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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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Mpls Park Board elections now include candidates of color

Candidates say equitable resources require equal representation

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


In a previous MSR story, “No candidates of color for Mpls Park Board elections,” (June 27, 2013), we reported that though this year the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has seats open for election, there were no people of color vying for the positions. In response to that story, we have been contacted by two people who have since decided to throw their hats in the ring. Said Maye wants the Minneapolis parks in his neighborhood to be more equitable for its residents. Ishmael Israel wants to see more diversity in decision-making that ultimately affects neighborhoods and residents. Both men have filed and are running for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board commissioners seats in this fall’s municipal election. Continue Reading →

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