Purpose and Goals

The purpose of this forum to empower those who live and work on the West Side of St. Paul to build capacities within our community.  Effective use of this forum will increase our ability to share information with each other, problem solve, and address the issues that impact the West Side.  In short, we are here to help each other in a constructive and supportive manner.

The goals of St. Paul West Side Neighbors Forum are:

  • To create a positive, safe environment for people to connect and learn from one another.
  • To inform West Side residents of issues within the community, current events, and other relevant topics on the West Side.
  • Exchange viewpoints and opinions and discover new or different perspectives and present these views to local elected officials and with government staff who serve the West Side.
  • To promote partnerships, collaborative problem-solving, and positive, citizen-driven change for our neighborhood.
  • to have active conversations about a wide range of topics that are relevant to ..., and
  • to reflect a wide range of points of view.

Typical Topics

Topics that you might find here to discuss include:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Employment
  • Public Services
  • Crime and law enforcement
  • Parks, recreation and public spaces
  • Community schools and education
  • District council issues
  • City planning
  • Neighborhood business and commerce
  • Community Events

Participation Rules

By taking part in this forum, you accept the full rules of the forum.

Highlighted and additional forum-specific rules:

  • Use your real name.
  • You may only make 2 posts per day.
  • Keep your posts relevant to the forum theme or geographic scope.
  • Be civil.

Forum Leadership

This forum opened on May 1, 2011.

Louis Garcia is the volunteer Forum Manager. He can be reached at

The volunteer Forum Manager is responsible for the general health and well-being of the forum. The Forum Manager shall:

  • enforce forum rules
  • respond to participant questions
  • listen to complaints or concerns
  • encourage active participation
  • maintain respectful tone of discussion

If you have any questions or concerns about the forum, please contact us.