About Us

The Friendly Streets Initiative is based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota and facilitates community organizing through creative public engagement events. We assist communities in visioning for positive change to public spaces, collect and analyze data, and help neighbors navigate city planning processes.

 

News & Announcements

 Majora Carter Visit

We are excited to announce that Majora Carter will be visiting the Rondo and Frogtown neighborhoods while she is in town for the Placemaking Residency. She will be starting her visit at the Rondo Commemorative Plaza site at Concordia Avenue (Old Rondo) and Fisk Street at 9am on Thursday May 12.  From there folks will walk to the Victoria Garden located at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Concordia Avenue.  Following that she will be visiting the Peace Garden and Frogtown Farm.

Better Bridges for Stronger Communities Open House

Friendly Streets Initiative will be holding a Better Bridges Open House on Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 – 7:00pm, at Hallie Q. Brown Center  (270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102).  We will be featuring the community efforts to vision improvements for each of the eight bridges of FSI’s Better Bridges project.

Grant Awarded for Parklets Project

Friendly Streets Initiative is happy to announce that our Parklets that Empower project has been awarded an Active Places Demonstration Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield MN Center for Prevention!  Be on the lookout for parklets in Saint Paul, starting with one at the corner of Thomas and Hamline Avenues, in front of Groundswell.

New Collaborative Projects:  Friendly Fronts and WikiBlock

Friendly Streets Initiative is thrilled to be working with two great organizations, Musicant Group and Team Better Block.  With the Musicant Group, we are working on the development and testing of a new toolkit for front yard placemaking.  Be on the lookout for Friendly Fronts in Frogtown, Hamline-Midway, and Rondo this spring, summer, and fall!

Team Better Block (TBB) and FSI are partnering on a project called WikiBlock.  Inspired by the WikiHouse movement, FSI will be working with TBB to transform an empty lot into an active space, utilizing brand new software technologies and a CNC router.  Facilitated by an international competition for placemaking objects, this project puts tools and know-how into the hands of community members for rapid prototyping to enliven spaces.

Thanks to the Knight Foundation (Knight Cities for Friendly Fronts, and Knight Green Line for WikiBlock) for support on both of these first-of-a-kind projects!

Dale Street Project

The ​Summit-University Planning Council, the Frogtown Neighborhood Association, the District Councils Collaborative, and Ramsey County have been working together for over a year to improve pedestrian safety and walkability on Dale. Ramsey County has secured funding to replace the Dale Street bridge of I-94 and to improve sidewalks and crosswalks from Iglehart to University Avenue. These partners are gearing up for additional community visioning ahead of construction. FSI will be participating as a part of our Better Bridges work. Visit the Dale Street Project Website to learn more and sign up for the newsletter.