St. Paul Bureau of Place Re-Naming

by Jeff Nelson | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

St. Paul already is great. My idea is to fully embrace and enlarge upon that unique greatness. The St. Paul Bureau of Place Re-Naming would be a year-long project where citizens and businesses in St. Paul would have the opportunity to rename streets, parks, and other public places in anticipation of a one-day event where these names hold true. Street signs would display colorful stickers with QR codes for people to scan and rename. Parks would take renaming suggestions during outdoor events. People could put in their suggestions for re-naming at the map-based website where other people could vote on their favorite names throughout the year. Vote tallies would be constantly updated. At the end of the voting period, the names with the highest vote totals for each street or park would win. The process culminates on St. Paul Day -- All of the street signs will be changed (or, rather covered)for one day, winning participants will receive their faux street sign, and all re-naming participants will receive an actual map with the winning entries on it. And yes, there will be a parade. This fully embraces St. Paul's reputation for being impossible to navigate and turns it into a one-day celebration of nobody knowing where anything is (unless they have the map!) Then, the next day, everything goes back to normal. Or, "normal." The process would arguably be as enjoyable as the day itself. Citizens could name their streets after what is dear and relevant to them -- not what was dear to a city planner who lived 200 years ago. People would enlist the help of their fellow St. Paulites to vote for their choices, thereby whipping up more involvement. And for one day, we would all live in a St. Paul 100% of our own making. Which is pretty awesome.

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Jeff

Last Name

Nelson

City

St. Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN

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St. Paul

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Title of your idea

St. Paul Bureau of Place Re-Naming

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

St. Paul already is great. My idea is to fully embrace and enlarge upon that unique greatness. The St. Paul Bureau of Place Re-Naming would be a year-long project where citizens and businesses in St. Paul would have the opportunity to rename streets, parks, and other public places in anticipation of a one-day event where these names hold true. Street signs would display colorful stickers with QR codes for people to scan and rename. Parks would take renaming suggestions during outdoor events. People could put in their suggestions for re-naming at the map-based website where other people could vote on their favorite names throughout the year. Vote tallies would be constantly updated. At the end of the voting period, the names with the highest vote totals for each street or park would win. The process culminates on St. Paul Day -- All of the street signs will be changed (or, rather covered)for one day, winning participants will receive their faux street sign, and all re-naming participants will receive an actual map with the winning entries on it. And yes, there will be a parade. This fully embraces St. Paul's reputation for being impossible to navigate and turns it into a one-day celebration of nobody knowing where anything is (unless they have the map!) Then, the next day, everything goes back to normal. Or, "normal." The process would arguably be as enjoyable as the day itself. Citizens could name their streets after what is dear and relevant to them -- not what was dear to a city planner who lived 200 years ago. People would enlist the help of their fellow St. Paulites to vote for their choices, thereby whipping up more involvement. And for one day, we would all live in a St. Paul 100% of our own making. Which is pretty awesome.

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

It wipes the map of St. Paul clean and allows the people who live here -- today -- name the public places in a way they see fit. It embraces a piece of St. Paul that has often been maligned. If you can't change it: change it! Then celebrate it!

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

People who live in St. Paul know that it's special and one of the things that makes it so is its unique layout. It gives the city, and by extension, us, character. Everybody knows it. We think it's awesome. Visitors find it charming at best and maddening at worst, but it exists. We can capitalize on it or allow it to lie fallow. This would be an opportunity to get together as a city to celebrate it and to invite those from outside of St. Paul to celebrate with us.

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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)

Every time we drive or walk somewhere, we are reliving the past. We are driving and walking on history. For one day, we could all walk and drive (and dance and parade about) on the present. Throughout the year, we could all nudge whoever we're with and say, "What was the name of this street on St. Paul (or Akron or Ashtabula or Zanesville) Day?" It would bring together those within the city and bring those from outside of the city, in.

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