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St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood is now considered one of the top “up and coming” neighborhoods in the country, according to a USA Today report.
The paper’s “Experience America” travel page listed Lowertown alongside the likes of Detroit’s Midtown, New Orleans’ Freret Street, the Santa Fe Railyard and others as previously blighted neighborhoods undergoing a renaissance. Apparently, renaissance means hipsters. The paper cited a recent real-estate study that crowned Lowertown as the nation’s top hipster ZIP code as a contributing factor to its rebirth. The Lowertown ZIP code includes a “high proportion” of people between 25 and 34 years old who use public transportation and rent their housing, the report said. The writeup also includes mentions of Union Depot and its many trains, along with Mears Park, the open-year-round Farmers’ Market and outdoor music venues. Rebuilt and repurposed 19th-century buildings also add to its charm while Barrio, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market and The Bulldog pave the way for “Midwest modern” cuisine, the USA Today list said.