Choose Your Own Lowertown Adventure

by Marc Levine | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

At its core, Saint Paul often feels disconnected even as each of its countless individual events are vibrant, diverse and exciting. The first step towards building a city that is connected both physically and socially is to get people moving and interacting on united streets in areas that are ripe for growth. Lowertown, with an incoming light rail stop and Saint Paul Saints ballpark, as well as a growing restaurant and concert scene, is the perfect neighborhood to develop and serve as an example of how to bring people and their activities together.

Lowertown is full of historic alleyways that connect the neighborhood’s streets and have the potential to bring people together as they walk to their various destinations. We propose that the alleyways be given unique signage pointing pedestrians towards either streets or destinations such as “This way to 4th Street”, “Turn right to go to The Baroque Room” and “Forward to Black Dog Cafe” giving pedestrians a sense of discovery and serendipity as they walk in the city. Alleyways would also be equipped with additional signage created by local artists telling the story of Lowertown’s history. Furthermore, we will create and distribute a map (physical and web) and a smart phone app detailing the alleyway walking paths, Lowertown destinations, and history of the neighborhood. The Choose Your Own Lowertown Adventure project will encourage people to explore Saint Paul on foot by turning a walk through downtown into a game, a story and an adventure.

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About You

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Marc

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Levine

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Saint Paul

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United States, MN

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Bill Lindeke

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

Choose Your Own Lowertown Adventure

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

At its core, Saint Paul often feels disconnected even as each of its countless individual events are vibrant, diverse and exciting. The first step towards building a city that is connected both physically and socially is to get people moving and interacting on united streets in areas that are ripe for growth. Lowertown, with an incoming light rail stop and Saint Paul Saints ballpark, as well as a growing restaurant and concert scene, is the perfect neighborhood to develop and serve as an example of how to bring people and their activities together.
Lowertown is full of historic alleyways that connect the neighborhood’s streets and have the potential to bring people together as they walk to their various destinations. We propose that the alleyways be given unique signage pointing pedestrians towards either streets or destinations such as “This way to 4th Street”, “Turn right to go to The Baroque Room” and “Forward to Black Dog Cafe” giving pedestrians a sense of discovery and serendipity as they walk in the city. Alleyways would also be equipped with additional signage created by local artists telling the story of Lowertown’s history. Furthermore, we will create and distribute a map (physical and web) and a smart phone app detailing the alleyway walking paths, Lowertown destinations, and history of the neighborhood. The Choose Your Own Lowertown Adventure project will encourage people to explore Saint Paul on foot by turning a walk through downtown into a game, a story and an adventure.

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Innovation

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

This project will fundamentally change the way people think about walking in their city, exploring their surroundings and experiencing Saint Paul. Pedestrians will be surprised by new interactions with people and learning about Saint Paul history as they see the city through a new “walking map” of Lowertown.

Impact

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

This project will give people new ways to come together in the city. Currently, walking in Lowertown is strictly about getting from point A to point B and takes a fairly long amount of time with very little to see during the walk. Changing the experience of walking in the neighborhood will bring more people into the area and encourage them to think about moving through a city in a new way. This idea can serve as an example to the rest of the city about how to connect people, streets and neighborhoods. This project creates a vision of a connected Saint Paul, with people interacting while walking, visiting more destinations for food, entertainment and social gatherings and eventually connecting neighborhoods with each other, as well, with business corridors and walking and biking paths.

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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)

While any signage can be removed, this project is essentially a permanent project. The experience provided will be ongoing and the number of people walking the alleyways, following signs and learning about the city will grow. People will meet, interact and change the tenor of the city making Saint Paul a more desirable city to move through and spend time in. Other neighborhoods’ residents will learn and experience Lowertown and see the value in creating walkable neighborhoods. In time, this project will inspire related, but potentially different ideas, about how to bring people together creatively as they move through Saint Paul.

bhjhgj hgjjg said: Some adventures can make us feel more strong in some cases. - Integrity Spas about this Competition Entry. - 2577 days ago read more >

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