The Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation is a private, non-profit organization that works to stimulate economic and community development through urban design. With the belief that urban design significantly contributes to Saint Paul’s quality of life and business climate, we serve as an urban design resource for community redevelopment efforts such as the Central Corridor Light Rail Line, the Great River Passage, and Lowertown Saint Paul.
Active in the city of Saint Paul’s renaissance since 1994, the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation initially worked to connect the people, places and neighborhoods of Minnesota’s capital city to the Mississippi River. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, we served as a catalyst for numerous revitalization projects along the Mississippi including the Wabasha Street Bridge, Harriet Island, Raspberry Island, the Upper and Lower Landings, and Landmark Plaza. In 1997, the Riverfront Corporation outlined a set of urban design principles in the Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, a community-driven vision that has since guided more than a decade of unprecedented investment in the downtown riverfront. The Framework continues to inform and guide the work of developers, urban planners, community leaders and elected officials.
In 2009, we began working with Mayor Chris Coleman and civic leaders to evaluate Saint Paul’s economic development process. Recognizing the competitive advantage that good urban design brings to Saint Paul, we decided to expanded our scope beyond the river to include all of Saint Paul. In 2010, we adopted a new mission that reflects our evolution in focus and geographic reach:
The Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation will elevate Saint Paul’s quality of life and stimulate economic vitality by championing innovative, sustainable urban design principles for the city and its river valley, and by engaging community in the design process.