A late-night “car lot” at the corner of Rice and University, in the southern shadow of the State Capitol building in St. Paul, is where vintage cars and other vehicles are regularly displayed by their owners. The lot was full of car owners on a recent sweltering Friday night, including a small group of middle-aged Black men who regularly meet there on summer weekend nights.
“I’ve been meeting with the guys for six or seven years,” explained Marcel Thompson. “There are between eight and 15 of us. We usually just hang out and enjoy. We are not a car club.”
As he and others gave the MSR a brief tour of their respective cars, Thompson proudly pointed out “the individuality of our cars… I look at my car…my boy Reggie’s car — when they made these cars, they knew they were making something to last. We got some engines and there’s some weight on them. You can go through a brick wall with these cars.”
Last week, at the national convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) here, Chavis was participating on panel about reforming the criminal justice system with, among others, Mark V. Holden, the senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, Inc.
Recognizing that a college degree is one of the surest paths to a job and economic security, Black families are taking on more student loan debt than White and Hispanic families, according to a new report by Wells Fargo.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) officials still hope to have the North Commons Water Park open before the summer is over. It has been closed for maintenance and repairs until further notice.
A new “cutting edge” pool is expected to open in North Minneapolis later this month. The Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool (NSP), pending inspection approval, will open July 24, said Minneapolis Park Board officials.
According to a park board fact sheet, there are approximately 20,000 NSPs, mostly located in Europe. They are “living systems… They function more like a stream, lake or wetland.” Most NSPs in North America however are private.