ST. PAUL NOTES | Putting the East Side of St. Paul on the map

Tim Herman and the East Side Area Business Association (ESABA) put the east side of St. Paul on the map. Literally — on a hand-painted, water-color map that shows East Side businesses, streets, institutions and politicians.

ESABA raised $20,000 by selling spots on the map. Each business that paid to be represented got signed and numbered copies of the map, with the number of copies varying according to the amount paid.

"What's interesting about the map," said ESABA Executive Director Tim Herman, "is that it was water color painted by a Dayton's Bluff artist — Liz Harrell. The original is five feet wide, and the copies for sale are 24 by 36 inches.

Next up: ESABA plans to partner with non-profits to sell a poster edition as a fundraiser benefiting both the non-profit and ESABA. 

  • Nice!!! Looking forward to getting my copy. - by Tracy Nelson on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 9:43am
  • Beautiful work! Awesome idea! - by Diane May on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 8:34am

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Mary Turck (maryturck [at] gmail [dot] com) is a freelance writer, editor, teacher, and lifelong activist, and former editor of the TC Daily Planet.


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It takes some creative minds

It takes some creative minds to come up with things like this. What a wonderful fundraising idea. I hope that this project does even more than what is expected. It looks absolutely wonderful.