St. Paul's urban oasis

  • by: Joe Kimball
  • Updated: April 19, 2007 - 9:32 AM

Christine and Frank Dreisbach bought a small house near St. Paul's Newell Park almost 40 years ago, mainly because it was close to Hamline University. "We knew the house would eventually be too small for our family," Christine said. "So we'd go house-hunting once in a while only to realize, `Oh my goodness, it's so nice here by the park.'-" The Dreisbachs are a testament to the Newell neighborhood's hold on residents. It's the kind of place where people settle down for decades, even generations. Not only did Christine and Frank stay to raise three children in the little house, their youngest son liked the neighborhood so much that he bought a house across the street. Nestled around an oak-lined park, yet within earshot of some the city's heaviest-duty industry, Newell Park is considered one of St. Paul's coziest nooks. If it wasn't for that earshot business, residents would consider it almost Eden-like.

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