A recent CURA report shares some interesting data about Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods here.
A take on the importance of walking and the District Councils Collaborative's Walkability Study from your neighborhood's Community Organizer.
Austin Granger's fabulous k'nex creation.
Everyone knows recycling is good for the environment, but now it's also good for the St. Anthony Park Community Council. We have just partnered with Planet Green, a printer cartridge and cell phone remanufacturing and recycling company, to start a fundraiser that recycles mobile phones and used printer cartridges – you can help by being part of it.
If you use a printer, each spent cartridge could earn St. Anthony Park Community Council up to five dollars. Any old cell phones or broken ipods in your drawer? One phone may not seem like much, but if you get your co-workers and family involved – recycling is a great way for everyone to go green, while raising money for a cause.
Taking part is easy – simply drop off your used inkjet cartridges and old cell phones with us – you can include cell phone batteries and even cell phone chargers. The drop-off location is at our office, 890 Cromwell Ave. If you're coming to a meeting, bring us a cartridge!
Your participation in this recycling campaign will raise funds for St. Anthony Park Community Council. Let’s work together, one cartridge and cell phone at a time, to clean up the planet and raise money for a worthwhile cause!
Do your part to help prevent pollution of our waterways by keeping your leaves out of the street!
1. Rake leaves out of your boulevard, yard, and gutter
2. Collect them in compostable bags or add to your backyard compost
3. Know that you're preventing phosphorus pollution- 1/5th of a pound per bag of leaves. The Mississippi River thanks you!
We will be doing a week-long, DIY community leaf cleanup the week of October 13-20. You can do your leaf collection at any point during the week, but please report the number of bags you collected by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 651-649-5992.
Check out a blog post on the first compostable bag handout, written by Environment Committee member Lisa Steinmann. Or see these ideas about what to do with your leaves.
Key your eyes peeled around the neighborhood for the wayfinding bike art project by Carrie Christensen. See a 1934 vintage bike, a yarnbombed bike, rainbow and a mermaid bikes.
Thanks to The Hub for providing bike locks at-cost for the project, and for several of the businesses near the bikes for keeping an eye out to prevent vandalism.
Looking for the new legislative boundaries, we were confronted with a confusing mix of old and new maps. None of them had district council boundaries on them. To the rescue, Kristen Murray at CURA put together a useful interactive map with the new legislative boundaries superimposed over the district council lines. Quick tips for browsing: Use the set of small icons over the map on the left. To show or hide boundaries, click on the '>' symbol on the left hand side of the map and check the layer of the map you would like to see. To enlarge, use the magnifying glass icon on the middle/right of the toolbar. To see the legislative district, you must click on the area of the map you are interested in and the boundaries will appear.
Group fills vacant University Ave. space with temporary users
Posted: 7:30 am Mon, July 23, 2012 in
By Drew Kerr
Beth Evanson and Ben Shardlow are working to fill vacant storefronts on University Avenue by promoting short-term leases through a group called the Starling Project. (Staff photo: Bill Klotz)
After Peter Brown’s University Avenue storefront sat vacant for a year, he faced two choices: continue looking for a long-term tenant or agree to a short-term lease with a neighborhood group that wanted to offer even shorter subleases.
He took the second option, agreeing to a three-month rental contract with the St. Anthony Park Community Council.
There’s no need to wait for next winter’s ice dams to call: sweltering hot summer is the ideal time to schedule a home energy audit. You will come away from your audit knowing how to keep your home cooler, your family more comfortable, and your energy bill trimmed down.
The same improvements that help keep warm air inside your home in the winter can also help keep cool air from escaping in the summer. The major cause of heat loss or gain is through the building shell, which is the structural area making up your home’s attic, walls, and foundation. Sealing up air leaks and adding insulation helps your air conditioner work more efficiently so you save on your summer electric bills and stay a lot cooler, even when the outside thermometer tops 90 degrees or more.
Your energy auditor will look at other factors contributing to summer home heat gain, including lighting, solar exposure, and heat generated by electronics and appliances. It’s worth having your home evaluated by an expert to pinpoint ways to improve your comfort and savings all year long.
The threeACTIONS Project is a community-action program designed to support individuals in developing sustainable lifestyle habits and capturing individual experiences with these behaviors to inform greater change in community services, design, and public policy. The program provides the tools and structure to implement three sustainable behaviors from a Menu of Actions over the course of two months, combined with the opportunity to share your insights with Community Catalyst (business owners, service providers, designers, and policy makers) that have the interest and influence to make change at a community level. The program will take place July 11th through October 3rd (see website for more details on time and location) and consist of 3 meetings and your commitment to tracking and sharing your behavior change experience both on the threeACTIONS website and in person.
Learn more about getting involved in the program and becoming a part of a community that inspires larger community change by visiting the website: www.threeactionsproject.org. You may sign-up for the project via the website or if you have other questions contact Megan Hoye at 612.205.0922. This program is open to anyone, as you may participate locally or remotely.
Avalon has created a Sculptural Mobile Unit inspired by light rail through the Irrigate Project. Artist and Avalon High School art teacher Geri Connelly and her students have collaborated with Leonardo’s Basement and two local artists to bring lessons from their school community garden on to University Avenue by way of mobile works of art. Their "sculptural mobile unit” is was part of the educational curriculum and allowed students to interact with artists engaging with their community to create change. The project has been moving around the. See it in the 4th of July Parade or in front of Avalon School at 700 Glendale.
The St. Paul Police Western District is offering crime prevention trainings in 2012:
- Burglary Prevention Wednesday, September 26th
- Personal Safety on Wednesday, October 3rd
All events will be from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with a short general information session and hands-on demonstrations & examples Location: Western Police District Office at 389 Hamline Avenue N., Saint Paul, MN 55104. For more information call 651-266-5625 or email
The Line did an article about the St. Anthony Park Community Council and Starling. Read it here.
Are you a small business on or near the new light rail Green Line? Have you had a loss in sales due to light rail construction? Then the Ready for Rail Forgivable Loan Program might just be for you.
For-profit small businesses with no more than $2 million in annual gross sales qualify that also:
- Are independently owned (with four or fewer locations)
- Are located on the Central Corridor Light Rail Line (or within one block of the construction zone)
- Have been at their current Central Corridor location for one year or more
- Are focused on retail services (selling products or services directly to the consumer, including restaurants)
- Have experienced a decline in revenue due to the construction of the Central Corridor Light Rail Line
Loans are for up to $20,000, and will depend on demand and demonstrated loss of revenue. Check out the flyer below or the website linked above for the full info.