This undertaking seeks to evaluate the social, economic, and physical-infrastructural wellbeing of a St. Paul neighborhood as a result of a comprehensive residential redevelopment project. Nested within the West Seventh region of St. Paul, Brewery Town was named after the Jacob Schmidt Brewery that overlooks it. The redevelopment project has been a positive experience for the developers, residents, members of neighboring communities, city officials, and the West 7th/Fort Road Federation. Zero residential displacement was the single most salient factor contributing to this success. Other factors include an enhanced sense of place, greater walkability, additional neighborhood amenities, increased homeownership, decreased vacancies, a revitalized tax base, improved accessibility to all forms of transit, the ability to better capitalize on close proximity to the river and the downtown, and the emergence of neighborhood alliances and coalitions. To illustrate this, this work will utilize a mixed methodologies approach that will include fieldwork, data collection, community interviews, GIS mapping, graphing, and financial analysis. Ultimately, neighborhood revitalization projects do have the potential to restore urban blight, reinvigorate and breathe new life into a community, prepare for future developments, and maintain and preserve the local historic charm. The Brewery Town project also demonstrates the livability and desirability of inner-city neighborhoods. The redevelopment of the actual Schmidt Brewery parcel would be significantly more challenging and less sustainable had it not been for the redevelopment of the Brewery Neighborhood.
Conducted on behalf of the West 7th/Fort Rd. Federation . Supported by Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Improving the Social, Physical, and Economic Capital of an Urban Community through Residential Revitalization.
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