Build a bridge for collective collaboration

We’ve made great strides engaging residents, businesses and experts with the promise of an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge. Let’s keep up the momentum. Let’s make some noise so we can build a bridge to better.

Join us at these upcoming events to connect, celebrate and learn how we can build a bridge to better, together.

July 2024

Central Village Park 50th Anniversary

Saturday, July 13th || 1PM – 3PM

Location: Central Village Park
457 Central Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

Rondo Days

Saturday, July 20 || 12PM – 7PM

Location: Martin Luther King Recreation Center
271 Mackubin St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

V-Fest

Saturday, July 27 || 12PM – 5PM

Location: Dunning Recreation Center
1221 Marshall Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

August 2024

Rondo Block Party

Sunday, August 3 || 12PM – 6PM

Location: Rondo Commemorative Plaza

820 Concordia Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Little Africa Fest

Sunday, August 4 || 12PM – 9PM

Location: Hamline Park on Snelling
1564 Lafond Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Central Honors Philando Castile

Sunday, August 18th || 1PM-5PM

Location: Dunning Lot
1221 Marshall Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

september 2024

2024 Reconnecting Communities Summit

Sep 11-13, 2024 || 9:00 AM

Hosted again in Saint Paul, MN, join us for the 2nd annual Reconnecting Communities Summit!

The Reconnecting Communities Summit calls for a national restorative movement to advance policy and investment in revitalizing communities decimated by transportation policy.

ReConnect Rondo will host the 2nd Annual Reconnecting Communities Summit where community members, practitioners, and policy leaders from across the country will gather, share, learn, and create a community of practice to overcome the negative effects of the Federal Highway Act of 1956.

Pre-registration and check-in will be held on September 10th at 4 pm. Register below! 

Selby Jazz Fest

Saturday, September 14th || 11AM – 9PM

Location: Selby and Milton Avenue
934 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Past ReConnect Rondo Activities
  • June 20: Kumbayah: A Juneteenth Story (vendor)
  • June 19: Juneteenth Celebration with Rondo Center of Diverse Expression and Walker|West Music Academy
  • April 30: Rondo Ave Renaming Ceremony
  • March 27: Dinner Tables Series: Restorative Development
  • February 22: Rethinking I-94 hearing: RCR project update
  • February 1: Rondo Night
  • December 14: Neighborhood Restorative Development Area Planning Session
  • November 11: Elder’s Brunch
  • October 11-14: Reconnecting Communities Summit
  • September 9: Selby Jazz Fest
  • August 21: Community Neighborhood Planning Session
  • August 10: Jazz in Action
  • July 24: Coffee & Conversation with Keith (topic: Anti-Displacement & Community Investment)
  • July 22: V-Fest
  • July 22: ReConnect Rondo Elders Brunch
  • July 20: Slow Roll – Underground Railroad Tour
  • July 15: Taste of Rondo Block Party
  • July 13: Jazz in Action
  • July 8: Elders Brunch (45 participants)
  • June 22: Slow Roll & Family Dinner (over 75 participants)
  • June 19: Rondo Juneteenth Block Party (over 100 participants)
  • January 12: An evening to celebrate, honor, and reimagine at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Through October 24: 120 Coffee with Keith conversations at Golden Thyme Coffee.
  • September 14: 65 Zoom attendees for Metro State Lunch & Learn event
  • September 10: approximately 400 visitors & conversations at Selby Ave Jazz Fest
  • August 25: Intro to Team & Technical Studies Presentation & Dinner (over 125 participants)
  • August 21: Central Honors Philando (over 60 conversations)
  • August 7: Little Africa Festival (over 200 conversations)
  • July 30: V-Fest (over 100 conversations)
  • Saturdays, July 16 – August 13: Elders Brunch (over 150 participants)
  • Thursdays, July 14 – August 11: Slow Roll & Family Dinner (over 150 participants)
  • June 19: Rondo Juneteenth Block Party (over 75 participants)
  • October 14-25: Rondo Community Library Sessions (over 50 participants)
  • September 11: Selby Jazz Fest (over 400 conversations)
  • July 7: Virtual Town Hall Meeting (over 80 participants)
  • June 10-29: 4P Funding Model exploration (58 experts from various fields and community members)
  • June 2-3: Community Benefits Workshops (40 participants)
  • May 24-27: Listen & Learn Zoom Meetings (120 participants)
  • April: Mass Mailing (9,000 postcards to all Rondo households and businesses in Summit University/Frogtown area)
  • February 2: Legislative Action (testified to the Minnesota House Transportation Policy Committee)

Together, we will create an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge.​

ReConnect Rondo Technical Advisory Team:

  • David Juliff, Be Civil, Inc.
  • Khani Sahebjam, SRF Consulting Group
  • John Maczko, SRF Consulting Group
  • Kent Arhenholtz, Kaskaskia Engineering Group
  • Brenda Thomas, KLJ, Inc
  • Marcus Thomas, Bolton & Menk
  • Scott McBride, Bolton & Menk
  • Marcell Walker, Bolton & Menk
  • Veronica Burt, 600 Strategies, Inc.
  • Björgvin Sævarsson, YORTH Group
  • Katie Eggers, YORTH Group
  • Jim Erkel, Retired Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)
  • Brian Isaacson, Ramsey County
  • Diem Van Groth, Strategic Consultant