Thomas-Dale Real Estate - St. Paul MN

Nobody knows for sure where the name-Frogtown-comes from, although chances are it has to do with the neighborhood's earliest aquatic residents. In the 1880s, when Germans first settled here to be near railyard jobs, they called their marshy new home, Froschburg, or Frog City, probably for their croaking companions outside, although the debate over the name rages on. Today, the marshes, with their frog choruses, are long gone.

Located northwest of the Capitol, the houses of Thomas­Dale/Frogtown are modest, consisting of worker cottages built by the ear­liest residents and newer two-story Midwestern squares and ramblers. Some of the lots are narrow, apparently the result of subdivisions by enter­prising residents. Over half of the housing is pre-1940, and many cottages are over one hundred years old. Habitat for Humanity, the Twin Cities Builders Outreach Foundation, and other civic organizations have rehabilitated and replaced some deteriorated housing stock. Artists have brightened up the district's color palette. Today Thomas-Dale is mostly a Vietnamese business district with scores of restaurants and bilin­gual services along eastern University Avenue. The neighborhood's striking monument to the area's early European workers is the Church of St. Agnes, with its 200-foot high onion dome roof and featuring performances of chamber music and the works of Mozart.

Though the neighborhood is still beset by poverty, crime, and over­crowded housing, Thomas-Dale is a St. Paul Police Department ''Weed and Seed" site. The goal: to "weed" out violent crime, drug use, and gang activ­ity from targeted high-crime neighborhoods, and to prevent crime from recurring by "seeding" the area with a wide range of programs and ser­vices from both public and private entities. Overall, this area is recom­mended to newcomers only if they are accustomed to the energy of an urban neighborhood.

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Area Code: 651

Zip Codes: 55103, 55104

Post Offices: Rice Street Station, 40 Arlington Avenue; Industrial Station, 1430 Concordia Avenue (all post office branches can be reached at 800-275-8777).

Police: West of Rice Street: Western District Patrol Team North, 651- 292-3512; South, 651-292-3549; East of Rice Street: Central District Patrol Team, 651-292-3563

Emergency Hospital: St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, 640 Jackson Street, 651-221-3456

Library: Lexington Branch, 1080 University Avenue, 651-642-0359

Community Resource: Thomas.Dale Planning Council, 369 University Avenue, 651·298-5068

Community Publications: St. Poul Grand Gazette, 651-699-1462; St. Paul Pioneer Press, 651·222·5011,

Transportation: Bus Lines: 5: Inver Grove Heights/Como Boulevard/State Fairgrounds/Downtown; 7: Downtown/Thomas Avenue/Signal Hills/Mendota Heights; 8: Downtown/Jackson Street/Inver Hills College; 12: Downtown/ Rice Street/Roseville; 16: Downtown Minneapolis/University Avenue/Downtown St. Paul; 17: Dale Street/Rosedale; 95E: Downtown/Bandana Square/Downtown Minneapolis

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Thomas-Dale (Frogtown) June 24, 2024
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