A Street Without Cars

by andy dawkins | Feb 28, 2013
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Summary:

Find any single block with like-minded neighbors, no driveways, but garages in alley. Vacate the street (except emergency vehicles)and grow grass / community gardens. Have a gravelly guest parking lot at one end.

Capitalize on like-mindedness with solar roofs or a shared solar garden (selling energy to the grid); a "Time Dollar Bank" (essentially bartering on a voluntary basis: one person banks "dollars" for shoveling, another draws dollars for getting daycare, etc.); and other cooperative, voluntary, group purchasing / selling arrangements (buying community supported agriculture in bulk for a central store, having only one or two shared quiet electric lawn mowers, selling a self-insurance line, offering appliance repair, etc., whatever the block's talents / desires are).

Especially include the kids earning money doing chores for elders, tutoring younger kids,running a no adults, pick-up games, little league, etc.

This one block may or may not demonstrate increased property values for the increased amenities and decreased consumer spending; if not, then the property owners need to be held harmless from any decline in property value. If it works, then we move on to a second block, etc. (I don't think it will cost a million to do the first block.) To choose the first block we'll hold a city-wide competition. I think my neigbors on Lakeview one block east of Como Lake might win.

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About You

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andy

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dawkins

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Saint Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

A Street Without Cars

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Find any single block with like-minded neighbors, no driveways, but garages in alley. Vacate the street (except emergency vehicles)and grow grass / community gardens. Have a gravelly guest parking lot at one end.
Capitalize on like-mindedness with solar roofs or a shared solar garden (selling energy to the grid); a "Time Dollar Bank" (essentially bartering on a voluntary basis: one person banks "dollars" for shoveling, another draws dollars for getting daycare, etc.); and other cooperative, voluntary, group purchasing / selling arrangements (buying community supported agriculture in bulk for a central store, having only one or two shared quiet electric lawn mowers, selling a self-insurance line, offering appliance repair, etc., whatever the block's talents / desires are).
Especially include the kids earning money doing chores for elders, tutoring younger kids,running a no adults, pick-up games, little league, etc.
This one block may or may not demonstrate increased property values for the increased amenities and decreased consumer spending; if not, then the property owners need to be held harmless from any decline in property value. If it works, then we move on to a second block, etc. (I don't think it will cost a million to do the first block.) To choose the first block we'll hold a city-wide competition. I think my neigbors on Lakeview one block east of Como Lake might win.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

All these things already have proven successful, but nowhere have they all been pulled together on one city block. This will inspire lots of blocks to find thier best organizer to make it all happen.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

If it works (and I can't see how it won't because it brings people together collaboratively to save money, save the environment, eat healthy, live longer and increase their property values),then this one demonstration of success should snowball into successes all over town.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

It will be highly visual. It has demonstrable ways to measure success. Reporters will be coming from all over the world. It is easily replicatable. All it takes is a good organizer and a little seed money, and eventually more than pays for itself.

apolinario sasam said: Well, that would be really nice. It seems absolutely pretty good though. I'm sure it would be so much nicer that what we have now. - ... about this Competition Entry. - 2656 days ago read more >

andy dawkins updated this Competition Entry. - 2879 days ago

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