Lowertown has of late had a renaissance in its standing in the Twin Cities, and in the whole Upper Midwest, thanks in large part to a lot of new young residents in their mid to late twenties and early thirties. This new boom is thanks in large part to the Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation, which brought a large influx of artists in through the ‘70s and ‘80s.
As the Lower Landing of the area on the Mississippi River, Lowertown started as a major hub of industry in the early years of Minnesota statehood. Much banking, railroad and other types of business inhabited the large buildings you can still see in Lowetown today. The area hit a big decline after the Depression and needed a boost, which it first got from the renovation of several historic office buildings in the 1970s, and the creation of Mears Park in 1973.
In 1983, the Lowertown area was put onto the National Register of Historic Places and soon after designated a Heritage Preservation site by the City of St. Paul. It now is working to put Union Depot to further use, starting with the new Green Line LRT station. And starting next year, the St. Paul Saints will begin playing at the new Lowertown Ballpark.