EXCERPT: “Once upon a time on St. Paul’s East Side, an abandoned railroad line surrounded by junkyards and mounds of asphalt covered what is now a busy commercial corridor, Phalen Boulevard. Few businesses could keep their doors open east of Hwy. 61 and most residents lived in single-family homes. That was Ward 6 — a scene of low-density, residential development and swaths of industrial land — in 1996, when the area’s most recent elected council member, Dan Bostrom, took office. Since then, however, new developments and residents have transformed the ward, which includes the neighborhoods of Frost Lake Park, Hayden Heights, Hazel Park, Payne-Phalen, Phalen Village and Prosperity Park.” FULL STORY: