Reports and Tools

Development Comparison: Ford & TCAAP

8/8/18

The former sites of the Ford Auto Plant in Saint Paul and the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills are currently being redeveloped. These huge parcels of land offer some of the region’s most significant opportunities to generate desperately needed affordable homes on a large scale. This side-by-side compares the scale, density, and projected affordability of each site.

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Actualizing Equity

Actualizing Equity Series

The 2018 Actualizing Equity Series dives into each section covered by Our AREA: the Alliance Regional Equity Agenda. Local leaders join us in exploring and discussing the ways each issue area intersects with the complex identities and historical struggles of our communities.

Each session includes a panel with local leaders followed by breakout discussions. We create resource documents based on ideas generated in these conversations.

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Untokening 1.0 Principles of Mobility Justice

Untokening 1.0 – Principles of Mobility Justice

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.

Each “principle” is broken into three parts:

Problem: We challenge the current paradigm by illuminating the range of barriers to mobility access that have long plagued marginalized communities.

Principle: We offer a new vision that lays the foundation necessary to pursue mobility justice.

Practice: We suggest approaches that can help justice advocates work toward that alternative paradigm, either in white-centered planning spaces or in their own work in marginalized communities.

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Transformative Equitable Development for Healthy Communities

This series gives space for community leaders and practitioners to share their experience and intentionally strategize on the ways in which we can anchor community-led, transformative equitable development in our region. The series highlights the existing assets in communities as well as the opportunities to build stronger together in our future. Through this work, we are demonstrating how transformative equitable development can create better outcomes for low-wealth communities and communities of color.

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Better Bus Stops Community Engagement Report

05/01/2017

In 2016, the Community Engagement Team (comprised of the Alliance, Nexus Community Partners, and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs) partnered with Metro Transit to provide engagement expertise for the Better Bus Stops campaign. The CET awarded contracts to 11 local organizations to engage transit riders and historically underrepresented communities around transit equity issues with a focus on bus stops. This report describes the community engagement tools that were utilized and shares lessons learned from the experience.

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3 Ps of Affordable Housing Advocacy

The 3 Pillars of Affordable Housing Advocacy (3 Ps: Protection, Production, Preservation

4/20/2017

This tool presents a platform of affordable housing advocacy policies based on the 3 Ps: tenant protection, production of new affordable homes, and preservation of current affordable housing. The strategies included are adapted from a 8/17/16 memo from the Housing Justice Center.

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The Equitable Development Scorecard - Harrison Neighborhood Association

The Equitable Development Scorecard

09/08/2016

The Scorecard was created by Twin Cities, MN community leaders to make sure that the principles and practices of equitable development, environmental justice, and affordability are available to all communities as they plan for economic development and wealth creation that benefits everyone.

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H1RE Minnesota - Moving Minnesota from Worst to First Employment Equality

Moving Minnesota from Worst to First in Employing People of Color

09/08/2016

HIRE Minnesota is excited to announce that the Vikings stadium construction contractors exceeded their hiring goal of 32 percent people of color, totaling more than 1.3 million hours worked. This translates to $39 million in estimated wages for construction workers alone. HIRE Minnesota was instrumental to this effort, with transparent policies, innovative solutions, and oversight of the hiring process.

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Equitable Transportation Investments for All Minnesotans

Equitable Transportation Investments for All Minnesotans

02/02/2015

Investing in a comprehensive transportation system, including public transit, roads and bridges, and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, will create greater access to jobs and opportunities for all Minnesotans. These investments make our state more economically competitive and position Minnesota to thrive in an increasingly global economy. To maintain our competitive advantage, build up our under-utilized local assets, and generate entrepreneurial activity, Minnesota needs to step up and make the kind of game-changing investments that will lead to long-term, shared prosperity.

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Equity Commitments for Southwest Light Rail Transit

Equity Commitments for Southwest Light Rail Transit

05/23/2014

The Equity Commitments for the Southwest LRT coalition created these recommendations for transit-related equitable outcomes focused on how communities of color in Minneapolis can benefit from the SWLRT project. We focused on targeted strategies that will create wealth and economic opportunity, with a particular emphasis on north Minneapolis. Also see the Equity Commitments for the SWLRT Matrix.

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Advancing an Equity Agenda for the Twin Cities Region

Advancing an Equity Agenda for the Twin Cities Region

05/31/2013

A CURA Reporter commentary by Neeraj Mehta and Tracy Babler explores how using an equity framework will provide people of color with access to opportunities such as housing, jobs, and education, thereby closing the racial gap that pervades the Twin Cities region.

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Hiring Equity: Can MnDOT End 20 Years of Failure to Meet Hiring Goals for People of Color

Hiring Equity: Can MnDOT End 20 Years of Failure to Meet Hiring Goals for People of Color

04/03/2013

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability is excited to release the most recent paper in our Race and Regionalism series – “Hiring Equity: Can MnDOT End 20 years of Failure to Meet Hiring Goals for People of Color?” This paper addresses the institutional and cultural changes that will be necessary to end employment disparities in the Twin Cities region.

The Alliance’s Race and Regionalism series explores a history of public policymaking that favored, either intentionally or as a byproduct of poor decision-making, the needs of white people over those of people of color and indigenous people. An examination of these policies demonstrates how racial discrimination has shaped and defined our region.

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Sustainable Communities in the Twin Cities: How Community Groups Are Working with Government to Transform Transitway Development

Sustainable Communities in the Twin Cities: How Community Groups Are Working with Government to Transform Transitway Development

03/14/2013

This document outlines key learning points from the Community Engagement Team of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative. This HUD-funded initiative brought regional partners together from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to use transitway development as an economic catalyst for the region. The Alliance, the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing and Nexus Community Partners ran the Community Engagement Team.

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Corporate Subsidies: How Economic Development Policies Contribute to Racial Disparities

Corporate Subsidies: How Economic Development Policies Contribute to Racial Disparities

08/15/2012

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability released a series of Race and Regionalism papers that explored a history of public policymaking that favored, either intentionally or as a byproduct of poor decision-making, the needs of white people over those of people of color and indigenous people in the Twin Cities region. This paper shows how corporate subsidies and economic policies, justified in the name of spurring job creation, have contributed to racial disparities. It also discusses how designing our economic policies with race in mind can provide a double bottom line by simultaneously catalyzing job growth and closing the employment gap.

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Twin Cities 2050: Advancing an Equity Agenda for the Twin Cities Region

Twin Cities 2050: Advancing an Equity Agenda for the Twin Cities region

08/09/2012

Check out this recap of the Twin Cities 2050 roundtable, where community, government and business leaders from the Twin Cities region came together to discuss the largely untapped potential living within our region’s communities of color and how it can be better utilized to fuel our region’s economic growth.

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How a Stadium Equity Plan Was Created

How A Stadium Equity Plan Was Created: The Inside Story

05/31/2012

As the debate over public funding for the Minnesota Vikings stadium unfolded in 2012, HIRE Minnesota noticed that there was a lot of talk about job creation, but no talk about who would get those jobs. We set out to change that. This document explains how HIRE Minnesota secured the nation’s first over stadium equity plan to secure jobs for people of color.

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Harrison Neighborhood: How a Community Becomes Marginalized

The Harrison Neighborhood: How a Community Becomes Marginalized

04/30/2012

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability released a series of Race and Regionalism papers that explored a history of public policymaking that favored, either intentionally or as a byproduct of poor decision-making, the needs of white people over those of people of color and indigenous people. This paper shows how a series of policy decisions created systemic barriers to opportunity for people of color in the Harrison neighborhood of North Minneapolis.

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The G.I. Bill: America's Largest Affirmative Action Program

The G.I. Bill: America’s Largest Affirmative Action Program

03/07/2012

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability shared a series of stories that explored a history of public policymaking that favored, either intentionally or as a byproduct of poor decision making, the needs of white people over those of people of color and indigenous people. This first paper looks at the long-term effects of the post-WWII G.I. Bill and demonstrates how even race-neutral policies, when poorly planned or implemented, can have drastic and persistent negative effects on people of color.

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Organizing for Equity Along the Central Corridor

Stops for Us: Organizing for Equity Along the Central Corridor

12/12/2011

The Alliance was a member of the Stops for Us coaltion, which won a major victory to secure three missing stations on the Central Corridor LRT line (now called the Green Line). This story details the organizing win and the lessons learned from coalition members.

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Twin Cities Transitway Decision-Making Overview

Twin Cities Regional Transitway Decision-Making Overview

10/11/2011

Who has authority over transitway planning in the Twin Cities? This flow chart depicts the complex and often interrelated authorities who play a role in transitway planning in our region.

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Community Engagement Opportunities for Transitway Development

Community Engagement Opportunities for Transitway Development

10/11/2011

How does a new transitway get planned? The complex steps of planning, design and public input can be overwhelming. This simple chart shows the major planning steps each new transitway must go through, and which government agencies have authority over those processes.

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Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Grant Community Engagement Team Presentation

Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Grant Community Engagement Team Presentation

11/30/2010

The Twin Cities region was recently awarded a grant from the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program.

The Alliance, Nexus Community Partners and the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing were selected to lead a Community Engagement Team to to ensure communities along emerging transitways have a voice and a strong role in planning for the future of their neighborhoods.

This presentation provides background on the initiative and early planning for the grant’s community engagement efforts.

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Transportation Stimulus in Minnesota: Increasing Equity or Exacerbating Disparities?

Transportation Stimulus in Minnesota: Increasing Equity or Exacerbating Disparities?

01/20/2010

When it passed in February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was a beacon of hope for many low-income communities and communities of color. An important guiding principle for ARRA states that funds should be used to assist those most impacted by the recession. Communities of color, which have historically borne the greatest unemployment burden, saw the stimulus bill as an opportunity to challenge the status quo in how public investments are allocated to communities around our nation. In this paper, we examine how stimulus funds were spent on transportation infrastructure investments in Minnesota. Did people of color receive their fair share of transportation stimulus funding? Or did our state fall short in meeting the recovery act’s goal to benefit the people most impacted by the recession?

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Evaluating Our Transportation Future

Evaluating Our Transportation Future: How Federal Spending Influences Local Transportation Planning and What Communities Can Do About It

01/20/2010

Right now is a critical moment for local communities to understand how federal transit project evaluation criteria affect decisions that will happen right in our own backyards. With so many communities in Minnesota affected by these decisions, it is important for people to understand our existing system and speak up for changes that will provide more equitable transportation spending in years to come.

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Alliance Anniversary - 15 Years of Working Together

15 years Organizing Together for Justice

11/19/2009

The Alliance celebrated our 15th anniversary in 2009. Read about our accomplishments in our first 15 years and check out the winning photographs in our in/stability photo competition.

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Benefits of Public Transportation

The Benefits of Public Transportation

09/02/2009

Transportation is the lifeblood of a nation’s economy, moving and connecting people, goods and services. For many Americans, talk of our transportation system may bring to mind our expansive highway system, undoubtedly the largest in the world. But increasingly, studies are showing that Americans want alternatives to driving to their destinations.Public transportation can answer that call, and can play a significant role in solving a number of other challenges facing our nation today.

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Benefits of Public Transportation

Transportation Stimulus in Minnesota

06/29/2009

Did Minnesota use the federal stimulus to create jobs, catch up on needed repair, and expand transportation choices for everyone? This report produced by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, Transit for Livable Communities and 1,000 Friends of Minnesota analyzes transportation stimulus spending in Minnesota.

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Recommendations for the Wireless Minneapolis Community Benefits Agreement

Recommendations for the Wireless Minneapolis Community Benefits Agreement

03/06/2006

The Digital Inclusion Coalition was hosted by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability and comprised of organizations and individuals concerned about creating opportunities for low-income people and people of color to gain access to and training on computers and the Internet. The group came together as the city of Minneapolis issued an RFP for a private company to run its citywide Wi-Fi network. The coalition released Recommendations for the Wireless Minneapolis Community Benefits Agreement, which advocated for the city to demand benefits for taxpayers in the vendor contract. Providing solutions to the digital divide, the report shows how to ensure that all are represented when a city offers universal wireless internet service. Many of these recommendations were adopted in the final contract between the city and US Internet, providing more than $11 million for digital inclusion efforts in Minneapolis and many other benefits.

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Community Benefits Agreements: Growing a Movement in Minnesota

Community Benefits Agreements: Growing a Moment in Minnesota

01/28/2008

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability released this report on community benefits agreements to further develop local understanding of the CBA’s potential to yield significant, community-desired results from large-scale redevelopments and other projects. More and more organizations and coalitions are turning to the CBA model to produce meaningful—and, perhaps more importantly, enforceable—outcomes for low-income people and communities of color.

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