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by David Lamb  “This is where I used to live,” Linda Garrett sometimes tells her grandchildren as they zip down I-94 through St. Paul. But instead of gesturing at one of the fenced-in homes along Concordia Avenue or toward any number of other streets that overlook the highway, she points down at the roadway itself. In the late 1950s...
Voices of the West Endby Jerry Rothstein This is the first installment of Voices of the West End, a new series in which neighbors discuss essential questions of policy, development, culture, community values and justice that deeply affect our lives. The format includes a kickoff essay followed by responses, with a diversity of perspectives reported. Topics can be revisited when...

Thermostats and norms

Building CommunityThermostats and norms    No one had touched the thermostat, but within minutes of his beginning to speak one could literally feel the chill in the room. He came to the meeting with what one might fairly assume were good intentions. He began by offering praise for the work we were doing, how needed it is and...
West End Healthline By Jonathan Colin Rizo, MD, PGY2In December 2020, The BioNTech-Pfizer BNT162b2 and Moderna mRNA 1273 vaccines were granted emergency use authorization for the prevention of COVID-19. The rapid development of these new vaccines was expedited in part because of previous gains made in the research for the vaccines used to prevent SARSs and MERS, both of...

Federation Update

FEDERATION UPDATE 882 West 7th, Suite 6   fortroadfederation.org  Board UpdateAt the January meeting, they heard a request for support of changing a portion of the exterior material of The Alvera apartments being built at 337 West 7th Street from metal panels to EIFS. The change of building materials is to allow for hand painting a mural on four sides of...

Fighting for Better Transit

Letter to the EditorBy James Schoettler and Kent Pettersen For any transit project to succeed, community members—the very people who hope to someday use the service—need to be in support of it through a process in which their voices have been heard. And if the County will not provide its residents a venue to address our...

Help for those struggling

COUNCIL PERSPECTIVES Saint Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert Ward 3 Columnist The ongoing pandemic and the economic recession that it has caused has put a huge burden and strain on many people, families and businesses in our community. Through no fault of their own many people have lost hours, lost business, or lost their jobs, because...
Review by Zach Murphy Pixar’s latest film Soul is a strange, inventive and ultimately touching exploration of life and death, music and passion, success and happiness and what it takes to truly follow your dreams. Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is a wildly talented jazz musician who teaches band part-time at the local middle school....