Universities and colleges located in or near the Macalaster Groveland (MacGroveland) district: Macalaster College, the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Seminary, The College of St. Catherine, and William Mitchell College of Law, give Macalester-Groveland a friendly, college-town feel. Created in the 1880s when a group of Macalester College trustees bought a farm west of St. Paul and divided it into a campus and lots for houses, Macalester-Groveland has become one of St. Paul's epicenters, bustling with academic and commercial energy. Grand Avenue, the main east-west thoroughfare, includes specialty retail shops, restaurants, and interesting bistros. There are scores of places to eat, drink, and argue politics and religion along the length of the street, but a focal point of the academic spirit is Ruminator Books (previously Hungry Mind Bookstore), located just west of the Macalester campus. This literary masterpiece is host to frequent author readings, publishes a quarterly book review, and Is adjacent to the gourmet restaurant, Table of Contents. Traffic on Grand Avenue is heavy but slow enough to make living near the street tolerable. Once a farm, then a commuter suburb, the history of Mac-Groveland
has resulted in an interesting mixture of housing sizes, prices, and designs, with rents and house prices among the highest in St. Paul. The best time to look for an apartment is in late spring to early summer when students move out and sublets and leases become available.
More than three-fourths of Macalaster Groveland's homes were built before 1940, and range from two- and three-bedroom homes on the east end, to luxurious Mississippi Riverfront residences. On and near Grand Avenue, two- to four-story brick apartments from the 1920s are interspersed with the brick storefront cafes and retail businesses that make Grand Avenue St. Paul's most lively commercial district. Architectural styles range from 19th-century Tudor-style cottages and meticulous Arts-andCrafts bungalows to contemporary designs from the 1 960s. Roomy homes with front porches line the curvy streets skirting Macalester College. Bordering the neighborhood to the north are the impressive houses of Summit Avenue (read more about this elegant boulevard in the description of Summit HIii). Residential streets in Macalester-Groveland are attractive and tranquil, lined with mature oaks and maples.
The bluffs and the Mississippi River gorge lie at the western end of the neighborhood. Land adjacent to the St. Paul Seminary is relatively wild and picturesque, and miles of river walking or bike riding are accessible from Mac-Groveland by the river parkway. If you settle here, you'll thank Bishop Thomas Grace of St. Thomas University for preserving the natural habitat along the river.
Web Sites: www.ci.stpaul.mn.us, www.tdreenet.org
Area Code: 651
Zip Code: 55105
Post Office: Elway Station, 1715 West 7th Street (all post office branches can be reached at 800-275-8777).
Police: Western District Patrol Team, North: 651-292-3512, South: 651-292-3549
Emergency Hospital: United Hospital, 333 Smith Avenue North, 651-220-8000
Library: Merriam Park, 1831 Marshall Avenue, 651-642-0385
Community Resources: Macalester-Groveland Community Council, 320 South Griggs Street, 651-695-4000
Community Publications: St. Paul Grand Gazette, 651-699-1462;
St. Paul Pioneer Press, 651-222-5011, www.pioneerplanet.com
Transportation: Bus Lines: 3: Grand Avenue/Downtown/3M Center, 4: Mall of America/Snelling Avenue/Rosedale; 7: Smith Avenue/ Downtown/Signal Hills; 14: Ford Plant/Randolph Avenue/Downtown; 94H and J: Highland Park/Snelling Avenue South/Downtown Minneapolis
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