Claims arguing against the Northside Greenway project, detailed in the September 2016 issue of the Camden News article “Pros and cons to the Northside Greenway,” deserve critical assessment. I envision a North Minneapolis that is healthier, safer, more economically thriving, and more socially cohesive as a result of the Northside Greenway project.
The project was spawned out of the idea of connecting our neighborhoods, schools, and, parks. It’s similar to what can be found today on the Grand Rounds National Scenic Bikeway, which is a linked series of park areas in Minneapolis that takes a roughly circular path through the city. Access to economic opportunity, connectivity throughout our city and region, and investments in quality of life amenities are vitally important.
North Minneapolis has been sitting static and stagnant for far too long. The lack of investment has been devastating. The Northside, just like the rest of the city, deserves equitable investments in their community. We must ensure this project partners with organizations that assist renters with navigating home-ownership, promotes economic opportunities for people currently living in the neighborhood, especially people of color, and produces a more socially cohesive North Minneapolis. This project has the potential to do this and so much more if we work together to build something that works with the community to strengthen it.
Alexis Pennie is a resident of North Minneapolis.
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