After a process spanning over a year, we are thrilled to share with you the final Downtown Investment Strategy. This comprehensive report outlines three key priority areas for the public and private sectors to work on together to dramatically increase density, vitality and desirability downtown: 1) converting office space into housing; 2) investing in pedestrian-oriented streetscape improvements; and 3) advancing downtown Saint Paul’s most strategic redevelopment opportunities.

It truly took a village to make this happen, from our incredible team of consultants to our impressive, dedicated steering committee to the hundreds of downtown residents, visitors, employees and businesses who weighed in. Thanks to each and every one of you for shaping this strategy and participating in downtown Saint Paul’s future – which, if we commit to this collective approach, will be very, very bright.

We will host a gathering later this spring to walk through the report and answer any questions folks might have about what’s next. We’ll be sure to share more information here and on all our channels when we have more details, and we hope you’ll join us.

Keep reading for more great news from around downtown this week, including your guide to celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend!

Take care,


Click the image above to read or download the full Downtown Investment Strategy.

To boost downtown Saint Paul, group calls for pedestrian improvements, office-to-residential conversions

After 175 years, downtown Saint Paul’s storied Rice Park continues to draw visitors and special events, as does Lowertown’s popular Mears Park and nearby CHS Field.

The space in between?

Not so much. Even diehard Saint Paul advocates acknowledge that Fifth Street in particular has become a bit of a dead zone dotted by dark windows and empty storefronts, a symbol of the challenges holding back the area’s potential.

“We don’t have to make every block-face amazing downtown, but we have to get these key connector streets right,” said Joe Spencer, president of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, in a recent interview. “Rice Park is amazing and Mears Park is amazing, but there’s very few people walking between those two spots.”

Read more from the Pioneer Press

6 key takeaways from Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's State of the City address

Carter's decision to deliver his speech at the Xcel Energy Center reflects the $2 million request from the city to the Legislature for the initial design work for a multi-million dollar renovation of the arena.

The hockey arena's transformation is part of a larger vision for downtown that the city has been crafting with the nonprofit Saint Paul Downtown Alliance.

As part of that work, Carter said the city will look to incentivize the conversion of office buildings into housing. Saint Paul already hired a consultant to consider selling its City Hall Annex to a developer — a move that would mean relocating hundreds of city workers to other parts of downtown.

Read more from the Star Tribune

Weezer to kick off 30th anniversary 'Blue Album' tour in Saint Paul

Alt-rock mainstays Weezer will kick off their next tour Sept. 4 at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.

The upcoming tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of their self-titled debut (known as the “Blue Album”). Produced by Ric Ocasek of the Cars, it launched a trio of power-pop hits in “Undone — The Sweater Song,” “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So.” They’ll be playing the album in full along with a selection of other songs drawn from throughout their career.

Read more from the Pioneer Press

Here's a glance at what's happening downtown this week.

A full look at what's coming up can be found on our event calendar. Check it out!

Our apologies - the previous version of this week's newsletter's event calendar was out of sorts. Corrected version below! 

Mar. 14-17



Mar. 14

Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 15-16

SPCO Express Concert: Bach's Double Violin Concerto


Mar. 15-17

Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall: A Rock Ballet'

Fitzgerald Theatre

Mar. 15

Olivia Rodrigo

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 15

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Mar. 15


Palace Theatre

Mar. 16-17

Alary's Bar reopening for 2 days only St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Alary's Bar

Mar. 16

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Landmark Center

Mar. 16

2024 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Rice Park to CHS Field

Mar. 16

2024 Ballpark Hooley

CHS Field

Mar. 16

Gangsterland Blarney Walking Tour

Rice Park

Mar. 16

PWHL Minnesota vs. New York

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 17

An Irish Day of Dance

Landmark Center

Mar. 20

The Moth Twin Cities GrandSLAM Championship

Fitzgerald Theatre

Mar. 21



Mar. 21

Red Cross Blood Drive

Union Depot

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Guide to the Saint Patrick's Day Parade


2024 Saint Patrick's Day Parade presented by the St. Patrick's Association.

Saint Paul's Irish spirit will be on display, including Miss Shamrock and Mr. Pat, Irish Dignitaries, Grand Marshals, local parade sponsors as well as Irish entertainment to include Irish dancers, bagpipers and more.


Saturday, March 16

(Since 1967, it has been tradition to hold the celebration on an alternative day if the holiday falls on a Sunday or a Holy Day. This year, March 17 falls on a Sunday.)


Beginning in Rice Park through downtown, ending at CHS Field for the post-parade party, The St. Pat's Association's Ballpark Hooley (sponsored by Guinness). The afterparty will feature live music, Irish beer and CHS Field Concourse food and drink specials.

Plus, click here for Visit Saint Paul's guide to Irish restaurants in Saint Paul.

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Make sure you're following the Downtown Alliance on social media to stay up to date on all the latest downtown events and news. Plus, we do love giveaways, so you never know when you could end up with tickets, swag or other great downtown prizes. 



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