Saint Paul to Scale

A Model for the Future

by Susan Strothman | Apr 03, 2013
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A scale model of the downtown and surrounding areas of Saint Paul at a scale of between 1"=40" and 1"=20'. It would accurately represent the built city of St Paul from Lowertown (new ballpark) up to the Capitol and Cathedral and of course the River. The model would be large enough to see some of the important details of specific historic buildings in the area. Depending on scope, lighting and electrified train, light rail service could be depicted. This large scale model would be located in a large indoor public space ( the Depot would be ideal ) and would function on many levels. First, as purely an artifact it would be an attraction accessible to all St. Paulites and visitors. Second, it would serve as a 3-D way-finding map for visitors to the city. Locating it at the depot would allow train, bus, and light rail travelers to quickly orient themselves to the city and find points of interest. Third, the model could be used as a planning tool by the city, county, and other entities to analyze and integrate future development. Possibly requiring future development to use the model and add in new projects would keep the model up-to-date and not require the city to continually pay for additions/and revision to the model. Fourth, it could serve as a physical base for some virtual informational applications that could connect users with everything from historical information to coupons for restaurants or entertainment. (The virtual part of this idea is more of an add on, the "million dollar" idea is for the physical model itself). Finally, a model of this magnitude would have a very long life span (the CAAPB model has been around for decades and is still used). Scale models are like flypaper for people they love to look at them and are particularly drawn to them when the subject matter is familiar. I think a full color scale model of Saint Paul would be a fantastic use of the million dollars and would serve the city of Saint Paul in many capacities for generations.

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Strothman

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Minneapolis

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Hennepin

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Saint Paul to Scale: A Model for the Future

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

A scale model of the downtown and surrounding areas of Saint Paul at a scale of between 1"=40" and 1"=20'. It would accurately represent the built city of St Paul from Lowertown (new ballpark) up to the Capitol and Cathedral and of course the River. The model would be large enough to see some of the important details of specific historic buildings in the area. Depending on scope, lighting and electrified train, light rail service could be depicted. This large scale model would be located in a large indoor public space ( the Depot would be ideal ) and would function on many levels. First, as purely an artifact it would be an attraction accessible to all St. Paulites and visitors. Second, it would serve as a 3-D way-finding map for visitors to the city. Locating it at the depot would allow train, bus, and light rail travelers to quickly orient themselves to the city and find points of interest. Third, the model could be used as a planning tool by the city, county, and other entities to analyze and integrate future development. Possibly requiring future development to use the model and add in new projects would keep the model up-to-date and not require the city to continually pay for additions/and revision to the model. Fourth, it could serve as a physical base for some virtual informational applications that could connect users with everything from historical information to coupons for restaurants or entertainment. (The virtual part of this idea is more of an add on, the "million dollar" idea is for the physical model itself). Finally, a model of this magnitude would have a very long life span (the CAAPB model has been around for decades and is still used). Scale models are like flypaper for people they love to look at them and are particularly drawn to them when the subject matter is familiar. I think a full color scale model of Saint Paul would be a fantastic use of the million dollars and would serve the city of Saint Paul in many capacities for generations.

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

Physical models are not new but they are lasting and certain cities such as London require physical models of all proposed buildings in order to really understand how a new building will integrate with the existing context. A model of this scale 20-30 feet in each direction (broken up into blocks or districts) would be a major attraction and an extremely unexpected encounter for travelers to Saint Paul. Possible future integration with virtual information and marketing opportunities let the physical model tell even deeper stories and serve the needs of residents and visitors in new ways.

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

First, the model would be accessible to ALL Saint Paul residents and the general public. People would come to Saint Paul to see it. Visitors to Saint Paul will remember it and it can be used to draw more visitors to Saint Paul. Second, as a planning tool it will be invaluable. Future developments in Downtown and its environs will utilize the model and integrate their ideas with the existing physical context for all interested parties to see. Finally, eventually businesses and attractions could be connected to the model through a mobile application that would use the model as a base to let the public explore events and opportunities in the Saint Paul area and beyond. 100 words or 800 characters

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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)

Well-constructed, quality physical models last for decades. This model will leave a lasting impression on everyone who sees it. With proper maintenance and additions it will serve the city and its citizens and visitors for generations. I like the idea of using the money for something physical that is accessible to all who want to enjoy it. Certain parts of the world use physical models much more regularly than we do. London was mentioned before but several China cities also utilize huge scale models for planning and sales purposes. This model of Saint Paul would become a huge asset for the city in terms of marketing, tourism, and planning but it is a big expense so I don't see a lot of other cities investing in a model of this scale so Saint Paul would remain unique.

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