A Vision for St. Paul
In June of 1997, the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation introduced the Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework – a community-driven vision for a revitalized urban core and downtown riverfront. Over the past fifteen years, the Framework has helped leverage more than $1 billion of investment in Saint Paul, including major redevelopments of Harriet Island, Raspberry Island, Landmark Plaza and the Upper Landing.
Authored by the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, Capital City Partnership, City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Port Authority and the West Side Citizens Organization, the Framework marked a major shift in how Saint Paul viewed its relationship to the Mississippi River. For the first time in more than 150 years, the Framework’s approach to city building balanced the unique ecological features of one of the world’s greatest waterways with its traditional role as a working river. Instead of ignoring the Mississippi’s natural amenities, the Framework values them as an economic catalyst.
The nationally acclaimed, award-winning Framework is the result of more than two years of work and input from thousands of citizens in a process led by renowned urban planning expert Ken Greenberg. The Framework has been officially incorporated into the City of Saint Paul’s Comprehensive Plan and was updated in 2007 with a new National Great River Park chapter.