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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.

For the latest updates, view our CONNECTIONS Newsletter.

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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Marvin Anderson: Rondo and the many stories of ‘One Minnesota’

I was delighted to hear Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz mention the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul during his inaugural address in January. While elaborating on his vision for One Minnesota, he mentioned the importance of establishing good relationships between state government and local leaders to help their communities thrive. He

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Marvin Anderson, chairman of ReConnectRondo, at left, introduces ULI’s Advisory Services panel as they present their findings in St. Paul

Reconnecting a Bisected Neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota

by Beth Mattson-Teig, ULI. Originally published March 29, 2018. ULI Advisory Services has presented their recommendations on a proposed Rondo Community Land Bridge in St. Paul—a project that is intended to build both a physical and symbolic bridge for the Rondo neighborhood. The proposed land bridge would cap Interstate 94 for

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Rondo Land Bridge Concept Gains National Backing

Report originally broadcast on KSTP Channel 5 A community push to reconnect an historic African-American St. Paul neighborhood is getting national support. This week, the Urban Land Institute joined the nonprofit ReConnect Rondo to discuss plans for a land bridge. ReConnect Rondo is leading the charge to cap Interstate 94 between

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Land bridge proposed over I-94 to reconnect Rondo neighborhood

Report originally broadcast on KSTP Channel 5 ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – The construction of I-94 more than 50 years ago cut straight through the Rondo community in St. Paul. This weekend, an effort to reconnect the neighborhood takes another step. Neighborhood leaders want to build a land bridge or “freeway

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The Birth of a Metro Highway (Interstate 94)

by Matt Reicher, streets.mn. Originally published September 10, 2013. The idea to connect the Twin Cities was first approached by city officials in the 1920s, but took hold in 1944 due in part to a proposal by the National Inter-Regional Highways Committee – a creation of then president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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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