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Mississippi River is Location for Winning “Forever St. Paul” Idea

September 9, 2013Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Mississippi River is Location for Winning “Forever St. Paul” Idea

The St. Paul Foundation has been managing a campaign that offers $1 million to the best idea that will remake St. Paul.  After a winnowing-out process that took the 946 submitted ideas down to 3, and a community vote, the winner was announced this morning.  “Urban Oasis,” a project that proposes renovation of a former warehouse in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary into a local food center, has won the competition.

The four minute video outlining the project is eloquent about the project’s benefits and features Dan McGuiness, one of the most respected Mississippi River advocates in the region.  This is an important inclusion; the rehabilitation of the Vento Sanctuary from a 25 acre former rail yard is one of the “pearls on a necklace” of great riverfront open spaces in the Twin Cities.  The Sanctuary area has been important to indigenous Dakota people for millennia, and the Urban Oasis project ensures that this site will continue to give life to the region for years yet to come.

The initial news story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more details.

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