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Old July 26th, 2010, 05:47 AM   #1
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Saint Paul, Minnesota - The Eastside

Now this probably isnít an area most of you are too familiar with; the Eastside of St. Paul is an old school working class neighborhood thatís about as blue collar as you can get. Most of the attention towards the Twin Cities is aimed at Minneapolis and when St. Paul does get the focus, it is usually neighborhoods in the western half of town like Highland Park, Mac-Groveland, Merriam Park, and Cathedral Hill that are concentrated on. Those are spectacular neighborhoods, but the Eastside consists of over a third of the city and definitely deserves some attention. Pride in the Eastside is strong so thereís a strong community feeling despite the fact that it is the rougher side of town. Now kids out in the suburbs will refer to it as ghetto, but honestly there is no real true ghetto in the Twin Cities; it is about as sketchy and ďghettoĒ as youíre going to get in Minnesota but working class is a much better description of the place. Itís similar to places like the Northwest side of Chicago or the Southside of Milwaukee if you want Midwest comparisons.

I would estimate the demographics are about an even split between whites, blacks, hispanics, and hmongs. This is significantly more diverse than St Paul as a whole which is 67% white. Eastsiders used to be almost entirely white but white flight took hold strongly in the seventies, eighties, and nineties.

It doesnít take long to figure out what company runs the show in the side of town.

It is often said the city is a group of small towns with one mayor because of the neighborhood-based life of much of the city. St. Paul is very decentralized and does not revolve around downtown like other cities. As a result downtown is often very dead but thatís a whole other issue.

There are more than two dozen neighborhoods that make up the East Side, but the city lumps them together under four official districts. Those are Battle Creek, Greater East Side, Daytonís Bluff, and Payne/Phalen. These photos are mainly of Payne/Phalon and Daytonís Bluff as the other two were largely built as bedroom communities for 3M and are very fifties suburban looking.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy. (57 Photos)

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Old July 26th, 2010, 07:35 PM   #2
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Very nice, cool photos of St. Paul, Minnesota
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