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Final reflection: Summit-University

A lot of people may say, why do we need to learn about intercultural communications? Well, we are also exposed or influenced by the cultures of the community that were living in or we travel to it.  The twin cities are also becoming more and more diversity each day. Therefore, it became necessary to understand intercultural communications and factors that affect them such as cultural spaces, identity, history, social, economics, and power dynamics and so on.

Although I have lived in different countries with diverse cultures, and I have been exposed with different cultures, my view about the cultures and the intercultural communications is greatly developed during this class.  I am beginning to understand how the historical, economic, social and physical contexts are important to understand the culture and the power dynamic, how each cultural space is constructed through the identity and how these diverse cultures communicate each other and demarcated their cultures in a way that effected their identity and power in order to communicate and to form community, neighborhood and cities that can understand and live together.

Although my visit to the Summit-University neighborhood was a life changing experience, knowing the history of this neighborhood helped me to understand how this community came to be, because the history as driving force that shapes our understanding of culture.  It is also a powerful tool that connects us to the past and it plays important part our present lives. It determines who we are, were we come from, why and how we do what we do in every day. It helps to understand how the culture and how the identity of this community formed and changed through the time.

During my research about the Summit-University neighborhood, I found out that the people who settled in Summit- University around 1850 were European immigrants, white Christians and the dominant culture at that time was Christian culture.  Around 1880 many working class and middle classes also moved the neighborhood and build big houses in which mostly considered as historical buildings (Minnesota historical society wwww.mnhs.org/).

Due the immigration flow, the neighborhood became more diverse than ever, so the cultures, identities, and believes. We also observe this diversity during our visit of this neighborhood and when we asked one of the neighborhoods   as far as cultural diversity goes, is there a lot of that around here?  Oh yes, yea. That’s a good thing… to see different race, different people. And they’re actually helping each other out. Like, it was crazy at first. Africans and Somalians, we did not get along, for nothing. Now, we’re talking to each other. You know, we communicate. That’s good. The corner store guy, you know, he’s Somalians and we’re best friends. And it’s wonderful now, talking to everybody. It’s good.

Today the neighborhood contains diverse ethnic groups such as Asians, Caucasians, African-Americans, Latinos, and even East Africans that live together and from community. As I observe during my visit, the community is well connected. It also has newspapers that connect within the neighborhood and other neighborhoods and the city.  , it has many businesses which are populated on a Selby Avenue. It also has historical places.

The factors that helped us to understand the forces that drove such interaction and intercultural communications between this neighborhood and other neighborhoods and the city are not limited to the history and culture.  The understanding of cultural spaces and boundaries also contribute our understanding about how such diverse community communicates.

As martin and Nakayama, the authors of a book called “Intercultural Communication in Context” stated, the cultural space can be physical such as home (a place where you grew up) or metaphorical such as internet. And there are some factors that contribute t it such as religious practices, food and so on.  The home is also defined by its location such as neighborhood, city, region and country and the relationship you have with.

The location that we are focusing on is the summit – university neighborhood and its cultural spaces and identity. As every community, the Summit-University neighborhood contains diverse ethnic groups such as Asians, Caucasians, African-Americans, Latinos, and even East Africans. Each of these groups have different believes, values, food, and dress code.

Thus, the combinations of these factors create what we called cultural spaces and invisible boundaries.  Therefore, when communities with diverse cultures meet, they must develop intercultural communications and understanding of their diverse cultures. Thus, they must compromise and demarcated their cultural spaces and invisible boundaries in a way that affected the identity and but create a unique community that can function and live together. Thus, this community must compromise their identity and became multi-identity which in turn can lead multiculturalism which increases the communication members among the community and outside the community.

Understanding the history of the Power of this neighborhood became another important force that that helped us to understand interaction of community at any level such neighborhoods, cities, and even at government level.  The Power also determines what to be taught at school, what language will be taught or spoken in a particular community. Power sets and defines the rules and the laws.

Power is often hidden, but dynamic.   It changes through the history.  Historically the Summit- university neighborhood, white coo munity was he dominant ones and they are the ones that had the power. Although the power is changing, the white peoples till have the power.  This can be seen when you visit the work forces, schools, and hospitals.  You can also observe the lifestyle difference between the whites and people of color such us housing.

Another factor that influenced how the neighborhoods or cities interact and communicate is socio- economies which also tied with power. The minority people who live in this neighborhood are low income and due to their low economic level they have poor housing, less power when compare to the majority that live in this neighborhood.

Despite these differences, the neighborhood acts as community and almost gets along. They build a community that interacts and connected to one another. They have local newspapers, in which they discuss how they discuss safety, sanitary, education, and so on. Despite the negative press against this community, the community sees a positive community and it always considered as promising community.

References:

  1. Ramsey Hill Association. http://ramseyhill.org.
  2.  Summit University planning Council. http://.summit-u.com
  3. Minnesota historical societywww.mnhs.org/wwww.mnhs.org/
  4. Martin and Nakayama. “Intercultural communication In Context” 1997.pages 110-133

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Power: Summit- University neighborhood

Power is an import force that influences the interaction, communication, and existence of every community. It is often hidden, but dynamic and it is always changing.  The power dictates what history to be told how to be told and who will tell it. Power also determines what to be taught at school, what language will be taught or spoken in a particular community. Power sets and defines the rules and the laws.

But the degree, in which this power is exercised, is different for every community and within any community. This power difference could exist at ethnic, race, gender, and socioeconomic, or age levels and it always creates dominants, those who have the power and control, and sub-ordinates, the less powered ones.  As martin and Nakayama ,the authors of a book called “Intercultural communication In Context” stated, the dominant try to remain their power whatever it takes, the subordinates try to challenge this power (martin and Nakayama 1997).

As every community, the Summit-University neighborhood, the 8th district in St. Paul, Minnesota, is influenced the power (www.mnhs.or). Through the history and culture, we can understand the power dynamics of this community.   The power, culture and history go hand by hand and influence each other.  In early 1850, the majority of the people who settled in this neighborhood European immigrants, thus the most dominant community that existed at that time were Caucasians (http://ramseyhill.org).  Since they were the dominant ethics at this neighborhood, they were the ones that had the dominant culture and the power.   Since the power dictates almost every aspect of the community, the official language spoken in this community also became the English language.

As we mention earlier, power and identity also coexisted. Thus, not all white people had power, but because of their gender differences, the white men also had power over the white women.  The power difference of this community can be seen their ways of life, for example the houses they were lived. Today some of these houses are still standing and became some historical sites (Minnesota Historical Society).

As we also look at the contemporary live of this community, we can see how the white people still have some the power although it is changing.  The white women are getting more power than ever.    As we mention earlier, the power is dynamic and changing.  There were two factors that were driving this change.  One was the immigration flow. The other one was that the      sub-ordinates were challenging the power.

In late 1900, there were many different immigrants that were settled in this neighborhood such us Asians, and recent ones are East Africans. These new ethnic groups brought their culture and languages with them. Since the diversity of this neighborhood increased, the challenge of the dominant power also increased.

Today, the Caucasians still are dominant and powerful ones in this neighborhood.  This explains what we observe during our visit of this neighborhood.  The people that we saw in the east of this neighborhood were white, and live in big houses (mansions) with different styles.  And the people we mostly saw in the western part were people of color and live in small and old houses. As the census on 2000 indicated, the 40% of the community live there are white the minority groups.

The power and socioeconomics also influence each other.  The most minorities that live in this community are low income  and immigrant  and  Few of them are working classes. Thus, they tend to have less involvement with government and political positions.  While the upper and working class and upper calls people tend to have power and they are the ones who control the political. The quality of the schools also depend the amount of the tax that the particular community pays. The schools that are located in the low income community are given less funding while the schools that located in upper and middle classes are well funded.  This has some ting to do whit the power and socioeconomic

Power also determines what to be taught at school and what languages are used.  Although that there are so many diverse language in this community, the English language is the official language that are taught at schools spoken at government offices.  In summary, we can say that the power is dynamic and it is changing due to the increasing diversity of the community, and power challenges from minority and sub-ordinates.

Reference:

  1. Ramsey Hill Association. http://ramseyhill.org.
  2.  Summit University planning Council. http://.summit-u.com
  3. Minnesota historical societywww.mnhs.org/wwww.mnhs.org/
  4. Martin and Nakayama. “Intercultural communication In Context” 1997.pages 110-133

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Analyzing the identity of Summit-University Neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota through its history and contemporary context

Identity is very complex and it shaped by many factors such as the history, and culture as Martin and Nakayama stated in their book ‘Intercultural Communication in Context”.   Many sub –identity can exist in a community and contribute the overall identity of the particular neighborhood. The Identity of any community is not stationary.  It is dynamic and it is always changing.  Since the identity changes through time, learning the history of particular neighborhood or community can reveal its identity and how it changed through time. Same is true for the Summit – University neighborhood.  When you visit this neighborhood, you can observe a lot and tell the identity of this neighborhood, but you will learn more about the identity of this community when you learn the history of its immigration.

The Summit – University neighborhood which is located in the 8th district in St. Paul in Minnesota is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in St. Paul. As Minnesota ahistorical society stated, http://www.mnhs.org/  this community contains different ethnic groups such as Hispanic, African – Americans, Asians, Somalian, and Caucasians.  Each of these ethnic groups has its own language cultural value.  Immigration is an important factor that drives the community identity development. In 1850, the people who live in this neighborhood were farmers who share the same cultural value, common language and common social status, mostly white Christians.  Less diversity existed during that time.

In 1880, when the streetcar line started, the community changed and middle and working classes move into the neighborhood. The community changed from farmers to middle class. The Summit-university neighborhood changed dramatically when wealthy people living in the St. Paul business area, moved into the Summit-university neighborhood. At this time, the identity of the community changed from middle class to and rich and upper class community mostly white Christian dominated community. The source of the economics of this community was the commercial. Neighborhood changed and built mansions that have different styles.

In the last century, especially last decades the neighborhood dramatically became more diverse than ever.   The immigration was the important factor that was shaping the identity of this community.  The immigration flow also causes political change and social change which shape the identity of this community.   When we asked one of this neighborhood,     As far as cultural diversity goes, is there a lot of that around here? He said Oh yes, yea. That’s a good thing… to see different race, different people. And they’re actually helping each other out. Like, it was crazy at first. Africans and Somalians, we did not get along, for nothing. Now, we’re talking to each other. You know, we communicate. That’s good. The corner store guy, you know, he’s Somalian and we’re best friends. And it’s wonderful now, talking to everybody. It’s good”.

People of this community speech many different languages such as the English, Somali, and Mongo and so on. But the common language is English.  The English speaking community is the majority of this neighborhood.

The most businesses are located at Selby Avenue, where you can find hotel, bars, bakeries, and so on.  You can also observe much business owned by specific mall ethnic groups. These businesses usually sell the traditional food of particular ethnic community. I was so surprised when I enter a small store which was located the Summit – University neighborhood that was selling my own traditional food. The owner was speaking my language, Somali. This is an example how the identity of this community is change through time and the immigration became one of the most important factors that is shaping the identity of this neighborhood.

Despite these changes, the community is still growing.   Today this community share common identity as being Summit –University resident despite their origin, religion, ethnicity, and race, a As the Twin city daily newspaper stated, tcdaily newspaper. It became what we call the Summit- University neighborhood. The community is well organize and connected and sometimes media refers as promising neighborhood, as the twin city daily news latter indicated, http://www.tcdailyplanet.net

The neighborhood itself refers as a community as I observed when we were interviewing two members of this neighborhood.    When we asked one of them, would you consider this part of the neighborhood a community? He said “Oh of course. People are always getting together now, not separating. People and places are always trying to get us all together, seems like each week. Next Sunday, actually there’s a church gathering at one of those big churches by Summit Avenue. We all get together there as a community.”

The culture of ethnics in the community such as, religion, language contribute a lot and shape the identity of particular community and neighborhood  and these and historical context, contemporary political and social context are what shaped the identity of particular community or neighborhood.

References:

  1. Judith N. martin and Thomas K. Nakayama. “Intercultural Communications in Contexts”. Chapter 5.  Pages 161-217.
  2. Minnesota Historical Society.  http://www.mnhs.org/
  3. Summit University planning Council.   Http://summit –u.com/.
  1.  Twin city daily newspaper. www.tcdailyplanet.net.

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by | June 5, 2012 · 10:54 pm

Why it is Difficult to talk about the Race


Before we discuss our question, “why it is difficult to talk about the race?” we need to understand what the race is. One definition that Beverly D. Tatum, the author of a book called “Why all Black kids are sitting in the Cafeteria Together”, uses for race is that the race is a system of advantage.  But I would prefer another definition, because I would like to use this term when I am talking about the negative effect of the race.

My definition of race is a complex identity in which you accumulate through your history.  Why did I choose this definition?  In my opinion, the race is not what we choose to be and belong to a race is not a problem.   But the problem arises what we use the race as system of advantage. A system that gives advantage (decent jobs, housing, education and so on) to a person and denies these benefits for another person based on his / her race and this is where the Beverly’s definition of race came into play.  

Do we need to talk about the race? Yes we do indeed, because our community has problems that arose from the race (racism) whether some is aware or not. Why do we have these problems?  The US is more international than any country in the world and when these different communities with deferent cultures and different values meet, some culture clashes, misunderstanding and stereotypes arise. Then, the combination of the above factors plus the power became the basis of racism which is also referred as system of advantage.

  I would define  racism in  way to discriminate among community based of their race and deny the advantages that some would get in his/her community such education, jobs, housing and so on and  another one gets all those advantage because of his/ her race.  Since some people are discriminated according to their race, then discussion about the race became difficult.

 Another factor that also made the race discussion difficult is that a most of people don’t have the same opinion when it comes to the race and racism.  Some people are also unaware the existent of the racism as the Beverly stated in her book, “when I ask about the race and racism, most people were saying is there racism”. Thus, the people in the community have different level of understanding and awareness of what race and racism mean. For example, the person that grew up in diverse community is more aware the race than the person who grew up in a community that contain only one race. The victim of racism (disadvantage one) is more aware the existence of racism than the advantage one.

 The question is how, when can we discuss the race and what is our goal of this discussion?         I think these are the most difficult questions about race discussion. In my opinion, I would say let us star awareness of the negative effect of the race, before we go into a deeper discussion about the race. Let us show that some human beings are suffering because of this.    Then discuss the race and its effect wherever you are suitable.  Our goal has to be understanding, discussion and problem solving in order to increase the intercultural communication.

Reference:

Beverly D. Tatum. “Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting together in the Cafeteria.” 1997.

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Contemporary Context of Summit –university Neighborhood


My visit to the Summit-university neighborhood, the 8th district of St. Paul, Minnesota, was one of the amazing moments that I will remember. The Summit university neighborhood is located close to downtown St. Paul and it lays along the Mississippi river. As  the summit –university planning council website  stated, (http://summit-U.com/ ), there are four sub-neighborhoods in Summit-university neighborhood “Aurora/St. Anthony, Rondo, Ramsey hill/Cathedral hill, Selby-Dale”.

The north boundary extends until university Avenue. The south side of this neighborhood reaches the summit Avenue, which is the boundary between the summit hill neighborhood and summit-university neighborhood. The west side of Summit–university neighborhood extends to the Lexington parkway.

The community seemed is quiet and peaceful,  open, and nice.  The summit –university neighborhood is well constructed community, which interacts a lot. As I go through in the community, I observed diverse community that live peacefully and interact well each other.  As the media called “Twin city daily planet” indicated, this neighborhood is always referred as promising neighborhood, www.tcdailyplanet.  Thus, this neighborhood is considered the most difference community in the St. Paul area. It contains different ethnic groups such as Hispanic, African – Americans, Asians, Somali, and Caucasians.  Each of these ethnic groups has its own language  and cultural value.  Although there are great diversity exist in this community, it seems that the community is still growing.

It is so amazing how this diverse community can interact in order to build up such strong community. This community is usually referred as the promising community. What made this unique is interaction between members of the community. Although such difference exist this neighborhood, they still communicate, and discuss their issues. The community has a board community that meets the last Thursday of each month, where they discuss the important issues of the community such as the education, safety, sanitary (recycling, community clean up).  They also discuss the  issue about the neighborhood that need to be discussed at city level.

The above picture is community members that are in a meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The education becomes one of the most important issue that brings the community together and well discussed. The community has eight public schools, three private schools and some  colleges: College of visual arts and   St.Paul technical college.  Sanitary is also another issue that the community concerns and discussed mostly. They have volunteers, recycling program as you can see the below photo.

Another issue that the community discusses is safety issue.  There  are different local news in this neighborhood;  electronic news and  print news that was published by Summit- University planning council and    quarterly news papers ,The front  Porch an the Print addition .   Although these news papers dont emphases that much  about the crime of this community,  you call tell that there is a lot crime in this neighborhood,  as the conversation that we had  with two residents of the Summit-University neighborhood indicated, they said  that there many police in the neighborhood which may be related the safety issue.  Both of these persons indicated and emphasized their concern about the police that are moving around in their community each day.   When I visited the  www.spotcrime.com, a  local crime alert  news,  there were many crimes that were happening in this neighborhood such as robbery, assault, vandalism,  theft,burglary and so on.   The community has monthly newsletter which they also discuss the issues in their community http://ramseyhill.org/ .    despite these crimes , this community is always referred as promising community as  the news paper called Twin Cities Daily Planet stated. The community its self  sees peaceful    and the crime seems to be decreasing.   The  Twin city  news paper also indicated how  this neighborhood is  connected to the rest of the city www.tcdailyplanet. Economically, this neighborhood is very diverse.  Most minority and immigrant groups living in this community are low income people.  There are also  middle class people who live  in a big houses.

The community has many social events that increase the community interaction and intercultural communications such as, restaurant night and book reading. The restaurant nigh is a night where Ramsey Hill association committee meets with other neighborhood members in one of the neighborhood restaurant once a month. Another social event is book reading club which helps the neighborhood to be well informed to adapt the current social changes.  The community also is expecting the construction of a railroad in the neighborhood which may increase the transportation.

One of the most interesting this neighborhood is the historical buildings. There are also many other historical churches and buildings in the neighborhood.  One of the well-known historic church is cathedral church (the above picture), which was built in 1914.

Another important historical building that deserves to be mention is the governors house (the above picture). It is located the boundary between the summit- university neighborhood and the summit hill neighborhood. This building was originally built as a family house in 1912.  But now it is a place, where the Minnesota governor resides.   These historical builds are considered the most important and amazing historical buildings in the USA where a lot of people visit each summer. These historical places are usually open for visit between the months of June and July (http://ramseyhill.org/).

Although this neighborhood does not have bid malls but they have small markets (Mississippi marker), small restaurants, and bars. Some of the most famous businesses at this neighborhood are a Piece of cake baker, and Nin’s coffee. .Most of the businesses in this neighborhood lay along the Selby Avenue and it the place where most community interactions occur.

References:

  1. Live Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP) .Htttp://www.livemsp.org/
  2. Ramsey Hill Association. http://ramseyhill.org.
  3.  Summit University planning Council.   Http://summit –u.com/
  4.  Twin city daily newspaper. www.tcdailyplanet.net.
  5. local crime news www.sportcrime .com

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by | June 1, 2012 · 6:56 pm

Power Determines what History to be Told and How it will be Told

 

History is a powerful tool that connects us to the past and it plays important part our present lives. It determines who we are, were we come from, why and how we do what we do in every day. By knowing the history we are able to define our beliefs and why we do believe them. The history also narrates the events and facts that happened in the past. That event leaves a moment in our lives that we always remember, although the way we remember it is different and not all stories are told in a same way and the same degree.

As Judith and Nakayama stated in their book “Intercultural Communication in contexts”, the way and what history to be told is determined by different factors The way and what history to be told is determined by different factors It depends on the type of history, the importance of the history and whom it is important to. It also depends on what to be told, who will tell it and how it will be told, and whose story to be told.  Some examples of history are family history, national history, ethnic history, race history, gender history, and so on.   Family history is mostly narrated in an unwritten form (oral form) and people usually pass generation by generation.  For example, in United States, most people came from other counties around the world and most of them are eager to trace their roots through family history. By knowing your family history makes you aware who you are and it shapes your identity.

The national history (USA) usually contains the events that important to the country or major discoveries that took place in the past. For example the founding fathers, the civil war between the south and the North, the telephone invention and so on. The way, how and what to be told these histories is determined the power, specially the government power.  For example the government controls what to be taught at schools.  An excellent example is the conflict that arose from the history text book changes Texas in 2010, where some people wanted to change some contents in the history text books. The historians were claiming that the erasing some contents from history text books will erase part of history of our country and the there is no substitutes at all.

Another example is the attack on Mexican – American studies in Arizona. Arizona officials were claiming that the Mexican history teaches the student the hate and should not be taught at schools. They were also claiming that these people want to overturn the USA government (http://www.insidehighered.com). In contrast, the both student and teachers were claiming that they were benefiting from this class and the high school drop outs decreased greatly. Despite these positive outcomes, the government shut of the program.

Some histories are not well represented, such as the slavery history and the way it was represented was determined the power. As the Beverly Tatum, the author of the “Why are All black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” indicated in her book,  the history of the slavery is not well represented at schools because no  one talks about  the side and how  African- Americans viewed the slavery.  The details of the revolutionary war against the slavery are also missing in history text books.

Another untold history is the women’s history.  Due to the power of men, women suffer a lot in the past and they fought their rights a lot but it was barely mentioned in the text books until recent years. As we see, the power is what determined what history is told and what history is hidden ad silenced. Another hidden history and not talked that much is disability history. As the Burch and Sutherland, the authors of “Who’s Not Here yet- American Disability History” stated, the disability history is historically forgotten and it barely talked about. Historically, the disability were viewed the unfit, and less intelligent, and these assumptions hide the disability history until recent years. Due the missing parts of this history effected our perceptions and the way we view them.

As we saw, there are different kinds of histories, family history, national history, disability history, and so on. These stories are not told in a same way and the power determines how it will be told, who tells it, and what to be told. Any missing or hidden histories effected our present time and the intercultural communication.

References:

  1. Judith N. martin and Thomas K. Nakayama. “Intercultural Communications in Contexts”. Chapter 4. Pages 120-158.
  2. Kaustuv Basu. “Arizona officials target Mexican-American studies Department” 2012. The Inside Higher ED. (http://www.insidehighered.com.
  3. Beverly D.  Tatum, “Why all the Black kids Sitting Together in the cafeteria?”. 1997.
  4. Susan Burch and Ian Sutherland. “ Who is Not Here Yet. American Disability History. Pages 127-147.

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by | May 30, 2012 · 10:55 pm

The History of Summit-University Neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Summit – university neighborhood is located in the 8th district in St. Paul in Minnesota. It lays along the Mississippi river. There are four sub-neighborhoods in Summit-university neighborhoods “Aurora/St. Anthony, Rondo, Ramsey hill/Cathedral hill, Selby-Dale”. The north boundary extends until university Avenue. The south side of this neighborhood reaches the summit Avenue which is the boundary between the summit hill neighborhood and summit-university neighborhood. The west side of Summit–university neighborhood extends to the Lexington parkway.

My visit of this neighborhood was one of my best experiences since I have been in Minnesota.  The neighborhood is so quiet, and peaceful. It has beautiful view where you can see most of down town St. Paul. The Mississippi river is also another site that contributes the beauty of the neighborhood.  As walk the streets of this neighborhood you will notice the diversity of this neighborhood. When we interviewed some of the residents of the neighborhood, we were so amazed how they were open and welcomed us. The neighborhood is mostly a residential place, although it contains some business and some historical places.

The neighborhood seemed to be divided into two parts; the eastern part which has some mansions with different styles and the western north part which has small houses.  In order to know more about the neighborhood, I did some research and as the Ramsey County Historical Society indicated, the why this small neighborhood was divided so greatly has is reflected the history some of the neighborhood. (Minnesota Historical society).

The neighborhood became residential area around 1850.The people who settled initially in the Summit area were farmers. One of farmers who settle initially in this neighborhood is a man called George Luckert. His house was built around 1850.  The Summit-university neighborhood changed dramatically when wealthy people living in the St. Paul business area, moved into the Summit neighborhood and built mansions that have different styles. In 1880, when the building streetcar line started, the composition of the community in this neighborhood changed and a lot of working class and middle classes moved in to the neighborhood.

The summit university neighborhood contains many historical buildings.  These historical buildings are found the eastern part of the neighborhood and view of them are found in the northern west due to demolition project that took place around 1960s. Some of these historical buildings are churches.

One of the well-known historic church is cathedral church (the above picture), which was built-in 1914. Another historical build is Gorge sawyer’s house which was built-in 1885.   

Today the neighborhood contained well maintained historical buildings and beautiful residential housings.  These houses contained both big, fancy, more expensive and small houses.  Most of big house are found the Eastern side of the neighborhood. The summit-university – neighborhood has small restaurant, bars, and markets. Some of the most famous business at this neighborhood are: A piece of cake baker, and Nina’s coffee. Most of these businesses populate along the Selby Avenue.  There are no big malls in the neighborhood but there small markets such as Mississippi market where the local community usually shops.

Some of the houses of this neighborhood are still well maintained and many people visit each year the historical places in this neighborhood.  One historical place that I like to mention is the governor’s house (the below picture).

governors house

This building was originally built as a family house in 1912, but now it is a place, where the Minnesota governor resides. It is located at 1006 Summit Avenue.  This house is a great historical building, which people visit each summer. This is a great place to visit.  It is usually open between the months of June and July through the summer for tours (http://ramseyhill.org/)

As almost every community in USA, the summit community was founded by immigrants, but due to the change of the immigration flow, the community seems to be change ethically. It seems to becoming heterogeneous, although there are some areas that are ethnically populated. The summit neighborhood is a community that meets and well-connected it has a bimonthly newspaper that they discuss about a few issues of the neighborhood, such as crime protection and volunteering (Summit hill News).

When I was doing the research I came across many historical photos, and the below photo is the one I liked the most. It was taken around 1903. As the summit planning council indicated, this photo shows the activates children used to do in past times “riding donkey instead of using telephones” and playing video games. Summit planning council. May be we need to know about the children‘s history!!!!!!.

histroicalpicture

References:

  1. Ramsey Hill Association. http://ramseyhill.org.
  2.  Summit University planning Council. http://.summit-u.com
  3. Minnesota historical societywww.mnhs.org/wwww.mnhs.org/

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by | May 25, 2012 · 10:56 pm