The Lawsons, left to right, Miles, Layla, Lennon and Shannon, seem happy with their East Side home. Though surrounded by vacant homes, they’re making the most of it and can see the bright side to their neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
When the soon-to-be-wed Lawsons moved into their East Side home on the 700 block of Jessamine in 2005, they were surrounded on every side by “great families and great kids,” Shannon Lawson said.
But what they didn’t realize at the time was the importance of having good neighbors. After all, they were in their late 20s, didn’t have kids and didn’t spend a lot of time in the neighborhood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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