Growing St Paul Communities

by Peter Tanghe | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

I would use the money to set up a planned neighborhood. The epicenter would be community gardens and an urban farm. This growing space would be surrounded by senior living center(s), school(s), mixed housing and retail space. All ages would work together to tend the gardens/farm. Farm would also have its own staff. It would be a field trip destination for St Paul Schools. Produce would be sold at farmers markets, restaurants and to the participating programs cafeterias. The farm would include some greenhouses/hothouses so that it could function year round. Planned community could include a health clinic, police station (for mounted police) garden store, indoor market and restaurants. Growing spaces would be designed to encourage recreation with walking paths and places to exercise. Buildings and landscape would be built to capture rain water for irrigation, utilize LEED type buildings. In addition garden spots would be open to people from other neighborhoods who wanted to rent them on an annual basis. Farm would include some animals to drive sustainable farming practices and allow people to also participate in a shared role of raising livestock. Main focus of this community would be to encourage healthy activities and bring people from different communities together around the land. Some potential areas for this community would be off west 7th by Mississipi market just south of the downtown between Plato, Fillmore, Wabasha and Livingstone, the Ford Plant or Phalen corridor. The million dollars would be used for the planning and infrastructure with other groups, (Shalom home, Nova Academy, River's edge acadamy, Peter King Family Practice, HealthPartners, Mississipi Market, St Paul Police Mounted, Private developers, Etc) contributing additional investment in order to reap the benefits.

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About You

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Peter

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Tanghe

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SAINT PAUL

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Alex Harris, Michele Harris

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

Growing St Paul Communities

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

I would use the money to set up a planned neighborhood. The epicenter would be community gardens and an urban farm. This growing space would be surrounded by senior living center(s), school(s), mixed housing and retail space. All ages would work together to tend the gardens/farm. Farm would also have its own staff. It would be a field trip destination for St Paul Schools. Produce would be sold at farmers markets, restaurants and to the participating programs cafeterias. The farm would include some greenhouses/hothouses so that it could function year round. Planned community could include a health clinic, police station (for mounted police) garden store, indoor market and restaurants. Growing spaces would be designed to encourage recreation with walking paths and places to exercise. Buildings and landscape would be built to capture rain water for irrigation, utilize LEED type buildings. In addition garden spots would be open to people from other neighborhoods who wanted to rent them on an annual basis. Farm would include some animals to drive sustainable farming practices and allow people to also participate in a shared role of raising livestock. Main focus of this community would be to encourage healthy activities and bring people from different communities together around the land. Some potential areas for this community would be off west 7th by Mississipi market just south of the downtown between Plato, Fillmore, Wabasha and Livingstone, the Ford Plant or Phalen corridor. The million dollars would be used for the planning and infrastructure with other groups, (Shalom home, Nova Academy, River's edge acadamy, Peter King Family Practice, HealthPartners, Mississipi Market, St Paul Police Mounted, Private developers, Etc) contributing additional investment in order to reap the benefits.

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Innovation

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

Urban farm + gardens + a clear benefit of creating opportunities for generations to interact with each other. Often this takes the form of story telling or something where one group is more passive, ie old tutor young, young volunteer for old. I think that for many of our seniors gardening or farming is something that they did when they were young. The physical act of growing fresh food is good for health of our youth and all people. Bringing people together around some kind of meaningful work facilitates the sharing of stories, questions & understanding. Working to grow healthy food is meaningful work. "Growing St Paul Communities" combines various ideas to improve health, nutrition, community development, intergenerational, multicultural and different socio-economic group issues.

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

Growing St Paul Communities will help improve St Paul by creating an infrastructure or reason for various groups to collaborate and meet thier own needs by serving others. So a senior citiizens group who is looking for a way to keep their clients healthier, can work with: 1. a school who is looking to enrich their curriculum 2. with a restaurant who is looking to serve great local food 3. a clinic who wants to take better care of people with diabetes 4. a housing group who is looking for opportunities to help clients achieve stability 5. a family who is looking to eat healthier, 6. An individual who wants to grow their own food. This healthier, dynamic community would have a ripple effect for Saint Paul and create a place where people would be more apt to raise a family and grow old in.

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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)

This idea would be an experiment of creating an urban community around the activity of growing food, being physically active and interacting with each other. Rather than reclaiming a vacant lot, it would create the space for people to build the houses, shops and services in the vacant lots around the garden/farm. "Growing St Paul Communities" could then serve as a model for other housing developments and neighborhood redevelopment. So if this started off west 7th, the idea could be refined and implemented in the old Ford plant, over on the East Side, down by Harriet island or other communities.

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