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

New Better Bridges Documentary Video by Matty Lang

6.9.2016 – Creative Crosswalks in St. Paul: Slow change, but pace may now quicken by Bill Lindeke, MinnPost

7.21.16 – Building community “one front yard at a time” by Michelle Bruch, Southwest Journal

8.22.2016 – Friendly Streets: Bottom-Up St. Paul Project changes the way people look at their city by Jay Walljasper, MinnPost, excerpted from Jay Walljasper’s new book, “America’s Walking Renaissance,” which can be downloaded for free here.

Parklet at Plaza Latina

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Parklet on Payne, but what’s a ‘parklet?’ by Marjorie Otto, LillieNews


We’re excited to announce the launch of StoryBlocks, a storytelling project led by FSI intern Michael Curran that challenges neighbors to envision change to their blocks. It’s all about finding alternative ways to collect community perspective in order to develop more nuanced understandings of what our communities are, and what we want to become. Listen to the stories here!

Lexington Bridge Temporary Installation Coming Soon!

Save the date for September 24th, 2016.

Victoria Theater WikiBlock Project with Team Better Block

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At the Frogtown Neighborhood Association Annual Party in June, Team Better Block and the FSI Team announced the start of the Victoria Theater WikiBlock Project!  This fall, in partnership with Victoria Theater and the Frogtown Neighborhood Association, we will  transform the empty lot next to Ryan Plumbing on University Avenue into an active performance space, mimicking the nearby Victoria Theater. Save the date for October 8th when WikiBlock will be part of the Frogtown Arts Festival.

How to get involved?  Join our Community Builders Group!  Are you a kid or a teen, and like to work with software and build models? There is a special opportunity for you! To learn more, contact Lars at: lars@fsimn.org

Thanks to the Knight Green Line Challenge for support on this first-of-a-kind project!

Friendly Front Yards with the Musicant Group

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More info at friendlyfronts.com