Build a bridge
with collaborative power

Let's make some noise

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.

Upcoming Activities

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
270 North Kent Street, Saint Paul 55102

A Summer of Discovery—Intro to the Team & Technical Studies

Join us for a community dinner and dialogue on August 25th. In addition to a delicious meal, you’ll have the chance to meet the team of experts selected to support the prioritized aspirations for Rondo. You’ll also get to be part of a movement that will reignite Rondo with an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge.

The path forward is critical. We’re entering the predevelopment phase that includes a number of studies planned for the next 12-36 months. Although we have had a few weeks of awareness-building among elders, descendants of Rondo families and current residents, August 25th is the perfect timing for you to share your aspirations for our beloved community.

Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Golden Thyme Coffee & Café
934 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul 55104

Coffee with Keith Baker

Join Executive Director, Keith Baker for conversation and coffee. Share your thoughts and learn about the African American Cultural Enterprise District connected by a community land bridge. Registration required for each event. Limited in person slots available.

Monday, October 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Online event. Join via Zoom

Lunch & Learn—What’s up with I-94?

Join Executive Director, Keith Baker, and Alex Burns of Our Streets Minneapolis for a discussion hosted by the Metro State University College of Management, Re-thinking I-94 between Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Join us, along with moderator Dr. Samuel Grant, for this online event.

Wednesday, September 14 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Past ReConnect Rondo Activities
  • Through September 20: 35 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)
  • Mondays, July 18- October 24: Coffee with Keith Baker (ongoing)
  • 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.​