Preserve Saint Paul

by Bethany Gladhill | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Preservation has long been an important part of Saint Paul, and we have several great historic preservation districts. My idea, however, is to recognize each distinctive Saint Paul neighborhood by designating it a Conservation District, thus preserving the unique community character of each neighborhood.

Saint Paul is ideally situated to become part of a “new wave” of cities with conservation districts — places like Davis, California and Iowa City, Iowa — who model themselves on successful programs but which take risks and try new ideas in order to form deeply personalized kinds of conservation districts that celebrate their unique heritage.

Conservation districts are thus an ideal solution for Saint Paul at this time. They capitalize on some of the city’s major strengths — its community participation and strong neighborhoods — and simultaneously address some of its planning and administrative weaknesses without casting blame on these areas where the city has been less than successful. Conservation districts are a viable option for the city of Saint Paul — in fact, they are almost an imperative if the city is to expand and succeed.

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Preserve Saint Paul

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Preservation has long been an important part of Saint Paul, and we have several great historic preservation districts. My idea, however, is to recognize each distinctive Saint Paul neighborhood by designating it a Conservation District, thus preserving the unique community character of each neighborhood.
Saint Paul is ideally situated to become part of a “new wave” of cities with conservation districts — places like Davis, California and Iowa City, Iowa — who model themselves on successful programs but which take risks and try new ideas in order to form deeply personalized kinds of conservation districts that celebrate their unique heritage.
Conservation districts are thus an ideal solution for Saint Paul at this time. They capitalize on some of the city’s major strengths — its community participation and strong neighborhoods — and simultaneously address some of its planning and administrative weaknesses without casting blame on these areas where the city has been less than successful. Conservation districts are a viable option for the city of Saint Paul — in fact, they are almost an imperative if the city is to expand and succeed.

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

Conservation districts are a tried and true preservation tool, but using them on a city-wide scale is a new innovation, and would lead to a strong impact city-wide, rather than prioritizing wealthier neighborhoods.

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

Each neighborhood would have a distinct community identity. Preservation is a valuable economic development tool; thus, each neighborhood could use its strengths to improve itself through its community character.

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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 would have a tangible and lasting effect throughout Saint Paul.

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