But are low-income people and people of color connecting with planners?
By Charles Hallman
The Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) throughout the month of December have held town hall meetings around the Twin Cities metro area. “We know that jobs, businesses and our quality of life are going to depend upon this interconnected [transit] system,” proclaimed MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle at the December 10 meeting at St. Paul Union Depot. “It’s not just LRT (light rail transit) or fast lane or a county road. Continue Reading →
By Wanda Kirkpatrick
Sixteen years ago, when Gwen Miller told family and friends she was going to be a construction worker, the reaction was, “Are you kidding me?”
Miller wasn’t kidding. Her children’s misgivings quickly turned around when food appeared on the Thanksgiving table and presents showed up under the Christmas tree. Over the years, Miller has bought a home in New Hope and built a solid life for herself and her family. Today she still takes pride in her old construction sites. “I just glow when I drive by,” she said, ticking off a long list of her projects, including the giant scoreboards at Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium. Continue Reading →