Green Line Parks and Commons

by Susan Schmidt | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

I think Saint Paul should use these funds to spur the creation of parks and commons along the Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) corridor. The Green Line is a major initiative that will connect thousands of people and cross the Twin Cities metro on a daily basis. Connecting the public spaces adjacent to the corridor and making them safe and welcoming will not only keep ridership up but will also showcase Saint Paul to residents and visitors alike in a positive manner as they embark and disembark at their destinations. Creating or redesigning public spaces along the Green Line will also spur additional vitality, economic activity, and community health.

An “implementation fund” could be used to provide developers (public or private) with capital or rotating loans to create new, or renovate existing, parks and common spaces within half a mile of the Green Line. In addition to the “implementation fund”, I would ensure that resources are in place to support the initial development process of the parks and public commons. By having a “fund” and a project management “support structure,” project support staff could provide best practices for community-driven parks creation or redesign.

As part of the process, I would engage the neighborhoods along the transit corridor so that the public spaces could be created or redesigned to best serve their residents as well as transit riders. This project would serve not only the Green Line but also address public space needs in half a dozen Saint Paul neighborhoods.

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About You

First Name

Susan

Last Name

Schmidt

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United States

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Jenna Fletcher, Linden Weirswerda, Hilary Smith

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Via press coverage

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The Trust for Public Land

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2610 University Ave W, Ste 300

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St. Paul

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United States, MN

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Green Line Parks and Commons

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

I think Saint Paul should use these funds to spur the creation of parks and commons along the Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) corridor. The Green Line is a major initiative that will connect thousands of people and cross the Twin Cities metro on a daily basis. Connecting the public spaces adjacent to the corridor and making them safe and welcoming will not only keep ridership up but will also showcase Saint Paul to residents and visitors alike in a positive manner as they embark and disembark at their destinations. Creating or redesigning public spaces along the Green Line will also spur additional vitality, economic activity, and community health.
An “implementation fund” could be used to provide developers (public or private) with capital or rotating loans to create new, or renovate existing, parks and common spaces within half a mile of the Green Line. In addition to the “implementation fund”, I would ensure that resources are in place to support the initial development process of the parks and public commons. By having a “fund” and a project management “support structure,” project support staff could provide best practices for community-driven parks creation or redesign.
As part of the process, I would engage the neighborhoods along the transit corridor so that the public spaces could be created or redesigned to best serve their residents as well as transit riders. This project would serve not only the Green Line but also address public space needs in half a dozen Saint Paul neighborhoods.

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Innovation

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

The idea is innovative because there are no current funding sources that focus on parks development or redesign within the transit corridor. Funding has been set aside for housing and other public development goals but not for parks creation or redesign. A study conducted on behalf of the District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis shows that meeting Green Line ridership projections will depend on riders who walk to stations. A safe, welcoming, walkable urban environment along the transit corridor will not only help the Green Line but also serve the community beyond the train itself.

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

The impact of parks creation or redesign will be felt in all of the neighborhoods through which the Green Line travels due to improved walkability of neighborhoods and improved access for kids and families to safe and quiet places to rest, read, play, and roam. The idea has the potential to have a huge long-term impact since the transit corridor stretches eleven miles from downtown Saint Paul all the way to downtown Minneapolis.

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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)

The idea is sustainable because recipients of the funding would be required to engage communities along the corridor to create or redesign the parks and commons. Not only would the Green Line gain attractive, safe, adjacent spaces but neighborhoods could gain additional park space. By creating parks and commons with input from residents, communities are better served by the results because they have had a voice in their creation or redesign.

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