Neighborhood Leadership Network:
You CAN make a difference in your neighborhood!
a better neighborhood is in your hands. The Payne-Phalen (District 5)
Community Council can help provide you with the tools to make the
community a better place to live, work and play. District councils can
be an incredible asset for neighborhoods. But the
district council and its staff
cannot do it all.
It is vital to have committed, involved citizens,
drawing on a wealth of community resources, to improve our
neighborhood. Committed, involved citizens look out for each other
and their community. They work together and share information and
resources. They support each other. That’s where the Neighborhood
Leadership Network or NLN comes in.
when things aren’t going well in your community, it’s all too easy to
think that you are the only person who cares about what is happening on
your block or in your neighborhood. But that just isn’t true. We have
many concerned and committed neighbors here. The key is to get everyone
on the same page, working together.
Think of the Payne-Phalen neighborhood and
the Neighborhood Leadership Network as a set of building blocks. You
live or work on a block, bounded by streets. The neighborhood itself
has about 370 street blocks.
The St. Paul Police Department, for its
crime tracking and reporting purposes, puts groups of blocks into
groups known as grids. While most grids are similar in size, not
every grid has the same number of blocks. As a city, St. Paul has about 280 grids. You
can see a grid map at the city’s web site, under the police
department pages, at www.stpaul.gov/
If you do not have Internet access, the
district council office or police can provide you with a grid map. You
can track crime in your area by grid. Get to know your grid and know
what is happening around you. Crime reports are posted online and you
can track activities in that way. Crime reports also appear weekly in
the St. Paul Pioneer Press and East Side Review.
Another building block is block clubs. We
have many existing block clubs in Payne-Phalen
but would always welcome more members in existing clubs and new clubs
in areas where none exist.
The Neighborhood Leadership Network will connect
the block clubs in a grid, as a way of getting crime prevention
information out to the community. We would like to establish grid
captains who would help systematically get information out to each
grid and block club.
clubs can be a very effective resource and a great way to organize
around issues. Block clubs can help you get to know your neighbors.
But block clubs working in isolation are not as effective as groups
working together for the common goal of a better neighborhood.
Neighborhood Leadership Network is not a one-way street. We’d like to
use it to help citizens report crime and ask questions, as well as
use it to distribute information. This is limited to crime prevention
information and crime alerts. We’d also like to use this system for
land use, zoning and licensing information, so you have a better idea
of what is going on in your community. Through email and our
telephone volunteers, the Neighborhood Leadership Network can help
you stay informed and involved.
of the Neighborhood Leadership Network involves the Neighborhood
Action Meetings, which will be held on the third Thursday evening of
each month. These meetings will involve a different resource person.
Come and learn about issues in your community. Hear reports from each
grid and learn about programs and services you and your neighbors can
take advantage of.
Leadership Network will also be involved with the East District Police
Department, and will have a presence at its monthly community
meetings. Two meetings are open to the public and are held at on the 3rd
Wednesday and at on the 3rd
Friday. Both are held at the SPPDEast
District headquarters at Payne and Minnehaha avenues.
Payne Phalen District Five
Planning Council Organizing Strong, Safe, Welcoming and Connected Neighborhoods
506 Kenny Road, Saint Paul MN 55130
Call 651-774-5234 for more information
or e-mail us at