Summit Hill (District 16) is a high density St. Paul neighborhood. It's a community that prides itself on being welcoming and pedestrian-friendly. It's situated on one of America’s 10 Great Streets as designated by the American Planning Association (Summit Avenue), which is chock-full of historic homes and other historic buildings. The cross street is Grand Avenue, which is well-known for it's commercial endeavors, including unique shops and restaurants.
Today, Summit Hill is a popular destination. The focus on density has resulted in Summit Hill having more people than other comparable neighborhoods (size-wise). It also well-known for its historic homes, but has a surprisingly low number of single-family homes.
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Summit Hill Then And Now
Summit Hill is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in St. Paul. Its history can be traced back to 1805, but it didn't really start to flourish until 1854 when the land went up for public auction. The area attracted many of the wealthy and prominent families of St. Paul at the time and the first mansion on Summit Avenue was built by James C. Burbank in 1862. Summit Hill quickly became known as the place to be for the wealthy, including lumber and railroad barons.
Around the turn of the century, the area started to draw more middle-class families who settled in the southwestern part of the neighborhood. A few decades later, the streetcar line created more growth, and the housing turned more to apartments, rather than houses.
Summit Hill looks much today liked it did in the twenties because there has been little major construction since. The one exception to that is that townhouses were built in response to the demand for more housing in the city.
Summit Hill Environmental / Green
In December of 2019, St Paul adopted a Climate Action & Resilience Plan, in conjunction with the Great Plains Institute. In this document, St Paul is setting a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. St Paul is pushing to have increase sustainability in a couple different ways.
1. They are looking to reduce carbon by making buildings more efficient. This would include changing the building codes to increase efficiency.
2. They are looking to have the transportation sector change to electric vehicles. They also want people to drive less.
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