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Fatal A-Track-tion? Power, Possibilities and the Central Corridor Light Rail

andrew.gramm's picture

Construction on the largest public works project in state history is already underway, but what future will it bring? Beyond connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St Paul, what will the Central Corridor Light Rail project bring to the communities it runs through? Greeted both with trepidation and excitement, this project is seen as an opportunity for transit equity and accessibility. It also is seen as an open door for gentrification to undermine the hard work of the diverse communities that have revived small business on University Ave.

This class will bring policy experts and local activists to share their perspectives on where this project comes from and where it's going. Through informal discussion, short readings, and guest speakers, we will talk about what steps are being taken to prevent displacement and instead support and connect those living along the corridor. This class will be a chance for neighbors who are directly effected by in the project to connect with the processes and struggles that are jostling to reshape the cities.

Topics will include:
The Hiawatha Line and regional transit planning
University Avenue's people and history
The Rondo Neighborhood and Interstate 94
Construction impacts on local business
Redevelopment, placemaking and gentrification

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Knox Presbyterian Church basement
1536 Minnehaha Ave W
St Paul, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
The facilitator is pretty good at puns.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612/321.8563
Class minimum size: 
6
Time/Location
Class times: 
Tue, 07/05/2011 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 07/12/2011 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 07/19/2011 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 07/26/2011 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 08/02/2011 - 18:00 - 19:30
Additional class time information: 
At the first meeting we'll have a brief introduction, get to know each other and the project, then set more firmly what time works best for folks. If you're not able to come to the first meeting, email me what time would be better. We'd love to have you!
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Knox Presbyterian Church basement
1536 Minnehaha Ave W
St Paul, MN
United States
44° 57' 44.9928" N, 93° 9' 56.4516" W
Additional class location information: 
Parking on street and in lot behind church. Wheelchair entrance on Asbury side.
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