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The Link: Building Wealth, Building Power

8/29/18

This edition of the Link includes a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data that finds income inequality in the US is greatest among Asians. From 1970 to 2016, the gap in the standard of living between Asian people near the top and the bottom of the income ladder nearly doubled. As we know, this income inequality has major social and economic consequences – those with less access to income and wealth experience diminished economic opportunity and mobility and have less political influence. Read the Link >

The Link: Why Is This Happening?

8/15/18

This edition of the Link includes a new study that analyzes Twitter data and finds that racial segregation not only divides us based on where we live, but how we travel around cities for everyday activities like shopping, visiting friends and family, working, or going out to eat. Race is the defining element of this segregation of mobility. Read the Link >

The Link: The Geography of Wellness

8/1/18

Wellness is not evenly distributed. Invisiblized policies and practices determine which neighborhoods are home to pollution and which are environmentally and economically healthy. As we’ve seen, the burden of inequitable land use policies and regulations falls largely on neighborhoods with people of color, indigenous, immigrant, and under-resourced communities, reinforcing environmental harm and poverty and furthering the wellness divide. This edition of the Link includes information about an upcoming event where we will discuss these historical harms to communities and share our vision of equitable land use policies that enrich neighborhoods, connecting residents to a broad set of choices for recreation, shopping, learning, laboring, and living. Read the Link >

The Link: Climate Gentrification and Environmental Racism

7/18/18

Recent threats to environmental protection will have an especially severe impact on people of color and low-income communities, who are disproportionately exposed to environmental health burdens – many of which have roots in intentionally discriminatory land use and housing policies, including residential segregation. This edition of the Link includes a Research & Advocacy Guide from PRRAC that argues for an affirmative new vision of environmental justice protections, supported by an annotated bibliography of sources that describe the scope of environmental racism, its link to housing segregation, and the inadequacy of current protections to keep all of us healthy and safe, regardless of race or income. Read the Link >

The Link: Responding to Xenophobia

7/4/18

This edition of the Link includes the Opportunity Agenda’s values-based messaging guide for use when talking about immigrant families. They recommend lifting up our shared values as a nation, making clear how the separation and incarceration of children is part of a broad approach and ideology that violates those values, and providing specific alternatives and actions that our audiences can take and policymakers must pursue. Read the Link >

The Link: Who Speaks for the Neighborhood?

6/20/18

True community engagement respects communities as experts who define the problems, design the solutions, and evaluate the outcomes. This edition of the Link includes plans to discuss how folks are challenging systems that reinforce the status quo and creating accessible spaces, projects, and processes that allow community members to feel welcomed as their full selves. Read the Link >

The Link: Reclaiming/Reframing Fair Housing

6/6/18

What do we have in common in a city with significant racial disparities in employment, education and other markers of well-being? Can there ever be common ground on land that was colonized? And what do these questions mean for Downtown Minneapolis — one neighborhood in the midst of many in our metropolis? Read the Link >

The Link: Housing Is A Human Right

5/23/18

Every member of our community has a right to an affordable, safe, dignified home. This edition of the Link includes information about plans to explore how that right is denied and disregarded in the face of gendered violence, racism, the (in)justice system, anti-immigrant discrimination, and other forms of oppression. Read the Link >

The Link: What Does Community Control of Land Mean?

5/9/18

Shelterforce put out a call for essays about the meaning of community control of land and gathered responses from residents and researchers, activists and advocates, all over the country. Check out their ideas in this edition of the Link. Read the Link >

The Link: Make Homes Happen

4/25/18

The reality is that affordability is slipping away from Minneapolis. One of five residents is a cost-burdened renter, and average monthly rent has risen 31 percent since 2012. Although affordable units are being added to the market, it’s simply not enough. Between 2000 and 2014, the city is estimated to have lost 11,500 affordable units. Production of affordable housing needs to at least triple just to keep up with annual population growth. Learn how Make Homes Happen wants to address the need for affordable homes. Read the Link >

The Link: Untokening

4/11/18

The Untokening is a multiracial collective that centers the lived experiences of marginalized communities to address mobility justice and equity. They have developed Principles of Mobility Justice, a living document that will change and evolve over time as our challenges and community priorities shift. Read the Link >

The Link: Investigating the Intersections of Issue Areas

3/28/18

The National Fair Housing Alliance filed a lawsuit which argues that Facebook lets landlords prevent certain communities from seeing advertisements of housing for sale or rent, which violates the Fair Housing Act and does not allow the freedom of housing choice that must be a protected human right. This story and more in this edition of the Link. Read the Link >

The Link: Communities Over Commodities

3/15/18

This edition of the Link includes a report from Homes for All and Right to the City that details the deep inequalities low-income and communities of color in our current housing model. It also proposes 5 Just Housing Principles: 1) Community Control, 2) Affordability, 3) Inclusivity, 4) Permanence, and 5) Health and Sustainability. Read the Link >

The Link: Power at the Margins

2/28/18

This edition of the Link covers the Inclusionary Housing Calculator 2.0, The Uneven Gains of Energy Efficiency, Mapping the Conflict Zones Between Sprawl and Biodiversity, and Airbnb and the Unintended Consequences of Disruption. Read the Link >

The Link: Love Your Neighborhood

2/14/18

To catch the eyes of city officials, St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood is launching a small area plan in cartoon form. Mychal Batson, an artist who grew up in Frogtown, spoke with hundreds of residents and wrote and illustrated the comic, dubbed SMAPL! (for small area plan). Read the Link >

The Link: When should we call something racist?

1/31/17

This edition of the Link includes a Code Switch podcast episode where a wide variety of people share their thoughts on calling out racism. Read the Link >

The Link: MLK Day and Actualizing Equity

1/4/17

Join us in building a national and local agenda to advance equity! Our focus is on implementing equity policies in the Twin Cities and the greater United States. Read the Link >

The Link: Trauma, Resiliency, and Racial Healing

12/20/17

The National Day of Racial Healing was established in 2017 by more than 550 leaders from around the United States who want to find ways to reinforce and honor our common humanity and create space to celebrate the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant; acknowledge that there are still deep racial divisions in America that must be overcome and healed; and commit to engaging people from all racial, ethnic, religious, and identity groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring, and respect for one another. Read the Link >

The Link: Human Rights Week and Equity Summit Stipends

12/6/17

The Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of stipend funds for community leaders, advocates, and organizational staff to attend PolicyLink’s upcoming Equity Summit: Our Power. Our Future. Our Nation. This national convening will take place Wednesday, April 11 – Friday, April 13 and is located in Chicago, IL. Read the Link >

The Link: Native Perspectives on Thanksgiving

11/21/17

This Thanksgiving season, the Alliance wants to uplift Native voices and acknowledge our nation’s history of colonization and the attempted erasure of Native communities. Read the Link >

The Link: Met Council Advisory Committee Openings

11/8/17

Join Met Council Advisory Committees on Equity, Land Use, Transportation, and Transportation Accessibility. Read the Link >

The Link: Speech, Belonging, and Mayoral Races

9/27/17

This edition of the Link shares information about mayoral races and includes a resource guide that  presents research-based evidence and perspectives on a range of free speech issues including belonging, framing, coded racial appeals, and a deeper understanding of harm. Read the Link >

The Link: Renter Week of Action and More

9/14/17

This edition of the Link highlights events taking place during Renter Week of Action, a national movement for affordable housing and tenant rights led by Homes for All.  Read the Link >

The Link: Protect Our Homes, State Election Roundup, and More

8/16/17

This edition of the Link highlights the significant racial and gender disparities in evictions. Even controlling for income – which is often unacceptably low for women of color – African-American women are more likely to experience eviction. It also includes information about the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless’ campaign urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Development to invest in the proven programs that are reducing housing instability in communities across the country.  Read the Link >

The Link: Redefining Affordability, Transit Fare Increase, and More

8/3/17

This edition of the Link includes information about a 25-cent fare increase for local and express buses, light rail and commuter rail, as well as a 50-cent hike for Metro Mobility, a service for disabled people. For a person taking the bus or LRT twice a day five days a week, the increase will cost an additional $130 a year — likely more if other kinds of trips are factored in. Read the Link >

The Link: Support Urban Density

7/19/17

This edition of the Link includes a report on changes in density in major U.S. cities from 2010-2016. The Twin Cities are ranked 28th in density among 51 metros studied, yet our region’s density trendline was in line with the dense and increasingly denser places of the East and West coasts. It also highlights the possibility for higher density at St. Paul’s Ford development. Read the Link >

The Link: Renters Rising

7/5/17

This edition of the Link includes a new report from the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association says that the Twin Cities needs 70,783 new apartments by 2030 to keep pace with demand, assuming current social and demographic trends continue. It also describes why more people are choosing renting over homeownership. Read the Link >

The Link: When Housing is Out of Reach

6/20/17

This edition of the Link includes a recently released report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that there is nowhere in this country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job can afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment. It also provides further documentation of the drastic gap between wages and the cost of rental housing. Read the Link >

The Link: Facing Structural Racism

6/8/17

This edition of the Link includes a free, book-length description of corruption in American economic development from Good Jobs First. It also highlights Bob Herbert’s new documentary, Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class, which describes the history of structural racism in America and encourages audiences to examine their own roles in maintaining policies, practices, and cultures that continue to harm African-American friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Read the Link >

The Link: Homeownership and the Color of Law

5/25/17

This edition of the Link describes the reality of our nation’s subsidized housing system, which largely benefits middle and upper class white homeowners. It also highlights Richard Rothstein’s new book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and ’50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth. Read the Link >

The Link: Coming Together to Support Transit

5/11/17

This edition of the Link describes the impact of the Transportation Conference Committee’s proposed transit bill on budget, policy, and the Twin Cities community. It also highlights the efforts of Transportation Forward, a coalition of organizations including the Sierra Club, Transit for Livable Communities, and the Alliance, which is bringing community members together to fight against fare hikes and cuts to transit service. Read the Link >

The Link: Visualizing Regional Narratives

4/27/17

This edition of the Link includes a series of maps and data points about the United States’ mega-regions. Understanding economic connections and transportation routes on a large scale can support efforts to improve regional planning practices. Read the Link >

The Link: Mapping Health and Housing by Region

4/13/17

This edition of the Link provides resources for analyzing health disparities and housing markets by city, neighborhood, and county. A Zillow report highlights the racial gap in rental affordability and a Forbes writer explains how huge home mortgage subsidies enable white people to build personal wealth and exclude people of color. Read the Link >

The Link: Understand and Protect Affordable Housing Options

3/29/17

This edition of the Link highlights local manufactured home parks, an affordable option for homeownership that is in jeopardy statewide. Lowry Grove Park in St. Anthony has already been threatened and Arden Manor, a park in Arden Hills, might be impacted by redevelopment at the nearby Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. Read the Link >

The Link: Potential Bus Fare Increase, MN State Budget Examined

3/16/17

This edition of the Link highlights Dakota County’s vote to block the dissolution of the Counties Transit Improvement Board. Dissolving the board would allow Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Washington, and Dakota counties to raise taxes and independently control the revenue in their regions, but Dakota County commissioners claim they have only received a 43% return on their investment. Read the Link >

The Link: Know Your Rights

3/2/17

This edition of the Link highlights resources from the community and the ACLU addressing where to find community leadership training, the structure of local government and how to become involved in the 2017 election cycle, and knowing what rights you have and how to act if confronted by immigration agents. Read the Link >

The Link: Results from St. Paul Racial Equity Investigations

2/16/17

This edition of the Link highlights findings from an ongoing investigation by the City of St. Paul into how people of color experience the city. Each city department conducted a data-driven analysis to determine whether services are provided fairly across geographic, racial, and income levels. Results have led the city to change some hiring practices, community outreach, and investment programs. Read the Link >

The Link: MN lawmakers introduce bills to discourage protesters and to require permit and fees to use bike lanes

2/2/17

This edition of the Link highlights articles on activity within the Minnesota legislature. Representatives have introduced House bills intended to discourage protesters from staging demonstrations and to require a permit and fees of bicyclists who intend to use bike lanes within the Twin Cities area. Both bills have sparked debate over the negative impacts they would have on people of color. Read the Link >

The Link: Disbanding Transit Board May Save Transit Funding

1/19/17

This edition of the Link highlights an article exploring how dissolving the Counties Transit Improvement Board could actually increase the funding available for transit projects. Counties would be able to double the sales tax amount collected for transit projects, which would allow several planned improvements to move forward without state funding. The allocation of transportation funds has been a contentious issue between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature for the past three years. Read the Link >

The Link: Tenants Mobilize to Demand Change

1/5/17

This edition of the Link features articles exploring what happens when tenants unite for change. A movement spearheaded by United Renters for Justice is drawing attention to rising rents and buildings with substandard maintenance, while other tenants are exploring ways to prevent the manufactured home parks they live in from being sold and redeveloped. Read the Link >

The Link: Gentrification Debate Heats Up

12/15/16

This edition of the Link includes several articles concerning the loss of affordable housing and the gentrification of Twin Cities neighborhoods. One recent study shows an influx of higher income residents and development across Minneapolis. Combined with decreasing household incomes, the trend is forcing low-income renters out. Read the Link >

The Link: Nonprofit Alliance Results in Real Change for Housing Issues

12/01/16

This edition of the Link includes articles about a new nonprofit alliance between La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles and African Career, Education and Resource Inc. The two organizations initially presented a joint petition to the Brooklyn Park City Council asking for support in tackling livability issues at the Autumn Ridge Apartments, which resulted in some immediate changes for the residents. Now the groups are compiling resident concerns to create a “Civil Rights Blueprint for Housing in the Brooklyns.” Read the Link >

The Link: Initiatives Focused on Increasing Capacity of Women of Color Promise Change

10/27/16

This edition of the Link highlights two community efforts focused on securing racial equality for women in the Twin Cities region. The Community Artists Leadership Initiative builds the capacity of artists of color, LGBTQ artists, and women artists, to secure the funding they need to produce great work. And the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, a new effort involving the Minnesota governor’s office, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, will be the nation’s first-ever private-public union in tackling racial-gender gaps, and will focus on improving the quality of life for women of color, women in Greater Minnesota, women who identify as LGBTQ and women with disabilities. Read the Link >

The Link: Metro Area Projects Advance for Regional Funding

10/13/16

This edition of the Link highlights a Metropolitan Council article describing several Transportation Improvement projects scheduled for construction. The Transportation Improvement Program is a $3.9 billion collection of proposed state- and federally-funded highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects scheduled to begin between 2017 and 2020. Read the Link >

The Link: Closing the Racial Gaps: Together We Can

9/29/16

The Link features several articles from Living Cities’ new blog series. The series highlights ongoing efforts across the U.S. that show promise of helping close racial opportunity gaps. Efforts across the country range from transforming education to ensuring that health outcomes are not dictated by the color of people’s’ skin. Read the Link >

The Link: Households of Color Left Out of the Income Boom

9/15/16

The latest edition of the Link features an article from the Star Tribune concerning median incomes among households of color. Although family incomes in Minnesota have increased by 3%, black, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, and American Indian median household incomes in the state did not rise in a statistically meaningful way. Read the Link >

The Link: Plans to Move Forward with the Southwest LRT

9/1/16

The latest edition of the Link includes several articles about plans to move forward with the Southwest light rail transit line. The $144.5 million transitway’s funding gap is officially filled after months of debates between state leaders and intensive effort from regional planners. The Metropolitan Council unanimously voted Wednesday evening to fill the final piece of the project by agreeing to finance $91.75 million in certificates of participation. The Counties Transit Improvement Board and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority will fill the remainder of the gap. These commitments from local partners are instrumental in demonstrating to the Federal Transit Administration that Southwest LRT is viable and has that local agencies can meet their funding responsibilities. Read the Link >

The Link: Red Lake Band Plans Affordable Housing for Tribal Members

8/18/16

The latest edition of the Link includes an article from the Red Lake Nation News about the tribe’s plans to purchase property in Minneapolis and offer affordable housing, retail and leisure amenities to the community. The project site is at 17th Avenue South and Cedar Ave in Minneapolis, approximately 200 feet from the Franklin Station of the Blue Line, and  the gateway of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, home to the largest population of urban American Indian people in Minnesota. Read the Link >

The Link: North Minneapolis Expanding Food Systems Through Urban Agriculture

8/4/16

The latest edition of the Link includes a Twin Cities Daily Planet article about reclaiming food systems in North Minneapolis. Read the Link >

The Link: Legislative Leaders Work Toward Special Session and More

7/21/16

The latest edition of the Link includes an article about terse negotiations between top Minnesota lawmakers over a possible special session of the Legislature. In order to get legislators to agree to the session, Governor Mark Dayton had to abandon a long list of previously held priorities, including $182 million in new bonding projects and nearly $80 million in new spending over the next year. Read the Link >

The Link: Affordable Manufactured Housing and More

06/16/16

The latest edition of the Link includes a study by the Metropolitan Council on manufactured housing within the Twin Cities region. The study found that manufactured housing is often the most affordable option for low-income households, but manufactured housing parks are becoming more scarce. Parks close due to redevelopment pressure, the inability of park owners to maintain aging infrastructure, and road expansions. Freya Thamman, Metro Council planner and co-project manager for the study and pilot program, said, “The future of manufactured housing parks affects the most economically disadvantaged families in the region, so that makes it an important equity issue.”

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The Link: “From Diversity to Inclusion” and More

06/02/16

This edition of Link includes a Plains Dealer article by Janet H. Cho, profiling Verna Myers and her work on promoting diversity and inclusion. Myers’ recent Ted talk on overcoming unconscious biases has over 1.2 million views. “Biases are the stories we make up about people before we learn who they are,” Myers said. They are especially apparent “when things are high-risk, or you have to make quick decisions.” She proposes three actionable methods for overcoming bias: seek out diversity in your social circles, attend events where you are the minority, and confront biases in friends, acquaintances and colleagues.

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The Link: Time Running out for Legislature Bills and More

05/19/16

This edition of the Link eNewsletter includes an article from the MinnPost about what bills the Minnesota Legislature could still pass, and which they won’t. A bonding bill – a $335 million dollar package calling for road and bridge projects, port funding, airport and railroad crossings, and other University and infrastructure projects – still needs at least eight more votes to pass the House. Republicans are also proposing a tax cuts bill, which Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t sign without the inclusion of tax credits for various groups and projects. Although Transportation talks initially seemed promising, Republicans and Gov. Dayton couldn’t come to an agreement on the allocation of bonds and general fund money.

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The Link: A Crusade to Defeat Dividing Lines and More

04/07/16

This edition of the Link eNewsletter includes a link to a Washington Post article discussing how highways have traditionally been cut through low income and minority neighborhoods. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary, is launching a crusade to change this practice. “The country is reaching the end of the useful life of a lot of our infrastructure, and we’re going to have to replace and rebuild a lot, so I want people to be thinking about this,” he said.

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The Link: Community Gardens for Connection and Empowerment and More

03/10/16

This edition of the Link includes an article from the Project for Public Spaces discussing the role of community gardens in creating connections and improving quality of life within low-income and minority communities. Among the benefits are increased mental and physical health, natural opportunities for educational programming, and decreased crime and violence within neighborhoods. Additionally, community gardens provide an opportunity for the preservation of unique crops and cultivation techniques.

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The Link: Transit Ridership Up To 85.5 Million and More

02/15/16

In this edition of the Link: a news release from MetroTransit announced that the METRO Blue Line set a new ridership record, with more than 85.5 million rides on buses and trains in 2015. “With two light-rail lines, more than 100 bus routes and a commuter rail line, the Twin Cities is more connected than it’s been in a very long time,” General Manager Brian Lamb said. Initiatives to continue increasing commuter numbers will continue through 2016.

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The Link: St. Paul Included in Bloomberg Initiative and More

12/17/15

This issue of the Link includes an article about the Bloomberg Initiative, a competitive city improvement program, from the Pioneer Press. St. Paul is one of 21 cities chosen for the “What Works Cities” Bloomberg initiative, a program that pairs cities with outside experts to review data and use those insights to improve public policy and management. Resulting strategies ultimately result in improved services for city residents.

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The Link: Cities Building Community Wealth and More

11/19/15

This issue of the Link eNewsletter includes a link to a free PDF download, “Cities Building Community Wealth.” The report explores why community-based economic development is a growing trend and how it promotes equity, inclusion, and sustainability. The report identifies core beliefs of this new method, and strategies for how city governments can foster community-based economic development within their own localities.

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The Link: HUD Secretary Visits Twin Cities and More

11/19/15

This issue of the Link eNewsletter includes an article in the Star Tribune reviewing the HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s visit to the Twin Cities area. He has made three visits in three months to the area, bringing tensions between affordable housing advocates and developers to the surface. New federal requirements passed in July require cities to analyze and combat housing segregation. “I very firmly believe that HUD has a role to play, that housing has a role to play in ensuring that we effectively give folks a second chance in life,” Castro said.

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The Link: Met Council Establishes New Advisory Committee on Equity and More

10/22/15

This issue of the Link includes information about a new Equity Advisory Committee, established by the Metropolitan Council. The committee will consist of 21 members, including four current Council members. Members will create an annual workplan to discuss policy questions and advise the full Council on implementing equity commitments. The Council will begin recruiting members for the committee in the coming weeks.

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The Link: Push to Restore Lake Calhoun’s Original Name and More

10/09/15

The Link eNewsletter includes a letter to the editor in the Star Tribune, calling to restore Lake Calhoun’s designation to “Bde Maka Ska,” meaning “White Earth Lake.” Letter authors Carly Bad Heart Bull, Kate Beane, and Tracy Nordstrom write, “A return to the original Dakota name (meaning “White Earth Lake”) would honor the area’s first inhabitants, signaling Minneapolis’ evolution as a community composed of many, with visionary citizens willing to understand history, re-frame and move forward together.”

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The Link: Metropolitan Council Honors Community Engagement Steering Committee and More

09/24/15

A resolution honoring the contributions of the Community Engagement Steering Committee was passed during the September 23rd Metropolitan Council Meeting. The resolution recognized the efforts of the Committee to engage underrepresented communities and shape policies and decision making. The Committee contributed greatly to the Council’s Public Engagement Plan, which defines the expectations by which the Council should engage with the region’s residents, and types of policy, planning, and operational decisions that need community engagement. Links to the resolution and Engagement Plan are included within this issue of the Link.

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The Link: Lessons on Infrastructure Development and Gentrification from New Orleans and More

09/09/15

This issue of the Link includes several articles about the redevelopment of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now, ten years after New Orleans was decimated, new housing developments abound and new businesses have poured in. However, many historic residents are also low-income families, and these new benefits are financially out of reach. Lessons from New Orleans can be applied to the Twin Cities region as transportation and infrastructures are improved.

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The Link: Solar Energy Project Aims to Bridge Racial Divide and More

08/20/15

This Link eNewsletter includes a piece from MidWest Energy News, with details on an ambitious solar garden project. The solar installation would produce enough energy to fully power 50 to 60 homes. A unique financing twist allows faith-based institutions who are program subscribers to pay more for their subscription, so economically disadvantaged residents are not barred from this opportunity. The installation also provides an opportunity to train north Minneapolis residents for positions within renewable energy industries.

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The Link: Mapping America’s Renters and More

08/04/15

U.S. Homeownership rates have declined to 63.4 percent, the lowest it has been since 1967. This issue of the Link includes a collection of articles providing more insight into this phenomenon. Among other barriers, transportation costs, student loan repayments, and high rental costs make it difficult to impossible for renters to purchase their own home.

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Common Ground Summer 2015

06/15/15

Our summer 2015 edition of the Common Ground includes a feature on our MoveMN work, a story on the importance of community involvement on advisory committees for Light Rail Transit projects, a highlight of our Ladders of Opportunity work and updates on HIRE Minnesota.

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Common Ground Winter 2014

1/14/15

This edition of the Common Ground features a cover story about a historic Transportation Advisory Board vote. In addition, it includes a story on how community groups are building power for transit equity, a report-back from HIRE Minnesota’s work on keeping state contractors accountable to meeting their hiring goals, the North Minneapolis Greenway survey results and more.

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Common Ground Winter 2013

12/23/13

The winter 2013 edition of the Alliance’s newsletter, the Common Ground, tells powerful stories about our current issues and campaigns. It lifts up the work of our partner groups and shows how, together, we are creating opportunities to advance regional equity in the Twin Cities.

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Common Ground Spring 2013

5/13/13

The spring 2013 edition of the Alliance’s newsletter, the Common Ground, features exciting news about Transit for a Stronger Economy campaign, and how the Central Corridor Project exceeded its hiring goals. It also features information about affordable housing investment and the Brooklyn Park subsidy to Target.

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Common Ground Winter 2012

12/20/12

The winter 2012 edition of the Common Ground features a story on a resolution passed by the Minneapolis City Council requiring a racial equality assessment. It also contains information on the Stadium Equity Plan, an upcoming Fair Housing and Equity Assessment overseen by the Metropolitan Council, the Northside Transportation Network, and Federal Environmental Justice policies affecting Transitway Development.

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Common Ground Summer 2012

7/11/12

The summer 2012 edition of the Common Ground details information about our current issues and campaigns and illustrates how the Alliance and our partner groups are creating opportunities to advance regional equity in the Twin Cities.

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Common Ground Fall 2011

11/15/11

The fall edition of the Common Ground details information about the Corridors of Opportunity Community Engagement Team, and shares stories about our current issues and campaigns.

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Common Ground Spring 2011

6/22/11

The latest Common Ground is packed with information about the current political landscape, including the effect of the legislative session on equity issues and the possible impact of a new Metropolitan Council.

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Common Ground Winter 2010

12/7/10

This issue of the Common Ground is devoted to community engagement. Read about how local groups are transforming the way decisions are made in the Twin Cities region by focusing on meaningful engagement of the people who live and work here!

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Common Ground Spring 2010

3/31/10

The Alliance newsletter “Common Ground” features stories about the connections between people, places and issues in the Twin Cities Region. From securing the three missing light rail stations on Central Corridor, to the Harrison neighborhood’s fight against disinvestment, to the benefits of public transportation and the importance of integrating land-use, housing, economic development in our transit planning, to HIRE Minnesota’s work for hiring equity – this edition shares how on all of these issues, communities have been coming together to make development more racially, economically, and environmentally just. Read all about it!

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Common Ground Winter 2009-10

11/5/09

The Alliance newsletter “Common Ground” features stories about the connections between people, places and issues in the Twin Cities Region. From securing the three missing light rail stations on Central Corridor, to the Harrison neighborhood’s fight against disinvestment, to the benefits of public transportation and the importance of integrating land-use, housing, economic development in our transit planning, to HIRE Minnesota’s work for hiring equity – this edition shares how on all of these issues, communities have been coming together to make development more racially, economically, and environmentally just. Read all about it!

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Common Ground Summer 2009

6/16/09

Our latest Common Ground newsletter is all about the intersection between the environment, the economy and equity!

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Common Ground Fall 2007

10/4/07

The Fall 2007 issue of the Alliance’ Common Ground Newsletter features stories about the opportunities and challenges presented by mega-developments being proposed in the Twin Cities. Download the newsletter to read about mega-developments in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis and to learn about equitable development efforts taking place throughout the region.

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Common Ground Fall 2007

10/4/07

The Fall 2007 issue of the Alliance’ Common Ground Newsletter features stories about the opportunities and challenges presented by mega-developments being proposed in the Twin Cities. Download the newsletter to read about mega-developments in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis and to learn about equitable development efforts taking place throughout the region.

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Common Ground Winter 2008-09

12/8/08

This edition of the Common Ground is dedicated to the issue of regional equity. What does it mean? How do we achieve it? The newsletter features stories about local and national efforts in several different areas: community development, green jobs, resisting gentrification and displacement, and racial equity impact policies.

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Common Ground Spring 2008

5/21/08

The latest issue of the Common Ground newsletter focuses on recent victories for the Alliance and our partner organizations, including the recent passage of the transportation bill over the governor’s veto and the Twin Cities’ first community-based CBA.

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Common Ground Fall 2007

10/4/07

The Fall 2007 issue of the Alliance’ Common Ground Newsletter features stories about the opportunities and challenges presented by mega-developments being proposed in the Twin Cities. Download the newsletter to read about mega-developments in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis and to learn about equitable development efforts taking place throughout the region.

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Common Ground Fall 2006

8/25/06

We are pleased to be able to dedicate the latest issue of Common Ground to featuring stories that illustrate an exciting new phase in the Twin Cities’ movement for smarter growth and more equitable development. For the past year, the Alliance has worked to help a broad range of groups — our member organizations and other community allies — to ensure that low income communities and people of color benefit from the large-scale redevelopments in our midst. One of our central strategies has been to elevate and develop the potential of Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs), as a particular tool in a wide variety of locations and circumstances. You can read about CBA’s, digital justice, University Avenue organizing, and much more by downloading the newsletter.

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Common Ground Fall 2005

10/24/05

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability’s newsletter, Common Ground is now online. Topics included in this newsletter are the Lexington-University Campaign, transit funding at the state legislature, and Community Benefit Agreements.

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