Executive Director, North End Neighborhood Organization
Ward 1 Representative, President of Saint Paul City Council
The North End is an incredible neighborhood. When we bring people in from the outside, they are always so amazed by the access to parks and the richness in history, culture and community. I’m really feeling a sense of family and community regrowing. We suffered some challenges with job loss and with the housing crisis but we are rebounding. You can definitely feel that.
Melvin carter III
Mayor of the city of Saint paul
Executive Director, Hmong Elder Center
What makes the North End unique is just really the people. I think it’s the starting place for a lot of new Americans. I know that when the Hmong community first came here we loved this street. We loved Rice St. Along the way more Asian businesses opened up and that made the community feel comfortable.
So now a lot of my Hmong elders comment when they see the Karen community. They see how they’re still wearing their skirts in the winter time, how they’re still wearing flip flops . . . .
Our elders are like “Wow they were like us when we first came. We were like them because we didn’t have resources. We had to walk, and go with what we had, and who we were”.
So to me the North End is unique because It’s really the starting place for anyone who wants to build a life here in the city.
Jennifer Nguyen Moore
2018 Candidate for Ramsey County Commissioner
I think that sense of cultural community is engrained in a lot of cultures within this community. There is a lot of folks from different areas - from Vietnam, Burma, Laos to Germany. I think we all have the same bonding in that aspect - where we like to get to know one another. We are all friendly. I think when you have that friendly atmosphere it makes it easier to build that community and to feel welcomed.
Librarian, Rice Street Library
Minister & 2018 Candidate for U.S. Senate
This is a lower middle class neighborhood. So when you go shopping in this neighborhood the prices are right for the people that live here in this neighborhood. We got thrift stores, dollar stores, stores that are culturally specific to this neighborhood.
There is a large Hmong population, Somali population, Hispanic population. And when you walk in the North End area you can shop specific to those three cultures. Those three cultures overlap in spices and meats and price variance. Thats what’s important about this neighborhood.
Ward 1 Council Member
I have some of my fondest memories of the North End neighborhood. It's a hard-working part of St. Paul and everybody there is gritty. People work hard and the neighborhood is filled with working class families. There is a lot of history and culture there too. I frequent that area and I love the people there. There is a history in the neighborhood that includes different cultures and that is actually our strength. We need the city to invest more in the North End because our community deserves a fair shake.