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Friday, June 21, 2013

Dayton’s Bluff Neighbors Build a “Better Block” and Plan for Weekly Farmer’s Markets and Night Out

Submitted by Saint Paul City Council President Kathy Lantry, Ward 7

Dayton’s Bluff neighbors of all ages spent a busy week June 6-8 planning, constructing and ultimately hosting a Better Block Project on East 7th Street between Margaret and Arcade Streets. This interactive and fun event transformed the area into a “complete street” with walkable and bikeable amenities, works of art, play equipment and pop-up businesses.
 The project, jointly sponsored by the Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council and the Saint Paul Departments of Public Works and Planning and Economic Development, was designed to illustrate multiple features that could become a part of the city’s new Street Design Manual.  The manual will illustrate best practices for city planners and street engineers as they create Saint Paul’s streets of the future.
On June 6 and 7, neighbors got to try their hand in creating works of art, constructing homemade bike racks and garden plots, and providing feedback on the location of traffic calming measures for East 7th Street. On June 8, volunteer crews installed parking and bicycle lanes on East 7th Street and created an ideal pedestrian plaza on Margaret Street, complete with play equipment, games, sculptures, food and local businesses.  From 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. visitors strolled the street, eating barbecue and ice cream, getting free massages, taking a turn at ultimate chess, playing the piano, learning about housing opportunities, or checking out some homegrown tilapia.  It was a blast.

 If you missed all the fun on June 8, don’t be too sad.  The folks at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council plan to continue the party every Thursday night (except July 4) through August from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with Market on the Bluff.  Join neighbors for local produce, artists, crafts, music, children’s activities and food on Margaret Street at East 7th. 
 Plans are also in the works for the Second Annual Night Out on East 7th Street Business and Community Fair scheduled for Saturday, August 17.  For more information on any of these events, contact the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council at 651-772-2075.

I hope to see you out in Dayton’s Bluff this summer!

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