As a first time homebuyers, we wanted a home that was close to restaurants, access to farmer markets, great cultural attractions, and accessibility to public transportation. We quickly found ourselves looking for a homes along West 7th and in the West Side neighborhoods.
It wasn’t until after we looked at, what seemed to be, more than 100 houses, that we stumbled upon the Home Tour in St. Paul. We saw two remarkable old-charm homes with an updated face-lift in the Little Bohemia Neighborhood, along West 7th. We started to do some research about this area and discovered that they had an active neighborhood organization.
It was during our negotiation that we were invited to a neighborhood event at a nearby park. That is where we first met Marit Brock. She took time to get to know us and introduced us to our soon to be neighbors. It was amazing to see that right in the middle of the city there was a small community where people connected and work together.
It wasn’t until we attended our first neighborhood meeting that we found out that it the Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association and the Fort Road Federation who were behind the revitalization of the homes and actively working with local businesses and residents to beautify and increase the safety of the area. We later learned that the Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association was born from Marit’s drive and passion to improve her neighborhood, and that she also took an active role in the Fort Road Federation as well.
Over the next several months of we worked with Marit during neighborhood meetings and enjoyed her company as a close neighbor. During this time we came to discover that Marit is someone who reaches out to her entire community and tries to make everyone’s voices heard. Her forward thinking and action–oriented approach is what fueled the change in our neighborhood. And it is for these reasons that we so strongly support Marit’s in her candidacy for City Council.
JJ Fuentes and Brittney Schuller
22 Douglas Street