St. Anthony Park was originally planned as a suburb for wealthy Minnesotans in the late 19th century, but the elite had other plans and did not flock to St. Anthony Park as expected. Now, it is a diverse and thriving community, and it's one of the more successful St. Paul neighborhoods. It is a small community with more than a few notable attractions, such as the St. Anthony Park Branch Library, which is a Carnegie library that was built in 1917. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Langford Park is the biggest park in the neighborhood, and it's named after Nathaniel P. Langford, a St. Anthony Park resident who helped design Yellowstone National Park. More famous people from St. Anthony Park are Saul Bellow and B.F. Skinner.
Saint Anthony Park History
The planning for St. Anthony Park started in the late 1800s by Horace W.S. Cleveland who envisioned a lush, picturesque suburbs for the elite through a very romantic lens. It was a popular belief at the time, and he really focused on how it would all look--and he wanted it as organic as possible. This plan did not succeed, and the next developer, Charles Pratt, introduced a more practical, middle-class plan that was implemented.
There has always been a strong sense of community in St. Anthony Park. They've had a neighborhood organization since the beginning, and it's worked hard to do what's best for the neighborhood. The city has been committed to reinvestment, and it shows.
Today, St. Anthony Park is a stable, middle-class neighborhood with a slight decrease in the number of families versus singles. In addition, there are more renters than there used to be, but it hasn't affected the overall prosperity of the neighborhood. The demographics are highly educated in general and very involved in academia. This makes sense as it's next to the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, which is in neighboring Falcon Heights.
Green / Environmental
Saint Paul has very little in environmental policies. Introduced in 2020, they are asking large buildings to monitor water and energy usage for benchmarking purposes. That's about it.
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