Mayor Coleman: St. Paul growing stronger

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 10:41 PM

Coleman said in his State of the City address that the city must draw and attract youth to thrive.

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SwiftBoatMar. 25, 1312:12 PM

Business friendly city? Ask the Buffalo Wild Wings people about a business friendly city! And, St Paul has a "sign police". Jack booted thugs that will determine if your sign meets city standards.

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dflleftMar. 25, 1312:25 PM

DOES a "strong" city publically claim to be a sanctuary city for illegal mexicans?...and then Coleman says at the podium that we will boycot the state of arizona because they pass a tough immigration bill?....the large department stores have closed and left?....public employees found sleeping on the job and no one gets fired?....techer union pension plan in St Paul now looking for state aid because benefits too high and contributions too low?...does this sound likea "strong" city?

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bannedmuggsMar. 25, 1312:29 PM

Did you really spend that much time on bikes? What does a "bike highway" do for the city of St. Paul. I use both the Greenway and the Gateway, does he remember there's a river between them? I work downtown St. Paul. I would encourage figuring that out before more bike stuff. I'm not sure if he's walked around downtown recently. It's vacant. The other day I popped into work on Saturday during the St. Patrick Day parade. I have a Caribou Coffee in my building along with a few shops. Do you know how many people asked me why they weren't open? Focus, Mayor Coleman!

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striber1Mar. 25, 1312:34 PM

Improved transit options means more choo-choos.

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zendogMar. 25, 1312:46 PM

Commercial Vacancies all over the place, no night life activities, and the place is a general ghost town. You couldn't pay me to move there. Coleman, wake up. Your dreaming again.

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dtmonkeyboyMar. 25, 13 1:58 PM

It is Ironic that the same conservative people that comment and preach free market and hand-off government are the very same ones that blame the mayor and city for vacant store fronts, lack of business etc. Works out nicely...you want to tie governments hands to do anything and yet hold them responsible..so typical.

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dtmonkeyboyMar. 25, 13 2:00 PM

LOL...if anyway thinks the central cities are restrictive in their sign ordinces and zoning check out their suburbs. Not only do they dictate signs, but paint color, landscaping, and a host over other things too. And, on top of that they keep residential taxes low by having much higher business tax. Biggest mistake I ever made was moving my business to the suburbs.

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circleoflifeMar. 25, 13 2:18 PM

dtmonkeyboy "It is Ironic that the same conservative people that comment and preach free market and hand-off government are the very same ones that blame the mayor and city for vacant store fronts, lack of business etc." If the mayor and city have vacant store fronts and they can't be blamed to have had a hand in it or have done nothing to change that, whose fault is it then? George Bush? Please stop defending politicians that don't care about anything other than the next election.

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garagewineMar. 25, 13 2:32 PM

Pandering to the minority of bicyclists will not make St. Paul and better city or encourage people to move there.

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huntermacMar. 25, 13 2:39 PM

The Mayor is missing the point over what made this city strong in the first place. He wants to head over to Macalester to learn about what would make people stay here? Try looking to the Parochial Schools in Saint Paul. This city was developed around parishes yet the liberal social engineers are trying to make people believe that the strength of our neighborhoods is derived from contrived citizen participation districts. Rather than asking what would make people want to come here, the Mayor should be more focused on convincing people to stay here. The train won't be successful when there is nowhere to take it to and if we don't relent on this misguided principle that affordable housing in every development will get us there, then the whole purpose of higher density and affluence along a transit line will expedite the failure of Chris Coleman's experiment with the taxpayers.

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