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2017 National Walking Summit

The 2017 National Walking Summit is a premier event for professionals, advocates and organizers from the transit, health, and planning professions to share best practices, discover innovations, discuss ways to turn research into action, and form new partnerships. America Walks will work with partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and other leading organizations to put together the strongest Summit yet. Learn more and register... Read more

The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together

Less than three years since the Green Line opened, it has smashed ridership forecasts by almost 50 percent and helped to revitalize stretches of University Avenue, an aging, formerly car-dominated thoroughfare, as new businesses open near the stations and longtime businesses attract new customers. Transit-dependent low-income and working-class people are commuting to jobs across the metro area, while new housing for professionals is springing up in an old industrial area. And the Twin Cities aren’t done. Read more... Read more

Rain as a Resource: St. Paul Innovates Shared, Sustainable Stormwater Management

New infrastructure systems in St. Paul use rain as a resource instead of letting stormwater enter area lakes and the Mississippi River, along with all of the pollutants that water collects. This new method of managing stormwater is called “shared, stacked green infrastructure.” That means the system does more than one thing on a site (say, irrigating plants and/or trees), to provide additional community services or amenities beyond just managing rain runoff. Read more... Read more

Extended Deadline: National Walking Summit Call for Session Proposals

The theme of the 2017 National Walking Summit is “Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability.” The conference, to be held in St. Paul in September, will explore how walking and walkability create engaged, thriving, and inclusive communities for all members. The Summit Program Committee is seeking individuals and groups to actively participate in the Summit. We are looking for sessions that emphasize action-oriented and results-driven research, programs, policies, and partnership to promote walking and walkability. Learn more... Read more

These Neighbors Got Tired of Waiting for Traditional Developers

While the Twin Cities continue to grapple with longstanding racial inequity, one working-class community has figured out a way to take back some control of their local economy. And their real estate investment cooperative, with some tweaks, could serve as a model for overcoming even greater economic marginalization. Read more... Read more

2017 National Walking Summit

The 2017 National Walking Summit is a premier event for professionals, advocates and organizers from the transit, health, and planning professions to share best practices, discover innovations, discuss ways to turn research into action, and form new partnerships. America Walks will work with partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and other leading organizations to put together the strongest Summit yet. September 13-15, 2017 in Minneapolis. Learn more and register... Read more

St. Paul’s Pop Up Meeting Van and Plan Are Ready for 2016

​Pop Up Meeting is St. Paul’s ambitious drive to increase diversity and participation in the city’s urban planning process. Drivers hold meetings during which they solicit survey responses, verbal opinions and other feedback, then share those ideas. In Pop Up Meeting’s inaugural season, 70 percent of participants had never before engaged with the city planning process. This year, Pop Up Meeting aims to reach St. Paul’s most underrepresented citizens, particularly those with limited or nonexistent English fluency. Read more... Read more

St. Paul’s First Rapid-Transit Bus Coming to Busy Snelling Avenue

Metro Transit’s quest to find a speedier option to connect the Twin Cities’ light-rail lines and beyond is coming soon. Starting next year, the “A Line,” a $27 million bus rapid-transit project with features similar to light rail, will run along Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway in St. Paul to connect Rosedale Center in Roseville to the 46th Street light-rail station in Minneapolis. Read more... Read more

The Trust for Public Land Releases 2014 ParkScore® Index

​In a historic finish, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul tied for first place on The Trust for Public Land’s 4th annual ParkScore® index, with each city earning a perfect 5 “park bench” rating from the nonprofit organization. Minneapolis is ParkScore’s defending champion and retained its title for the third consecutive year. Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York and Portland rounded out the top six. Learn more... Read more
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