Preservation Journal: Fall 2007

Vacant Housing in Saint Paul: An Opportunity for Historic Preservation

by Paul Singh

The number of vacant residential properties in Saint Paul has more than doubled over the past year. There are currently more than 1,200 vacant single-family homes and duplexes in the city. This trend is fueled by foreclosures and the recent decline in the housing market. These vacant homes are overwhelmingly concentrated in Saint Paul’s core neighborhoods: West Seventh, Summit-University, Frogtown, the North End, Payne-Phalen and Dayton’s Bluff.

Abandoned homes pose serious challenges to Saint Paul’s neighborhoods. They can diminish the value of adjacent homes, pose public health and safety risks, impose substantial costs on taxpayers and negatively impact community morale. They also threaten the historic fabric of Saint Paul’s neighborhoods. Vacant properties are antithetical to a well-preserved housing stock. Additionally, the specter of demolitions endangers the character of the city’s oldest residential neighborhoods.

Also included in this issue:

  • Historic Saint Paul Fundraiser 2007: An Evening at Dove Hill
  • Saint Paul Hosts the National Preservation Conference
  • Vote Saint Paul on HGTV and Help Change the World
  • A New Mural on East 7th Street
  • The Saint Paul Cube

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