The Summit University neighborhood is ethnically and economically diverse—home to new arrivals from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia; the Rondo neighborhood which served as the center of Saint Paul’s African-American community until the construction of I-94 in the 1960s; and historic and upscale Ramsey/Cathedral Hill area. Well preserved homes and buildings from the late 1800s abound in the neighborhood, with landmarks around every corner. There are a number of retail areas in the district—Selby Avenue, with its shops, gathering spots, and destination dining is probably the most well-known. The neighborhood is close to downtown, has great transit service and free-way access, and is very easy to walk and bike around
Boundaries and Zip Code
North: University Avenue
The following neighborhoods are part of the Summit-University planning district (District 8):
Between 1854 and 1872, the city annexed land in the Summit-U neighborhood and with the arrival of the streetcar, the succeeding two decades saw most of the neighborhood’s settlement—many houses that you can see today are from the 1880s and 1890s. Streetcar lines ran east and west along University Avenue, Rondo Avenue (largely obliterated by the construction of Interstate 94), and Selby Avenue, and north and south along Dale Street, providing ready access to both downtown St. Paul and to the interurban line which was completed in 1891 and traveled to Minneapolis. While the area certainly attracted wealthy homeowners, James J. Hill and Archbishop John Ireland were instrumental in encouraging laborers to settle in the area. In the 1930s, Rondo Avenue was at the heart of St. Paul's African-American community with long-time residents and new arrivals from the South and many black-owned businesses. With the construction of I-94 in the 1960s, the neighborhood was destroyed—hundreds of homes and businesses were demolished and the freeway stood on what was once Rondo Avenue.
Housing Styles and Types
The neighborhood features a broad range of housing types, styles and ages. Ramsey Hill (which is home to includes rowhouses, apartments, and historic single-family homes in the Victorian style, while the Rondo and Aurora Saint Anthony portions of the neighborhood have a mix of historic homes and bungalows as well as apartment buildings, townhouses and single-family homes form the 1950s – 1970s.
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Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives
For information about other incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.
The Summit-University Planning Council publishes an electronic and print newsletter. The print edition, The Front Porch, is published quarterly and mailed to all Summit-U residents. The e-newsletter, Porch Lite, is distributed monthly with the occasional special edition. Subscribe to Porch Lite.
The Ramsey Hill Association publishes newsletters 10 times per year. PDFs are available at: http://www.ramseyhill.org/newsletters.php
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