Access to affordable, flexible workspace is integral to fostering a vibrant creative community. When artists and creators can work, collaborate and commune in close proximity to one another, creativity flourishes. Inspiration begets inspiration and creation feeds on itself. Such space is becoming harder and harder to find in the Twin Cities, though.
By Libby Donohue, SAPCC Writer
Looking for a cozy, well-stocked place to browse resources about topics related to public art? You'll find a fine array of materials in the library of Forecast Public Art. Located in Saint Paul at 2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 160, Forecast Public Art is a non-profit organization that "connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities" (Source: Forecast website).
The MPCA offers "What’s in My Neighborhood?" as an online tool for users to search for information about remediation projects and landfills around Minnesota, using a map or text-based search. Visitors can find information about air quality, hazardous waste, remediation, solid waste, tanks and leaks, and water quality. This increases the number of sites to nearly 150,000.
From The Link, the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability's E-News:
As transitways are developed in the Twin Cities region, it is easy to get lost in the complexity of how these projects are planned. The Alliance developed these resources to help community members figure out the planning processes that each transitway must go through, which agencies have authority over which stages, and the current status of the seven Corridors of Opportunity transitways.
The Como 2030 Plan appends to the Comprehensive Plan the vision for the Como Avenue corridor in North St. Anthony Park neighborhood. The District 12 Community Plan (2005) acknowledged the need for a more detailed consideration of the Como Avenue corridor to address concerns that declining population, shrinking school enrollment, increased business vacancies and lack of housing options could have a negative long-term impact on the neighborhood. In November 2006 the Como 2030 Small Area Plan Task Force was formed to develop a consensus blueprint for an environmentally, economically, and so- cially sustainable area.
You might have noticed some new signs we've put up financed by the University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund. The signs will help people easily find and become aware of the Transitway. We hope it assists those who are already bicycing with finding the safest route. Many new or infrequent bicyclists struggle to locate the Transitway or are simply unaware of the safer option. Second, increasing the visibility of the Transitway will encourage commuters who currently travel by car to consider bicycling--reducing the use of cars, reducing air pollution and congestion and improving the quality of life for neighbors.
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For the lastest information and newsletter about Emerald Ash Borer which threatens all the ash trees in our neighborhood, check out the MN Dept. of Agriculture website's page on the subject.
The Line Media has a great video with Jay Walljasper talking about St. Anthony Park and what makes it a great neighborhood: "Former editor of Utne Reader, author of The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking (New Society Publishers/Project for Public Spaces) and of the forthcoming What We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons, Jay Walljasper likes to stroll, explore, lounge at cafe tables, chill on park benches, meet friends, window-shop, and just generally enjoy the micro-environments called neighborhoods in the world's cities. He's got a trained eye for the little things that make neighborhoods great, and a sense of the history that lies behind those details. One of his favorite Twin Cities neighborhoods is St. Anthony Park, in western St. Paul. Join him as he strolls Como Avenue, pops into College Park, and celebrates the street life of this urban village." Check it out here.
More trees within a one mile radius of the original infestation in South St. Anthony Park have been identified. For weekly updates, check the city's EAB web page.