October 1, 2015
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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation yesterday announced 12 projects as winners of the 2015 Knight Green Line Challenge. The winners, who will share $574,000, proposed a range of ideas to tap into the potential of the Green Line to make surrounding neighborhoods in St. Paul more vibrant places to live and work.
“This group of winners represents an exciting group of civic innovators working to make their city more successful,” said George Abbott, Knight Foundation interim program director for St. Paul. “We look forward to learning alongside them as they undertake this diverse list of projects.”
With challenge funding, the 2015 winners will:
- Excite current residents and attract newcomers by prototyping snap-together urban street furniture that can help transform a neighborhood, strengthening the connection between downtown and the Mississippi River and transforming a parking lot into relaxing green space;
- Expand economic opportunity and break down divides, by creating a shared vision and action plan for the Little Africa corridor, offering community-led walking tours of Green Line neighborhoods, and promoting public interaction through a traveling bistro in downtown;
- Strengthen a culture of civic engagement by connecting a diverse group of residents in planting 500 trees along the Green Line, bringing fresh ideas to transportation planning through youth-led activities in Frogtown, and engaging the community in a protoyping festival to develop a vibrant public life on St. Paul’s River Balcony.