Fighting sprawl and promoting smart growth. For years, those were the framing concepts around many urban sustainability campaigns nationwide. In the Twin Cities, the Alliance helped to bend the arc of regional efforts to center community organizing and equitable development. Dan Cramer was engaged in that shift nearly 20 years ago.

The City of Arden Hills is building a new neighborhood on 427 acres of publicly owned land but it refuses to include affordable housing opportunities for everyone to live there. In this Race & Regionalism report we examine this massive tract of undeveloped land as a case study for how and why cities like Arden…

The Safe & Affordable Neighborhoods Minneapolis campaign is nothing more than self-interested scare tactics from the landlord lobby that perpetuate racial inequities. Join us in supporting the Minneapolis city council’s tenant protection ordinances that are important first steps toward housing justice. Sign on to show your support here: http://bit.ly/MplsTenantProtection Watch the video and share with your networks!

Parks, green infrastructure and sustainable development bring a range of social, cultural, health and environmental benefits. But too often the public, private and non-profit sectors do not appropriately address the ‘unintended consequences’ of these improvements. How do we ensure that communities most impacted by environmental harms historically reap the benefits of new and ongoing investments?…

It was 1995 and the Minnesota state legislature was considering a measure that would become the Livable Communities Act. The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability called a press conference on the steps of the capitol to promote the bill and elevate the need to invest state funds in environmental remediation and housing redevelopment. They weren’t on the list of speakers, but Caty Royce and a dozen other members of the Community Stabilization Project (CSP) showed up with signs that spoke volumes.

Beyond its rebranding from Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition in 2017, Our Streets Minneapolis has been working over the past several years to center equity in its organizational operations and approach to advocacy. Hired as Executive Director in March 2019, Ashwat Narayanan is bringing his background in community organizing and focus on transportation justice to the group’s…

The Alliance is excited to welcome Ricardo Perez as a Coalition Organizer. Ricardo was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States in 2004. Ricardo has more than 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector alongside community on issues that disproportionately impact immigrants and people of color. More recently, Ricardo…

The Alliance is excited to announce Tram Hoang as its new Policy Advocate.  Tram was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and her community development perspectives are heavily shaped by the gentrification and displacement she witnessed growing up in North Portland. After attending Oregon State University, she served on the board of Depave (a radical…

From community benefits to co-creation, local organizing is beginning to shift the calculations around large-scale developments, pressing government officials and private developers to consider and address the potential impacts of their investments on local residents and businesses. In St. Paul, the construction of Allianz Field has raised concerns about the impact of the soccer stadium…

From organizing in manufactured home parks to leading community engagement efforts with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Margaret Kaplan has dedicated the past 20 years to affordable housing advocacy. In 2018, she returned to the Housing Justice Center — where she had her first job out of law school back in 2003 — and as of…