Railroad Island, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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|Railroad Island, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Ramsey County, Minnesota|
|State/province:|| Minnesota |
The Railroad Island Neighborhood is located in the southwest tip of the District 5, Payne Phalen area of Saint Paul. The area is approximately 180 acres in size and is bounded by railroad tracks on the north and west, Swede Hollow Park on the east and East 7th Street on the south. The central and northwesterly portion of the neighborhood is residential. The primary retail area is located on Payne Ave., and industrial uses are concentrated along Bush St. on the north end of the area and between Hopkins St. and East 7th St. on the south end. There is substantial open space including Swede Hollow Park, Eileen Weida Playground, Hopkins Park, the bluff and slope areas south and west of Rivoli St. and in other scattered areas throughout the neighborhood.
Historically, the majority of the housing in Railroad Island has been single-family and owner-occupied. Many neighborhood residents worked at the nearby brewery, Whirlpool, 3-M and other east-side and downtown businesses. In recent years, closings and employment cut-backs have taken jobs and, with them, economic and social stability from the neighborhood. Owner- occupied housing slowly converted to rental units which generally has resulted in a lower level of maintenance of the neighborhood's housing. The aging buildings have begun to deteriorate and, currently, most of the housing is in need of some rehabilitation. A plan for the area is to recommend effective strategies for rehabilitation of existing houses in the neighborhood.
Payne Ave. and surrounding areas
Buildings in Railroad Island, Saint Paul, Minnesota
|470 Hopkins Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota||470470||Hopkins||Street|
|Thomas Robinson House, 416 Mount Ida Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota||416416||Mount Ida||Street|