St. Paul's East Side raising questions about proposed Dorothy Day site

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2014 - 9:34 PM

St. Paul forms a committee to get feedback on the site, which some fear will lead to congestion and further concentration of the poor.

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weewillyJan. 6, 14 9:42 PM

If Catholic Charities builds residential facilities on the East Side, I think it would actually improve the neighborhood.

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Opus2013Jan. 6, 14 9:57 PM

If Mahoney has a better plan, we have yet to hear it. I have a feeling that if this project's failure is what Mahoney will stake his reputation on, he will lose.

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milo1949Jan. 6, 1410:32 PM

I would also call this dumping more poverty on the East Side of Saint Paul.

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stpaulerJan. 7, 14 6:21 AM

The eternal case of the NIMBY people. "That's a wonderful thing Dorothy Day is doing, as long as it's Not In My BackYard." That said, the weird part of the complainers is that that area is not really a residential area save for a couple rental lofts. But my biggest problem with this, and one not mentioned in the article, is giving tax payer money (in the form of state bonds) to a religious affiliated organization. How about no.

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Opus2013Jan. 7, 14 6:51 AM

RE:"But my biggest problem with this, and one not mentioned in the article, is giving tax payer money (in the form of state bonds) to a religious affiliated organization. How about no." -------------------- Out of all the objections to this project, this is the most baseless claim. You are obviously unfamiliar with Catholic Charities and the good work they do. Catholic Charities gets less than 5 percent of their funding from the Archdiocese. They never take controversial positions on things such as gay marriage -- CC remains neutral focused on a single mission: poverty. CC cares for orphaned and abused children at the St. Joseph's Home for Children. CC cares for the poor on the Northside (though much work remains to be done). CC cares for the inebriate and hopeless. CC cares for the homeless with dignity on both sides of the river. CC employs more than 500 people and provides them and their families living wages. To suggest that this project -- addressing the growing issue of homelessness and poverty -- doesn't deserve state support because the name "Catholic" is attached to the organization, is a shallow and misinformed opinion.

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QbikerJan. 7, 14 9:15 AM

"Stpauler" is wrong in his objection to giving taxpayer dollars to a religious charitable organization. Think about this, if no taxpayer dollars was given to any religious charitable organization, there would be a greater burden to taxpayers by funding more government run social programs for the poor. Give the money to the organizations who are specialized in helping the poor.

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littlebootsJan. 7, 14 9:29 AM

How about they use the old Macy's building and move in there. It's really big and would be perfect for a new homeless shelter!

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littlebootsJan. 7, 1410:42 AM

They should use the old Macy's site for a new homeless shelter in downtown Saint Paul.

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gemie1Jan. 7, 1411:05 AM

Having a clothes, jewelry and furniture store at discount prices is an idea. Make it a new urban version of outlet stores under one roof. Let's hope our city government can doing something new and innovative with the space.

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