Browsing Archive: March, 2013

What I Know 3-28-13

Posted by SAP Community Foundation on Thursday, March 28, 2013,

Sorry for the delay, I was down in Orlando at Disney World wearing my other hat as a meeting planner. It was interesting with all our recent conversations around planned communities to spend time in a hyper planned community. While one can argue about the impact to children’s imaginations and health (and parents sanity, especially during spring break madness) the infrastructure set up is really amazing. Granted, Disney was starting from scratch and had free rein to do whate...


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What I Know 3-20-13

Posted by SAP Community Foundation on Wednesday, March 20, 2013,

Let me join the ironic refrain du jour: Happy First day of Spring! I personally am trying to make the transition to a more open expectation of weather systems in this new age of climate change. That philosophy can be characterized in four simple words that encapsulate all of the vagaries inherent in predicting our evolving weather patterns: Get used to it. 

Abnormal is the new normal. The calendar announcing the first day of any of our seasons is based on a rapidly receding ...


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What I Know 3-13-13

Posted by SAP Community Foundation on Wednesday, March 13, 2013,

The Transition Towns initiative to lower our neighborhood’s carbon footprint is gaining steam. After two well-attended large group meetings, smaller action groups have been meeting around specific areas of energy conservation such as transportation, alternative energy, housing, etc. I am part of both the transportation (meeting this week) and alternative energy conversations, with solar options emerging as our primary focus in the latter. 

Our process coincides with the St...


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What I Know 3-6-13

Posted by SAP Community Foundation on Wednesday, March 6, 2013,

Sidewalks. You can’t have a truly walkable community unless you have something to walk on. But some neighborhoods don’t want sidewalks, especially in the suburbs, due to landscaping and increased assessments. There was a big todo a year or so ago when the city of St. Paul wanted to put a sidewalk on the north side of Marshall along the Town & Country Club golf course to complete a grassy stretch between existing sidewalks on a major transitway. There were lawsuits from th...


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Jon Schumacher - Executive Director Hi, I'm Jon Schumacher, the Executive Director of the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation. The Foundation's role is to understand our community needs, bring people together to help find solutions and then support their implementation. I am the point person for that and the blog is my way of keeping my board and neighbors up-to-date on all that is happening around District 12.