Vision Saint Louis Park
The role of the Vision 3.0 Steering Committee is to serve as the City Council’s appointees and act as liaisons between the community and the Council for the Visioning process. We help the City reach and engage all members of the community, work collaboratively with the consultant and City staff, occasionally meet with the City Council to share key insights or project milestones, and be advocates for the visioning process in their neighborhoods, communities, workplaces, etc.
I was invited to be on the Steering Committee by my Ward's City Councilperson. I couldn't say no - partially because I have a stake in how the city will continue to grow and change, being that I am a resident, and partially because I believe that the best way to help society move forward on a large scale is to act locally. And I will not be in this city forever - I may move away one day, or I will live out my life here, but either way one day others will be here to take my place, and I want to leave this city better than I found it.
The Vision 3.0 Report has been finalized, and the results are being used for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan - a project to update the Current Comprehensive Plan to guide the future of the city. In the report, you will find out what our residents value, the trends facing our city, and the recommendations made to the city council. There are also Neighborhood Infographics and Maps available for review.
It is important to note that 32.26% of the participants of Vision 3.0 are Persons of Color, while only being 16.7% of Saint Louis Park's population. I point this out, because when taken as a whole, 85% of respondents has positive/affirming words to use like “grateful” and “safe” when asked “When I think about my community/ neighborhood, I feel….” However, when looking at what Persons of Color had to say, 42% were more likely to use words like: "disconnected", "sad", "lonely" or "isolated", "cold", "frustrated", "secluded", "nervous", "depressed", and "neglected" or "unsupported" (79% of white residents used positive words, by comparison)- this shows that there is a vastly different systemic experience that must be recognized and worked on.