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Find out what ReConnect Rondo has been up to lately. See what progress has been made in our collective efforts to reverse racial disparities in Minnesota. Think about how you can support this restorative movement in the Rondo community.

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A rendering of a possible development for an African American development district in Rondo, showing wide open streets, trees, and businesses.

In Biden infrastructure plan, advocates see opportunity to revive St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood with I-94 land bridge

by Ashley Hackett, MinnPost. Originally posted May 5, 2021 The Reconnecting Communities Act would establish grants to address the “legacy of highway construction built through communities… that divided neighborhoods and erected barriers to mobility and opportunity.” After President Joe Biden introduced his infrastructure plan, which would invest about $2 trillion to rebuild

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MN lawmakers hear plan to reconnect historic Black neighborhood

by The Associated Press. Originally posted February 3, 2021 Minnesota lawmakers on Tuesday heard a proposal that would construct a “land bridge” to reconnect a historically Black St. Paul neighborhood that was devastated in the 1960s to make way for Interstate 94, a project that advocates call an injustice with

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Biden infrastructure proposal has Rondo Land Bridge supporters optimistic

By Maury Glover, FOX 9. Originally published March 31, 2021. ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan has encouraging news for supporters of the Rondo Land Bridge project in St. Paul. Initially thought of as a moonshot, the federal infrastructure proposal’s targeting of historic racial inequities is bringing the

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Racism, not a highway, tore apart St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood

By Myron Medcalf, Star Tribune. Originally published February 20, 2021. In the 1950s, Debbie Montgomery, a former St. Paul City Council member and the first woman hired by the St. Paul Police Department, watched her parents thrive in the city’s Rondo neighborhood. The flourishing Black family owned a multilevel home

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An illustration depicting the bones of a land bridge. The big idea is that I-94 will be covered by a bridge or cap and reconnect Rondo.

The resurrection of Rondo

By Robin Doyscher, The Hamline University Oracle. Originally published March 17, 2021. Decades after Interstate 94 ran itself through the Rondo neighborhood, a land bridge could be built to reconnect the neighborhood. The Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul was demolished around 60 years ago with the construction of Interstate 94,

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Can a Land Bridge Restore What a Black Community Lost?

By Kea Wilson, Streets Blog USA. Originally published February 19, 2021. At the height of the urban renewal era, state and local governments across the country strategically routed highway projects through the heart of Black neighborhoods — displacing residents, destroying businesses, and shattering communities. Now, advocates from St. Paul, Minn.,

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Campaigns for Reparations Are Gaining Steam Across the Country

By David Lamb, The Progessive. Originally published March 3, 2021. As H.R. 40 gathers dust in the U.S. Congress, St. Paul, Minnesota, becomes the latest city to join the national grassroots movement to make reparations to Black communities. Marvin Roger Anderson, now eighty-one years old, grew up in a development

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How to connect and heal St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood

By EDITORIAL BOARD, Star Tribune. Originally published February 16, 2021. As part of America’s development of its highway system, Interstate 94 was routed through the Black community of Rondo in St. Paul in the 1960s, taking out hundreds of homes and businesses. The massive construction project physically split the neighborhood

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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