North St. Paul enacts "living streets"
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The streets are alive in North St. Paul, or at least they will be very soon.
The City Council there recently passed what they are calling a "Living Streets" policy in January. This innovative approach combines Complete Streets standards for mobility with Green Streets ideas for stormwater management.
The city said that new street designs will bring together multi-modal transportation with alternative stormwater treatment facilities like rain gardens.
The plan includes ways to address older residential streets without sidewalks which could be a model for other cities with similar challenges.
As streets are reconstructed they'll be narrowed to 22 feet wide with parking on one side, using the additional space on the other side for a yield lane, sidewalks and rain garden boulevards.
The city is excited for the changes to start taking effect, calling it a win-win-win result - with less speeding traffic, zero stormwater runoff and a place for people to walk safely.
Read the entire Living Streets plan here.