Clear The Way

by Benita Warns | Mar 04, 2013
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What would I do with one million dollars to make St. Paul great? I would keep all the sidewalks and crosswalks clear of snow and ice in winter so many of our most vulnerable users - seniors and others with limited mobility - can get around all year. I would convene a task force made up of engineering students, people with limited mobility, and potential angel funders to develop a method or machine to quickly and effectively clear the ramps and crosswalks and a plan to deploy it throughout the City of St. Paul. It may be possible to provide this machine to responsible neighborhood groups and use volunteers to run it, or organize teams of high-school students to do this work.

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Clear The Way

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

What would I do with one million dollars to make St. Paul great? I would keep all the sidewalks and crosswalks clear of snow and ice in winter so many of our most vulnerable users - seniors and others with limited mobility - can get around all year. I would convene a task force made up of engineering students, people with limited mobility, and potential angel funders to develop a method or machine to quickly and effectively clear the ramps and crosswalks and a plan to deploy it throughout the City of St. Paul. It may be possible to provide this machine to responsible neighborhood groups and use volunteers to run it, or organize teams of high-school students to do this work.

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

Why is my idea different or unexpected? No one that I have spoken with thinks it is possible to develop an affordable way to keep our sidewalks and crosswalks clear of ice and snow in winter.

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

Why do I think people will recognize or remember my idea after it comes to life? How will it inspire others to do something similar in their community? We have invested close to one billion of our tax dollars to build a light rail transit line on University Avenue, plus we spend millions every year to provide public transportation. However, there are many people who cannot use these amenities because their limited mobility (i.e. balance or use of wheelchair) makes it impossible to independently travel from their homes to the transit stops because of the accumulation of ice and snow in the streets at just about every corner. When the city plows snow, they leave a large mound of snow at just about every intersection and it blocks the crosswalk. This snow becomes compacted and icy.

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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)

Just about everyone in St. Paul has had to deal with this problem in one way or another. Solving it would make St. Paul a world class city all year long by making just as easy to travel in winter as in the rest of the year. I don't know of any northern climate city that has attempted this, but I believe it is possible.

apolinario sasam said: This is really nice. I hope this would be pushed through. It's such a nice idea. - Roger Stanton about this Competition Entry. - 2510 days ago read more >
Krisa Acorda said: One of the good things that this discussion will eventually make would be the great impact that it could bring to people. - Lindsay ... about this Competition Entry. - 2635 days ago read more >

Benita Warns submitted this idea. - 2878 days ago