Summit Avenue, the longest boulevard of intact Victorian and Edwardian mansions in the nation, is the southern border of the Summit-University neighborhood. Adjacent to the famous avenue, which was recently named one of America’s 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association, is the Selby-Dale district. This bustling retail area in the Cathedral Hill area of Summit-University includes dining establishments with lush outdoor patios, confectionaries, galleries, antique shops, French bakeries and coffee shops often located in historic structures like the Dacotah Building and Blair Arcade.
Summit-University also encompasses one of St. Paul’s lost neighborhoods, the Rondo Neighborhood: a vibrant center of African-American life destroyed by the construction of I-94. Still, the neighborhood flourishes with ethnic diversity, and is home to young professionals, creative entrepreneurs, families and retirees.
The Cathedral of St. Paul marks the eastern terminus of Selby Avenue. To the north the new Green Line light rail on University Avenue provides easy access to the markets, restaurants, shops and culture of St. Paul’s growing Asian and African communities.