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Mears Park Place


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cmatelot

Resident 2007 - 2008

6/6/2008

Mixed Bag - Pay Less Money and Live in a Better Neighborhood

Mears Park Place is a great place to live IF you work downtown in the skyway system. It's too expensive if you don't need to be downtown daily. Also, it's difficult for your visitors - there's no place to park without pumping the meters every two hours. Also, you'll need to escort them to their cars at night. I enjoyed my year-long stay, but I had my reasons. 1. I went to my friends, I did not let them come to me, and 2. I received a special, move-in deal on the rent. If I were to stay another year, it would cost nearly $1000. In St Paul, that is Way Too Much To Pay (you could easily have a house payment for that amount). There are wonderful places in much better neighborhoods than this. Now the staff - they have been absolutely wonderful. HOWEVER, THIS DOWNTOWN IS NOT SAFE - right after I moved in, all of our bicycles were cut loose and stolen from the underground, keycard-only, garage. Apparently, other buildings in the same block had the same thing happen. The police really did nothing (I had evidence with fingerprints and they were not interested). After I lived here awhile I realized why: downtown St Paul is Not Safe. The massive bike thefts were probably the least of the police's worry. The rest of St Paul is Wonderful: a truly Livable city, with loads of parks and green spaces, history, the Mississippi river and some wonderful lakes - lots of recreational opportunities (I came from Chicago). There is no reason to live here and not feel safe, like you can walk and live after dark. However, you cannot do these things downtown. Trust me. I've lived in Minnesota since 1985: Pay Less Money and Live in a Much Better Neighborhood.

    Review 44 out of 50

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