22 downtown Saint Paul will celebrate the 40th anniversary of what many consider to be the greatest day in USA sports history. The Greatest Day Celebration will pay tribute to Herb Brooks' legacy and the 1980 U.S. men’s gold medal winning Olympic hockey team and their victory over the USSR. The all-day event is free, family friendly, and will include a parade through downtown, hockey games, an opportunity for Olympic athlete autographs and more. The Greatest Day Celebration also marks the official close of Destination Winter, so take the chance to get one more run on the Super Slide in.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
Events coming up around Downtown Saint Paul
Apollo: When We Went to the Moon exhibit | thru May 10, Science Museum of Minnesota

Saint Paul Home and Patio Show | February 14, RiverCentre
Now open downtown
289 East Fifth Street
275 4th Street East
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Cover photo by Jeff Schad .