How residents, business owners and elected officials are reimagining the corner of Rice and Larpenteur

Written by on November 12, 2021

The corner of Rice and Larpenteur has two big things going against it. First, almost every nearby building is a strip mall or a drive-thru, low-slung affairs set away from the street and fronted by parking lots that swallow up pedestrians like a frog eating a fly.

Second, the intersection is a rare spot where three cities come together: St. Paul, Maplewood and Roseville. For most people, the intersection is literally and figuratively marginal, a place that disappears on a city map, occupying the far edge of anyone’s attention.

But it doesn . . .



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