The report includes an initial property history, an architectural and cultural landscape assessment, and an archaeological assessment. The property formerly known as Boys Totem Town may be historically and culturally significant for numerous reasons and associated with key topics and resources. [Read More]
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We (partner group*) are working together towards thoughtful "development" of the land once occupied by Boys Totem Town Juvenile Detention Center. (located in St. Paul, MN -- see MAP)
Oak Savanna: An oak savanna is a community of scattered oak trees (Quercus spp.) above a layer of prairie grasses and forbs. The trees are spaced enough so that there is little to no closed canopy and the grasses and forbs receive plentiful amounts of sunlight. ... Once common in Minnesota, the oak savanna is now a rare ecosystem.
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
Large urban parks can provide important buffers to the stressors of city living (Hartig and Kahn, 2016; Wood et al., 2018). Such effects have been shown in even some of the largest cities of the world, such as in New York City (Sain-Baird, 2017) and Beijing (Hongxiao et al., 2017), and fit within a growing body of research that show that interaction with nature benefits people physically and psychologically. These benefits are not trivial. As reviewed by Frumkin et al. (2017) and Bratman et al. (2019), interaction with nature has been shown to reduce stress, depression, aggression, ADHD symptoms, rumination, and obesity, and to improve immune function, eyesight, mental health, and social connectedness.
~ Relatively Wild Urban Parks Can Promote Human Resilience and Flourishing