I'm on my way to St Paul where residents of one neighborhood are up in arms about a city scheme to install sidewalks.

Live from St Paul! it's the Woodlawn Jefferson Phase II Residential Paving Project Informational Meeting!

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Meeting hasn't started but a guy here is already talking about "multiple city attorneys."

Design this winter. City council approval in February. Construction to start in summer.

96 homes in the project area. 63 before 1929. Another 21 before 1959.

This neighborhood has an intersection called the "cookie and banana" and people here are overjoyed that it won't get T'd off because that would "tee off" residents. Public works person makes jokes.

Public works person knows there's "a lot of consternation" about sidewalks but we'll get to that later.

Tree guy is here. All ash trees are coming down as part of the project. 26 ash trees. Resident: "Are you taking down the ash trees that we've spent money every year to save?" They will have a conversation about that.

Even some non ash trees will go down due to the project. People are concerned. Tree guy: "Roots get cut. Trees will be compromised."

"right now I'm not hearing anyone standing up to say trees are important."

What about the "migratory pattern of the birds... Have you looked at the impact of that?"

"Do we need to talk to the DNR?"

I feel like I've walked into a lawsuit waiting to happen. We haven't even gotten into sidewalks yet.

"My concern is with the sidewalks. You're going to ruin the neighborhood."

A few people don't want trees to come down to make way for sidewalks.

Tree guy giving a list a trees they're planting. Guy says "I'm 65" and predicts he won't live long enough to see them become legitimate trees.

Guy doesn't believe the city's tree guy understands what this will do to the neighborhood. Another guy has a book and has looked up the name of a guy who planted a specific tree.

"No one here wants this. We pay taxes... Our elected officials don't represent us."

Guy here with a plan. "There is a way out. Requires signatures, a petition." It would mean no sidewalks, but no new roadway. Policy says if you fix the street you must get sidewalks.

"We need to wait until there's a different political environment to change the policy."

"In 10 years we may all be in Ubers."

I have an idea. Turn the street into a sidewalk. Ban cars.

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