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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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HIstorical photo of highway 94 under construction and tearing up the Rondo neighborhood, circa 1960s

Will MnDOT be responsive to communities’ I-94 non-expansion demands?

By Bill Lindeke, MinnPost. Originally published February 2, 2021. For years, advocates and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) have been engaged in a subtle game of three-dimensional advocacy chess. It centers on the central portion of Interstate 94, the state’s most used freeway, which carries around 150,000 cars a day

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A boy looks at a display of public art on a brick wall at an outdoor festival in the Rondo neighborhood.

Lawmakers hear plan to reconnect historic Black neighborhood

By Mohamed Ibrahim, Associated Press. Originally published February 2, 2021. MINNEAPOLIS — 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

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Rondo Land Bridge makes $6 million pitch to Legislature for pre-design

by Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press. Originally published February 2, 2021. A lifetime ago, construction of Interstate 94 carved a deep trench through a historically middle-class Black neighborhood in St. Paul, destroying properties by the hundreds. More than 600 Black families were forced to relocate, and many never saw just compensation for

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Minn. House committee hears proposal for Rondo land bridge

Architectural renderings courtesy Design by Melo and Visuals by James. interview by Cathy Wurzer, MPR. Originally broadcast February 2, 2021 A proposal to reconnect St. Paul’s fractured Rondo neighborhood gets a hearing Tuesday before the state House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee. The Rondo land bridge would span I-94 between

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Reconnection, Revitalization, and Restitution for I-94 Communities

by Emilie Wille, streets.mn. Originally published December 10, 2020. Saint Paul’s historic Rondo neighborhood is a thriving, diverse community and home to many immigrant families and Black-owned businesses. It’s situated between University Avenue and the METRO Green Line to the north and Selby Avenue to the south. Black churches, businesses,

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Three U.S. “Highway Cap” Projects Reckoning with Urban Inequity

By Adina Solomon, ULI. Originally published October 7, 2020. Beginning in the 1950s, the Interstate Highway System began to span the continent, connecting cities across the United States and driving suburban development. But in many cities, these highway projects also physically divided communities and paved over neighborhoods. New infrastructure projects

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The Minnesota Paradox

by Professor Samuel L, Myers Jr, University of Minnesota. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed by a Minneapolis police officer during an arrest. The officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street. Two other officers further

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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