Barriers to Wayfinding in Downtown Saint Paul: An Evaluation


Barriers to Wayfinding in Downtown Saint Paul: An Evaluation

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Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota




This project was completed as part of a partnership between CapitolRiver District Council and the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project ( The goal of this project was to evaluate wayfinding in Downtown Saint Paul and how it can be enhanced to contribute to vibrant and connected communities, activated streetscapes, and economic recovery. CapitolRiver District Council project lead Jon Fure collaborated with students in Professor Emily Kalnicky’s course, PA 8081: Program Evaluation Capstone, to conduct an evaluation that included surveys of business owners and residents, interviews with business owners, a review of literature, and a code comparison. A final student report and presentation are available. A videorecording of the students' final presentation is also available at


Report completed by students enrolled in PA 8081: Program Evaluation Capstone, taught by Emily Kalnicky in Spring 2021.

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This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance community resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at

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Ritten, Sarah; Wu, Emma. (2021). Barriers to Wayfinding in Downtown Saint Paul: An Evaluation. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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