University Avenue, a global neighborhood

by Kristen Sheikh | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

All of the great cities of America have them – neighborhood enclaves that are steeped in ethnic tradition and culture that provide unique gathering spots through entertainment, commerce and food. Other cities, such as L.A. with Little Tokyo, San Francisco with Chinatown, New York City with Little Italy, and Chicago with Germantown, just to name a few, have created these areas that draw locals and tourists alike to experience the authenticity of a culture that may be different than their own. As well it harbors a sense of community for local people of that ethnicity, especially if they are new to the community, to be put in touch with people that can provide mentoring and fellowship. With the tremendous ethnic diversity of the St. Paul area, especially on University Avenue in terms of neighborhoods and businesses, we have the opportunity to create a cultural corridor unlike any other in the nation.
The University corridor, beginning at the corner of Park St. and University Avenue across from the Capitol, moving west towards Minneapolis, we propose to create a unifying neighborhood identity that reflects the diversity of University Avenue. This will be achieved via two ways. First, through the use of unifying design elements applied to things such as street lights, street name signs, waste receptacles, and other ‘neighborhood signage’, as well as cultural marker signs that tell the significance of each ethnic group that makes up St. Paul. Secondly, through the use of grants to small businesses along the corridor, they would have the opportunity to use the grants for the refurbishment of the exterior of their businesses. Grants would also be used to support artists from different ethnic groups to create public art pieces that communicate the story of their experience as a St. Paulite.

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Kristen

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University Avenue, a global neighborhood

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

All of the great cities of America have them – neighborhood enclaves that are steeped in ethnic tradition and culture that provide unique gathering spots through entertainment, commerce and food. Other cities, such as L.A. with Little Tokyo, San Francisco with Chinatown, New York City with Little Italy, and Chicago with Germantown, just to name a few, have created these areas that draw locals and tourists alike to experience the authenticity of a culture that may be different than their own. As well it harbors a sense of community for local people of that ethnicity, especially if they are new to the community, to be put in touch with people that can provide mentoring and fellowship. With the tremendous ethnic diversity of the St. Paul area, especially on University Avenue in terms of neighborhoods and businesses, we have the opportunity to create a cultural corridor unlike any other in the nation.
The University corridor, beginning at the corner of Park St. and University Avenue across from the Capitol, moving west towards Minneapolis, we propose to create a unifying neighborhood identity that reflects the diversity of University Avenue. This will be achieved via two ways. First, through the use of unifying design elements applied to things such as street lights, street name signs, waste receptacles, and other ‘neighborhood signage’, as well as cultural marker signs that tell the significance of each ethnic group that makes up St. Paul. Secondly, through the use of grants to small businesses along the corridor, they would have the opportunity to use the grants for the refurbishment of the exterior of their businesses. Grants would also be used to support artists from different ethnic groups to create public art pieces that communicate the story of their experience as a St. Paulite.

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

As businesses of this corridor of University Avenue has been challenged by the building of the Light Rail Transit System for the past two years, the ones that survived need as much support as possible to be able to help their businesses turn the corner on a pathway to success. This plan will provide support to this area from a cultural perspective as well as a business perspective.

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

This idea will help support St. Paul on a variety of fronts. It will increase and celebrate cultural diversity, provide a draw to St. Paul from Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, creating an environment that is not currently represented in Minneapolis in any significant way, and become a tourist draw for visitors from around the world that come to the Twin Cities.

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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)

Any person walking or riding down University Avenue will be delighted visually by the environment that has been created. It will inspire others to go back to their neighborhoods, wherever they may be, inspired to make positive aesthetic changes that represent what their neighborhood is all about.

jandayangacho2013 jandayangacho2013 said: Our neighbors help us also to become more friendly and sometimes be hard. - Aldo Disorbo about this Competition Entry. - 2584 days ago read more >

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