August 12 2013

Building America’s ‘Most Livable City:’ Saint Paul, Minnesota On the Move

Building ‘the Most Livable City in America’ is a goal the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota has set out to achieve. As the quieter, yet more historically charming twin of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saint Paul has kept under the radar in terms of new development and urban planning in past years. However, with the near completion of the Green Line LRT (i.e.: Central Corridor Light Rail Transit) and the most recent rehabilitation and grand re-opening of Union Depot, Saint Paul is starting to emerge as the regional multi-modal transportation hub.

The Depot in Saint Paul Minnesota

Already home to the State’s Capitol and various corporate headquarters, Saint Paul is emerging as an important central business district (CBD). Saint Paul’s CBD seeks to create a unique mix of retail, arts and entertainment, quality of life, prosperous businesses, and open green space via the ‘Rebuild Saint Paul’ initiative, launched in 2010. Through a combination of public and private funding, the initiative consists of a series of projects set out to create jobs and vitality for businesses, workers, and residents. The various projects stem from infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare facilities to new lofts, ballparks, notable restaurants, performing art centres, and even the Church of Scientology.

Park in Saint Paul Minnesota

The new and more sustainable Saint Paul will undoubtedly place this historically significant city on the map as an innovative leader in economic and community development and regional transportation. Through the initiative of creating unique projects aimed at creating connections to local and regional centres, the city will once again appeal to the young professionals who want to reside there.

What initiatives or factors can historically significant cities undertake in order to retain the working and professional population who will want to reside and remain in the city after working hours?

Credits: Images by Jasna Hadzic. Data linked to sources.

Jasna Hadzic

Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but having spent most of her adult life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.; Jasna Hadzic has been greatly influenced by both cultures, most specifically in terms of architecture, planning, and design. The transition of living in a small European pedestrian-oriented city to a large and vehicle-oriented American city greatly influenced her interest in the field of planning. She came to appreciate the vibrant, culturally diverse and faster-pace of life, while also looking toward her native city as a paradigm of sustainable living with traditional architecture, multi-modal transportation systems, and pedestrian-friendly spaces and streets. A recent Master’s graduate in Community and Regional Planning and G.I.S from Iowa State University, Jasna’s Thesis focused on the analysis of the built environment and demographic factors that influence physical activity, while examining street connectivity and infrastructure. In addition, Jasna holds a B.E.D. in Environmental Design, with a minor in Urban Studies, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her most recent work experience as a Planning Research Assistant at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, as well as volunteer work with the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has exposed her to new city projects, as well as community engagement. Her career goal is to not only work directly on sustainable urban design projects, but to also ensure equitable and sustainable planning practices.

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