News from the Downtown Alliance
September 17, 2021
A note from the president

This week's event schedule is truly chockablock with fun. We've highlighted several below but I would be remiss to not call out the fact that Twin Cities Jazz Fest returns in-person to downtown this weekend. Two of my favorite musicians, Emmet Cohen and Delfeayo Marsalis are headlining in Mears Park tonight and tomorrow night respectively, and dozens of other artists will be performing throughout Lowertown. The full schedule can be found here.

Twin Cities Startup Week is also kicking off its in-person return today and running through next Friday. Like so many other conferences, Startup Week went virtual last year, but we're thrilled to see sessions taking place across downtown Saint Paul, from Osborn370 to Wellworth. I'd encourage everyone to check out what they've got planned, you don't need to be a tech entrepreneur to find something relevant to your work.

Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey about the first year of our Downtown Improvement District programming. Whether you're already back in the office or still working from home the SPDID would like to hear from you! Your feedback is critical as we plan for the future and reflect on our progress so far. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes and you'll have the option to enter a drawing for a $50 gift card as a thank you for your time.

Keep reading for lots more news from downtown, including a great story WCCO did on downtown, and a round up of other upcoming events.

Enjoy the weekend,

Joe Spencer
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
News from around downtown

"This summer’s crime rate in downtown Saint Paul was the lowest in at least five years. “We were 23% below last year’s crime rates and we’re 10% below the five-year average,” said Joe Spencer, the president of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance. The alliance looked at overall crime statistics during the months of June, July and August dating back to 2017."

"The designation, which improved from No. 26 a year ago, comes as Saint Paul officials and civic boosters have launched initiatives to enhance safety and cleanliness, increase downtown apartment options and help homeless people find supportive housing."

"With multiple local bus routes poised to move onto Minnesota and Cedar streets, and then later onto Robert Street, Metro Transit has launched an online survey asking riders whether to keep them on Robert indefinitely or eventually move them back."

"The air at Friday night's opening concert of the SPCO's 2021-22 season hummed with excitement, and, despite performing before an indoor audience for the first time in 18 months, the orchestra showed no signs of rust."

"Concerts take place the third Friday of each month through December in the Landmark Center’s F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium in downtown Saint Paul. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a cocktail hour with a cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door or $70 for a full-season package."

"Dance powerhouse Maia Maiden has been instrumental in bringing street-style dancing and movement rooted in African culture to the mainstream, wowing Twin Cities audiences with popular showcases such as "Rooted: A Hip-Hop Choreographer's Evening."

Now, Maiden is stepping into a new role as director of arts learning and community engagement at the Ordway Center for the Arts."

"Saint Paul and Minneapolis are testing the waters of the bike-sharing market to see if they can attract a bike and scooter vendor for both cities. The Saint Paul City Council recently approved the prospect of issuing a joint request for proposals to that effect, with the goal of potentially rolling out shared services sometime next year."
#WelcomeBackStPL events & news this week
What a week! This week truly has something for everyone: food and drink from Veg Fest this weekend to the Beer Paddler next, music from jazz in Pedro Park to Guns N' Roses at the X, and our first-ever roller disco next Friday in Rice Park. And this just scratches the surface!

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

  • September 17-18: Twin Cities Jazz Fest | Lowertown
  • September 17: Grand Opening | KJ's Hideaway
  • September 17: Vinai & Company | Farmers' Market
  • September 19: Iranian Culture Festival | Landmark Center
  • September 19: Maz Jobrani | Ordway
  • September 19: Ken Takata & Friends | Pedro Park
  • September 21: Guns N' Roses | Xcel Energy Center
  • September 22: Food Truck Wednesday | Rice Park
  • September 22: Harry Styles | Xcel Energy
  • September 23: Harry Potter Drive In Movie | Union Depot
  • September 24: Roller Disco in the Park | Rice Park
  • September 24: Beer Paddler | Paddelford River Boats

Be sure to check for full details, new events are also added daily!
Snap, Tag, Win!
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.
@dezzydezign posted this awesome selfie on Instagram and won $50 to her favorite downtown restaurant!
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Downtown has a lot going on these days and we're not slowing down anytime soon.

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