Wieffering: Approval in St. Paul always seems to be conditional

  • Article by: ERIC WIEFFERING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 22, 2012 - 10:05 PM
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wadepetFeb. 22, 1210:22 PM

Brilliant, and people wonder why sprawl happens

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jerryaldiniFeb. 23, 12 7:27 AM

I know a St Paul bakery that pays $65K/year in MUNICIPAL taxes. The City Council has squeezed all the producers and many are leaving town or shutting down.

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jimmybobbyFeb. 23, 12 8:11 AM

I am a St. Paul resident and all I can say is ***** unbelievable. Nice article. The crazy neighbors tried to kill the Trader Joes (close to my house) even though they asked for NO subsidies from the City and no variances. The neighborhood councils and the City itself are completely out to lunch. And yes I am angry that my taxes keep rising!

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vikings1Feb. 23, 12 8:40 AM

This isn't just a St. Paul problem this happens in Mpls too. Just look at Uptown and you'll find similar stories.

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tacyrayFeb. 23, 12 9:14 AM

unbelievable. Thanks for shining a spotlight on this.

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jerryaldiniFeb. 23, 1210:32 AM

Tyranny of the minority in action. Woodbury, Mendota Heights, Maplewood, Roseville - do business anywhere but St Paul.

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RegalFeb. 23, 1210:51 AM

Utterly embarrassing. City elected officials bemoan LGA cuts, but then go out of their way to deny legitimate commercial and industrial development that would improve the tax base. District Council and neighborhood groups should have a voice.....but they are not the final say.

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wellieFeb. 23, 12 7:54 PM

As a Saint Paul resident, I have witnessed the disproportionate amount of "power" these neighborhood groups have related to business development, even to the point of regulating signage. While a business like Cupcake will not "make or break" the tax base for our city (and I support Cupcake, obviously--and am a customer), these actions collectively quench the "animal spirits" of entrepreneurship and job creation in our city. Why bother moving or expanding here with "friends" like these in the local government?

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sainttpaulFeb. 23, 1210:05 PM

As a Saint Paul resident, I understand all too clearly how the Pioneer Press coddles the City Council and Russ Stark (a known community activist who needs a job) and fails to report how dysfunctional standard ward politics is to the best interest to the city of St. Paul residents. Who would invest in Saint Paul when uninformed community activists can ambush you at the last moment and an incompetent City Council and why must the capital city residents look to the commentaries of Minneapolis Star-Tribune to receive informed and unbiased reporting on the happenings within the city of Saint Paul? The editorial board and columnist of the St. Paul Pioneer Press are asleep at the switch. Residents of Saint Paul, cancel your subscriptions to the Pioneer Press and look to the Star-Tribune for accurate coverage of news pertaining to our city.

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mtbr09Feb. 23, 1210:07 PM

This article was on point with exception of one thing. Where are these neighbor groups when they won't point out the fact that city won't even plow the streets after a snow storm Ooops the city allocated those funds towards building APARTMENT BUILDINGS in downtown which private builders say are unfeasible but with the bottomless taxpayer base of Residential property taxes WHY NOT. People wonder why there is nothing no jobs, people, and/or activities in st. paul, Its called LEADERSHIP and st. paul has none. Name one positive thing Coleman, Thune.

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