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.

COMMUNITY VOICES | What do creative tenants need?

Twin Cities developer First & First is teaming with the Creative Enterprise Zone to connect with creative tenants around their newest and biggest project to date, Vandalia Tower in Saint Paul.

Major developer First & First is teaming with the Creative Enterprise Zone to host an evening of connection and collaboration around their latest


MUSIC REVIEW | Band of Heathens at the Turf Club: Rock and country, blues and gospel Texas style

The Band of Heathens at the Turf Club

Saturday night I went to the Turf Club expecting to see Communist Daughter. Much as I like Communist Daughter I was delighted to get there and see that the Band of Heathens was playing. (Johnny and Molly from Communist Daughter played before them.) Luckily I happened to sit next to a huge Band of Heathens fan who filled me in on their backstory. They’re from Austin Texas, they have played for about 10 years and they have a huge following; they concentrate on live shows. As my new friend suggested – if you like rock and country, blues and gospel Texas style, you’ll love them. I do – and I did.


MUSIC REVIEW | Damien Jurado returns to the Turf Club with his new record "Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son"

Photos By: 
Daniel Jasurda

Damien Jurado came to town again for the second time in a year on a cold, but not unwelcoming night. The sold-out Turf Club crowd filed in completely just before the veteran singer-songwriter inconspicuously took the stage, walking up in his winter gear from behind the merch table in the back, through the packed crowd, up the side stairs, and then to the front of the stage to claim his guitar. It was a fitting entrance for an artist so consistently good, he's almost forgotten amongst the pantheon of new artists filling their spots in the zeitgiest of modern "indie" music.  He played his first song, the opening track fom his newest record, then took his jacket off.


Protest for living wages ends in 26 Black Friday arrests in St. Paul

Twenty-six people were arrested Friday during the “March to end Poverty Wages,” the culmination of a week of Black Friday actions pressing for better pay and working conditions and the right to organize for retail, janitorial and other low-wage workers in Minnesota. Friday’s afternoon’s march along University Avenue, which circled the Midway Super Target and Walmart stores, drew a crowd estimated at anywhere between 400 to about 1,000 people who marched to the intersection Snelling and University Avenues — the busiest intersection in the Twin Cities. It was in the intersection, on the busiest shopping day of the year, that 26 workers and supporters locked arms and sat in the street, waiting to be arrested by St. Paul police officers.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Getting caught up and earning college credits too

My name is Brittney Poole and in my high school years leading up to my 12th grade year I have switched schools a lot. My 9th grade year I went to Open World Learning Community and Central SR High School. While I was at those two schools I struggled with taking the importance of school seriously. That caused me to get into a lot of trouble and to fall behind with my grades and credits.