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Implementing Living Streets in North Saint Paul: A Participation Plan.

Holey, Laura, Kelsey Fogt, Jill Smith, Bethany Brandt-Sargent.

Produced by students in PA 5253: Designing Participation Processes, fall 2013 (Instructor Carissa Schively Slotterback, Humphrey School of Public Affairs) as part of the 2013-2014 Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of North St. Paul. 

The City of North Saint Paul is a Twin Cities suburb located in the northeast quadrant; it is centered north and south of State Highway 36 and lies east of White Bear Avenue and west of Division Street. The city was established in the mid-1800s, primarily through the influence of Henry Castle, a prominent businessman and developer; it was incorporated in 1888 after the North St. Paul Businessmen’s Association brought in telephone and electric services, train service to St. Paul and developed a land use plan that included areas for parks. The city is now fully developed, but is preparing for redevelopment as current improvements in the city age or become functionally obsolete. This provides the city with an opportunity to improve both public and private improvements and enhance both the appeal and quality of life it offers.

The City is now undertaking a major street improvement project over the next 20-year period as described in the City’s Living Streets Plan. Its goal is to create a network of “living streets” throughout the city that would accomplish several objectives. Living street design can incorporate narrower streets, a wider range of transportation choices, safer streets, cleaner surface water quality, and neighborhood beautification. Previously, North Saint Paul attempted to implement Living Streets, but it was met with substantial resistance. Through the participation plan outlined in this proposal we have identified strategic techniques to create buy in and pride to encourage successful implementation.

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
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