The Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St Paul Minnesota

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A “grid” in city planning refers not just to the pattern, but the numbering system. The numbering system in St Paul is not the standard grid. It’s units (90% sure it’s furlongs) from the capitol building. Pull up Google Maps and look at the TCF bank in Ford Parkway in Highland Park (2163 Ford Parkway) cross Cretin and there is an NTB who’s address in Minneapolis (or any other city on a grid layout) puts it on the same block as TCF (2185 Ford Parkway) Two doors down, the same block as NTB, but a different block from TCF is Haskell’s at 2221 Ford Parkway.

Let’s Jump from Highland Park to the shops on Grand Ave. The Chipotle on grand and Victoria is 867 Grand Avenue. Go East across Victoria and there is Billy’s on Grand at 857 Grand Avenue. Back on original block that Chipotle is on you Have Salut at 917 Grand Avenue. In a standard grid 867 and 857 Grand would be the same block and 917 would be a different block. But you see that pattern all over St Paul. from Frogtown to downtown the “house number” has no correlation to the actual block that it’s on.

Hop across the river and the there is a distinct 800 block, a distinct 900 block, a distinct 2100 block and distinct 2200 block. The address directly correlates to the block that the building is on. If you get an address in Minneapolis, you instantly know where a building is, even if you have never been there before. You can not make that claim for St Paul.

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