Knight Green Line Challenge

The new Green Line is here, connecting the diverse neighborhoods between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis! Now, Knight Foundation is looking for great projects that will make Central Corridor neighborhoods in St. Paul even more vibrant places to live, work, play and visit.

We are pleased to announce the 12 winners in the Knight Green Line Challenge. These innovative ideas tap into the potential of the Green Line to make surrounding neighborhoods in St. Paul more vibrant place to live and work!

Charles and Griggs Bikeway Tool Station
Erin Pavlica, $4,410
To install a bike tool station at the intersection between the Charles Ave and Griggs Ave bikeways where riders and residents can stop, connect and learn more about bike maintenance.

E=MC2
We Lighting LLC, $45,000
To strengthen the connection between downtown and the Mississippi river by creatively lighting the Sibley underpass.

Friendship Forest
Amanda Lovelee, $43,000
To connect diverse residents in the planting of 500 trees in a new ‘friendship forest’ designed to catalyze civic engagement.

Improved Walkability through Signage
Matt Privratsky, $23,250
To encourage neighborhood exploration by installing new, more engaging wayfinding signs.

Johnny Baby’s Rondo Park
Johnny Baby’s, $60,000
To transform an underutilized parking lot into a relaxing, green gathering space for Rondo residents, bikers, and Green Line riders.

Little Africa Cultural Corridor
African Economic Development Solutions, $60,000
To create a shared vision, action plan and design standards for the Little Africa corridor through placemaking activities.

Living Landmarks
Minnesota Historical Society, $35,723
To offer a series of new community-led walking tours highlighting the unique strengths and qualities of Green Line neighborhoods.

Mind if I Sit Here?
Heather Cole, $8,000
To promote interaction between friends and strangers by inviting people to take part in brown-bag conversations at roving bistro tables throughout downtown St. Paul.

River Balcony Prototyping Festival
Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, $100,000
To engage the community in a prototyping festival that helps develop a vibrant public life on St. Paul’s River Balcony.

Rock the Public Meeting
St Paul Smart Trips, $45,000
To bring fresh ideas to transportation planning along the Green Line through creative, youth-led Frogtown neighborhood engagement and placemaking projects.

Rondo Commemorative Plaza and Garden
Rondo Ave, Inc., $75,000
To install technology designed to harvest and retell residents’ oral histories in this new public space.

 St. Paul Better Block Wiki-Block
Team Better Block, $75,000
To develop, prototype, and open-source templates for snap-together urban street furniture that can be produced by anyone to transform a street or neighborhood.