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History Theatre play ‘Highwaymen’ shows how a St. Paul neighborhood paid the price of progress

History Theatre play ‘Highwaymen’ shows how a St. Paul neighborhood paid the price of progress

There’s a fraught, intimate scene in “The Highwaymen,” Josh Wilder’s new drama about the building of Interstate 94 through St. Paul’s thriving Rondo neighborhood, that captures the human tension suffusing the work. A white retired city planner, George Herrold (played with understatement by Peter Thomson), who is

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Knight Foundation gives $640,000 to St. Paul projects

Knight Foundation gives $640,000 to St. Paul projects

Projects to encourage economic growth in St. Paul neighborhoods, beautify a vacant lot in the downtown core and even explore bridging a freeway to heal a bisected community were awarded funding by the Knight Foundation in St. Paul on Monday. The nine projects received more than $640,000

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Panel: Land bridges would offer rare chance to reinvest in places torn apart by development in Twin Cities

Panel: Land bridges would offer rare chance to reinvest in places torn apart by development in Twin Cities

It’s feasible to cap freeways in the Twin Cities in order to reclaim land given over to cars six decades ago, though it matters where the cap is placed. Economics, however, should not be the only factor in deciding whether the projects are worth doing. Those are

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Reconciling with Rondo: could an I-94 ‘land bridge’ help heal a 50-year-old civic scar?

On Friday afternoon, dignitaries, neighbors and activists will break ground at the corner of Fisk Street and Concordia Avenue in St. Paul for what will become the Rondo Commemorative Plaza, a small public space that will overlook the very thing that requires Rondo to be commemorated rather

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Land bridge could transform a section of I-94 in St. Paul

Land bridge could transform a section of I-94 in St. Paul

Marvin Scroggins grew quiet as he stared at the interstate that replaced his childhood friends’ homes 50 years ago, forcing them to leave the tight-knit Rondo community. He contemplated what it would mean to cover the cement gash of I-94 with a land bridge that could hold

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Rondo Land Bridge: What we’ve done and where we are going

Rondo Land Bridge:  What we’ve done and where we are going

Click Image Below to Download the Report  Presented to Saint Paul Planning Commission by Marvin Anderson, Lars Christiansen, and Melvin Giles. September 30, 2016

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Rondo Land Bridge

Rondo Land Bridge

In 2015, Friendly Streets Initiative was working in partnership with Rondo Avenue Inc. to form a new organization, ReConnectRondo, whose purpose is to help answer the question “If the goal is to re-empower the Rondo community, can a land bridge help to do that?”

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