This summer, we kicked off our next phase of our Neighborhoods Program in the neighborhoods that comprise St. Paul’s District 1 Community Council, which include Eastview, Battle Creek and Highwood Hills, on St. Paul’s East Side.
This corner of the city has some unique transportation challenges, and we used this summer and fall to hear from community groups and stakeholders to find out some barriers they experience and what they would like to see in their neighborhood.
Over the summer and through the fall, staff members have had conversations with dozens of community members, engaged youth on the importance of zoning, heard from folks at National Night Out and hosted two bike rides to gather this input, bringing the conversation about their neighborhood to their neighborhood.
After all of these interactions, we’ve heard a few major themes raised by community members.
- Residents have to leave the neighborhood for key resources, like education, work or culturally specific needs
- Bicycle access needs to be improved
This winter, we’ll be hiring a group of youth from the East Side to learn about transportation issues. Next year, those youth and our adult staff will start help address some of the barriers identified by their neighbors. Keep an eye on this space for more on the future of the neighborhoods program on the East Side.