Ford currently owns the 122-acre site along the Mississippi River in the Highland Park neighborhood. For years, the company made it clear that it did not want single-family homes included in future development of the site. That has changed.
The issue has become a rare one in the open mayoral election. That is, one that cleanly separates the candidates from one another.
The current plan is the culmination of 10 years of work by the city of St. Paul, Ford, state environmental agencies and regional economic development groups. Not everybody is happy with it.
By showing where streets, parks and open space may be placed inside the 135-acre site, the public finally has a glimpse of what the former Ford plant will look like when it grows up.