8 80 Vitality Fund
"If you create a city that’s good for an eight-year-old and good for an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for everyone."
— Gil Penalosa, 8 80 Cities
In 2014, the City of Saint Paul created the 8 80 Vitality Fund, a $42.5 million investment focused on improving infrastructure and creating vibrant places and spaces. The fund was inspired by the work of renowned urban planner Gil Penalosa and 8 80 Cities, which promotes livable cities where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are safe, invigorated and welcomed by their community.
A total of 12 projects were funded through the 8 80 Vitality Fund. The projects were chosen for their ability to create new and vibrant open spaces that will help the city thrive in a 21st century global economy. While a limited number of projects were financed by the 8 80 Vitality Fund, the vision of creating a vibrant community that welcomes everyone encompasses more than this specific portfolio of projects.
- Palace Theatre
- Capital City Bikeway
- Grand Round
- River Balcony
- Greening the Green Line projects, including Dickerman Park, Little Mekong Plaza, and new parkland at Griggs and University
- Street improvement projects, including Payne Avenue/East 7th Street and the Bruce Vento Trailhead, Raymond Avenue, Bedford Avenue, and bike lane striping opportunities throughout the city
- North Snelling Avenue pedestrian improvements
- Optical fiber infrastructure