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West Side Professional Review and Guide
"Directly south of downtown St. Paul and across the Mississippi River, the West Side is a geographic misnomer and an interesting historical and present-day neighborhood. It was settled after the first Wabasha Street Bridge was completed in 1859 but was not annexed by the city until 1874. The river was then a filthy industrial area prone to flooding, so, not surprisingly, the West Side was settled by a mix of poor ethnic groups. The Jewish community accounted for more than 70% of the neighborhood’s population in 1915. Once significantly larger as the West Side Flats, the size of the business and residential area was reduced by urban renewal and later transformed into an industrial park."
--Holly Day, Sherman Wick, Walking Twin Cities (Wilderness Press).
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