Vote fa­vors street­car for W. 7th cor­ri­dor

Line would con­nect down­town St. Paul with MSP, MOA.

Star Tribune - - MINNESOTA - By JANET MOORE janet.moore@star­tri­bune.com

Not so long ago, Crys­tal and Jor­dan Frank-Shan­non de­cided to chuck their day jobs and in­vest their life sav­ings in a small busi­ness called VanGo Auto Re­pair & Ren­tal on St. Paul’s W. 7th Street.

There, they ser­vice im­ported au­tos and rent vin­tage Volk­swa­gen camper vans for the “ul­ti­mate retro glamp­ing ad­ven­ture.” The tiny busi­ness fits smartly with the neigh­bor­hood’s quirky vibe — from the hip­ster Sch­midt Brew­ery artist lofts to stal­wart icons like Mancini’s Char House.

A new ad­di­tion could be com­ing — a “mod­ern” street­car link­ing Union De­pot in down­town St. Paul to the Min­neapo­lis-St. Paul In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the Mall of Amer­ica. On Thurs­day, an ad­vi­sory group of elected of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers rec­om­mended the $1.2 bil­lion street­car op­tion to run along W. 7th — an early, but sig­nif­i­cant, step in the tran­sit-plan­ning process.

RENÉE JONES SCH­NEI­DER • re­nee.jones@star­tri­bune.com

Jor­dan and Crys­tal Frank-Shan­non, shown with daugh­ter Ivy, are wor­ried that pro­longed construction to in­stall a street­car along W. 7th Street will dis­rupt busi­ness.

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