News from the Downtown Alliance
February 7, 2019
A note from the president
Friends,
 
I love winter. I really and truly do. But with school cancellations and interminable commutes, I’m starting to wish these storms would come at more convenient times. Hang in there comrades, we’ll get through together.

I want to start by congratulating Jaime, Adam, Terry and the rest of the team at Visit Saint Paul for winning Best Integrated Marketing Campaign for their Insider’s Guide at this week's Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference! They do fantastic work to promote our favorite city, and the award is a great validation of their top-notch marketing!

I also want to take a moment to reflect on the passing of Larry Englund . Larry wasn’t just a music lover, clever writer, and all around great guy – Larry loved downtown and left his community stronger than he found it. From his work at Public Art Saint Paul and leading the Capital River Council to creating KBEM’s Saint Paul Live series, Larry did more than his share around here and he will be missed.

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
President
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Grabbing lunch with SPDA board member Jim Stolpestad
at the new Securian cafe in the 400 building
(Frederick Melo / Pioneer Press)
Union Depot stays open in cold
Last week's bitter cold temperatures posed unique and dangerous risks to the unsheltered population in our community. Faced with shelters at capacity Ramsey County officials and Catholic Charities worked together with the Union Depot to provide a safe place to stay overnight. Several local businesses, including Cassie's Deli and Spire Credit Union, provided warm meals. We're proud to be part of a community that comes together for the most vulnerable among us.

Join Mayor Carter for Imagine Our City conversations this month
Ahead of the State of the City address happening in March, Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Co-Chair Mayor Melvin Carter will be hosting listening sessions in collaboration with community partners around Saint Paul throughout the month of February. These Imagine Our City conversations are designed to give residents the opportunity to share their hopes and challenges for the year ahead, and learn more about new city programs. If you're unable to attend, you can still share your feedback using the link below.

2019 Winter Carnival ends on a high note
Another wonderful Winter Carnival came to a (fiery!) conclusion over the weekend as the Vulcans reclaimed their reign. Neighbors, friends and families work for months to provide ten days of parades, races, music and dancing, and even a cat show. Their hard work makes this quintessential Saint Paul event possible and we're thrilled to have taken part this year.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
Council President Brendmoen, Councilmember Busuri & Mayor Carter
Photo by Hwa Jeong Kim via Facebook