Changes to City Council Ward boundaries added Railroad Island, a beautiful downtown neighborhood that has been hit hard by the recession and foreclosure crisis, to Ward 5 in 2012,  Amy recognizes Railroad Island’s potential, Ward 5 and established a “Spotlight on Railroad Island Initiative” in 2012, bringing needed resources and attention to the neighborhood. The result being focused community engagement & participation, oversight on code violations including a city ‘environmental sweep’, housing investments, a Payne Avenue study, and a partnership with Public Health to connect youth and families to healthy activities, among other outgrowths of this initiative.

Organizational partners: District 5, Saint Paul Police, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Economic Development, Saint Paul Design Center, Saint Paul/Ramsey County Public Health, Department of Safety and Inspections.