Merrlam Park Neighborhood News and Events

UNION PARK - comprised of Merriam Park, Snelling Hamline and Lexington-Hamline neighborhoods, is one of 17 neighborhood districts in Saint Paul. In 2007, the Merriam Park, Snelling Hamline, and Lexington-Hamline Community Councils merged into one organization to represent all residents of Union Park, hence the name, Union Park District Council (UPDC). (Information from UPDC website)

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass.

Choo Choo Bob Store: Where dreams come true for train fans

The year was 2005 and the first signs of the economic downturn, coupled with funding cuts to a Minnesota Film Board program that had brought movie jobs to Minnesota, were making it hard for Bob Medcraft to find a job. So, after a successful career making movies, music videos and commercials, Medcraft turned to his first love – trains. He opened Choo Choo Bob’s store on St. Paul’s Marshall Avenue, painting a colorful sign above the entrance and filling the front windows with train related models, toys and games. “It was a labor of love. Or, it was complete insanity,” he said.


Kicking off Saint Paul Open Streets

The first St. Paul edition of Open Streets kicked off on Sunday, September 15.


Workers plan major nationwide protest against Walmart for September 5th

Walmart workers are standing up to demand respect and their fair share of the giant retailer's profits.

Workers in more than a dozen cities, including St. Paul, plan protests Thursday against Walmart’s treatment of its employees. Organizers expect thousands to participate in the demonstrations.


"Snelby" residents seek commercial/residential balance in St. Paul

Photos by Nick Sucik

CORRECTED 8/20 (see end of story for correction): If you ask residents from around the Snelling/Selby intersection (or Snelby as some affectionately call it) what their main issue with their neighb