Knight Green Line Challenge winners announced

12 ideas for how to maximize the Green Line's potential in the community have been chosen as contest winners

By Emily Gasperlin
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

“This group of winners represents an exciting group of civic innovators working to make their city more successful,” George Abbott, Knight Foundation interim program director for St. Paul, says of the 12 Knight Green Line Challenge winners in a recent statement. “We look forward to learning alongside them as they undertake this diverse list of projects.”

The second annual Knight Green Line Challenge aimed to continue growth in St. Paul's central corridor through projects that would benefit current residents and attract new residents, increase econominc opportunity in the area and break down divides and promote civic engagement.

This year's winning projects are:

  • Charles and Griggs Bikeway Tool Station ($4,410): To install a bike tool station at the intersection between the Charles Avenue and Griggs Avenue bikeways where riders and residents can stop, connect and learn more about bike maintenance
  • E=MC2 ($45,000): To strengthen the connection between downtown and the Mississippi River by creatively lighting the Sibley underpass
  • Friendship Forest ($43,000): To catalyze civic involvement by engaging a diverse group of residents in the planting of 500 trees in a new ‘friendship forest’
  • Improved Walkability through Signage ($23,250): To encourage neighborhood exploration by installing new, more engaging wayfinding signs
  • Johnny Baby’s Rondo Park ($60,000): To transform an underutilized parking lot into a relaxing, green gathering space for Rondo residents, bikers and Green Line riders
  • Little Africa Cultural Corridor ($60,000): To create a shared vision, action plan and design standards for the Little Africa corridor
  • Living Landmarks ($35,723): To offer a series of new, community-led walking tours highlighting the unique strengths and qualities of Green Line neighborhoods
  • Mind if I Sit Here? ($8,000): To promote interaction between friends and strangers by inviting people to take part in brown-bag conversations at roving bistro tables throughout downtown St. Paul
  • River Balcony Prototyping Festival ($100,000): To engage the community in a prototyping festival that helps develop a vibrant public life on St. Paul’s River Balcony
  • Rock the Public Meeting ($45,000): To bring fresh ideas to transportation planning along the Green Line through creative, youth-led Frogtown neighborhood engagement activities
  • Rondo Commemorative Plaza and Garden ($75,000): To install technology designed to harvest and retell residents’ oral histories in this new public space
  • St. Paul Better Block Wiki-Block ($75,000): To develop, prototype and open-source templates for snap-together urban street furniture that can be produced by anyone to transform a street or neighborhood

To learn more about the winners, click here.