Patrick Larkin

Tue
21
May

East Side home sales ramp up


A newly listed home on the 1800 block of Ames Ave. has a beginning price tag of $65,000. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Side home prices are up significantly from a year ago, according to a report from the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors.
The year-to-date median home sale in Payne-Phalen is up 27 percent; the upper East Side is up 22.5 percent, and Dayton’s Bluff is up 44.5 percent, according to market data from the association.

Tue
21
May

Neighborhood market’s licenses get pulled


The Burr Street Market has a condemned building notice posted on the front door. The store’s licenses were revoked at a city council meeting on Wednesday, May 15. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The Burr Street Grocery has vexed some nearby residents for years.
The store at 962 Burr St. has “been notorious over the years as a source of nuisance,” said Leslie McMurray, executive director of the District 5 Planning Council.

Mon
20
May

A fresh coat, a stroke of history


Luiz Vinholi calls himself a colorist, not a painter. His “re-coloring” of this Victorian home at 700 E. Third St. helped him receive a St. Paul Heritage Preservation Award. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The house’s paint was pretty worn out by the time Vinholi re-colored it. (submitted photo)

The front of the Victorian home at 700 E. 3rd St. has numerous wood engravings, and a very detailed soffit. “All those rich details are just fantastic,” says Luiz Vinholi, who chose the colors for the place. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Luiz Vinholi is all about colors.
The Brazillian man is a design-oriented painter who’s been at it for about 20 years in the Twin Cities.
But don’t call him a painter - he prefers to be called a “colorist.” A lot of people can paint, he says, but it takes a certain artistry to choose the color palette of a home.
The 56-year-old artisan speaks about colors with a cautious reverence and great sensitivity.

Mon
13
May

East Side police commander to present “stat maps”


Kevin Casper, commander of St. Paul Eastern District police station, looks over mapped out crime statistics. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

An example of a stat map that will be presented at the “Neighborhood Gathering” on May 16.

By regularly looking at St. Paul crime data, Commander Kevin Casper said he is able to “keep drilling down” on crime in East Side neighborhoods.
Casper will give a community presentation on Thursday, May 16, on the department’s “stat mapping” techniques, as a way of connecting with residents to fight crime going into the warmer months when criminal activity usually spikes.

Mon
13
May

Retiree stays active by helping community


Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston feels lucky to be more or less retired at the age of 63. But that doesn’t mean he wants to slow down.
So he’s hatched up a plan to keep busy by providing free financial counseling to area residents.

Mon
13
May

Senior housing developer, food co-op eye East Side site


The potential site for a new food co-op and senior housing apartment is just up the hill from Metro State on East Seventh Street. The site’s proximity to the freeway and the university could make it a viable location. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

They could pop up just up the street from Metro State campus

Mon
13
May

Smelly first weekend in May for Beaver Lake


Dead sunfish float near the shore on the northwest side of Beaver Lake. Thousands of sunnies died on the lake due to a partially clogged aerator and a late ice-out, DNR staff said. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

County hired commercial fisherman to haul away over 7,000 pounds of dead fish

Mon
06
May

9 East Side stores cited for underage cigarette sales

Par for the course, say investigators

Mon
06
May

Getting sex trafficking victims to safety


Nikki Beasley, director of programming at the sex trafficking victims service Breaking Free, sits in the lobby/living room of Breaking Free in the Midway neighborhood. Beasley said the issue of sex trafficking in the Twin Cities is “bigger than anyone could imagine.” (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With the exposure of an East Side prostitution ring, what type of help is available to young women caught in the middle?

Mon
06
May

New community health center opens doors


A patient waits to be seen in the spacious waiting area at the East Side Family Clinic. The new clinic is double the size of the former one, and has much more natural light. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Comparing the new pharmacy room to the old one, Heather, a pharmacist who declined to provide her full name, says, “There’s a lot more space,” which makes for better organization. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A client waits to be seen in the new East Side Family Clinic. The $10.5 million facility features a 6,000-square-foot dental wing. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The East Side Family Clinic opened up shop Monday, April 29

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