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St. Paul hires ‘Vitality Fellow’ to develop livable places

The City of St. Paul has hired Margaret Jones as a “Vitality Fellow” to work with the city’s “8 80 Vitality Fund,” the $42.5 million pot of money that “invests in diverse projects ranging from the renovation of a historic downtown theater to the enhancement of the city’s bike path network.” 

The fund is part of the city’s “long-term vision of creating vibrant places and spaces for people of all ages and backgrounds.” Officials say Jones will “embed these concepts into future projects and other aspects of city government.”

Her job, in the city’s Planning and Economic Development Department, is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Jones has been executive director of the Lexington-Hamline Community Council. Previously she worked for the Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul Public School District, Science Museum of Minnesota, Americorps and Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning.

Jones said: “From installing new bikeways to creating new parks along the Green Line to renovating the historic Palace Theatre, I am excited to be working for a forward-thinking city that puts people first.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 10/02/2015 - 10:20 am.

    What’s new in planning revitalizing with a Vitality Fellow…

    . .. if all planners are planning, promoting the same ideas? Is that not what all planners aspire to, ‘revitalizing’ for the good of future development?

    Must be some new vital spark, uniqueness generating from a ‘vitality fellow’ who embraces; possibly activates the concept or same legacy of Joe-the-old, new urban -planner? Regular fellow planners have been focused already working diligently on revitalizing city projects also, yes?

    New labels, new perspectives? Are not all good planners vitally concerned with the same issues?

    New label; old issues…could call it serial planning; more of the same, revitalized ? Focusing on livable spaces….I thought that is what planners do all the time?

    Fresh titles are interesting and perks up the sameness of it all planning as-is I suppose or …

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