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South West Light Rail advocates see gains for communities of color

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

As Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council prepare to hear the public’s thoughts on the proposed South West Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), the effort to secure it has created some strange bedfellows. The Met Council has been cheerleading its passing, along with community advocacy groups who see the new rail line as an opportunity for more shared equity. Even the Star Tribune in a recent editorial called out Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for failing to take leadership, as well as those who have been beating the equity drum. And some of the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) opposition to the SWLRT claim that the proposed light rail system will not be equitable but rather “trickle down transit.”

The SWLRT is a $1.68 billion (feds will pay half) proposed light rail project that will stretch 16 miles and run through Minneapolis, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →

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McGee avoids foreclosure

 

After a year-long journey fighting her wrongful foreclosure, Rose McGee has won a settlement with CitiMortgage and Fannie Mae. “We are working on final details for a settlement resolution, and I will be staying in my home,” said McGee. Seventy community members gathered to support McGee in a prayer vigil circling the Hennepin County Government Center water fountain Tuesday afternoon before she went into settlement court, where she finally reached a deal with her mortgage holders. McGee, a community leader known for her storytelling and sweet potato pie business, fell into foreclosure after losing her job at a nonprofit. Immediately after, she contacted CitiMortgage to let them know. Continue Reading →

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