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Sunday, April 11, 2010

New rail stirs bad memories for black neighborhood

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Anonymous Pioneer Press said...

By Patrick Condon
Associated Press
Updated: 04/10/2010 01:42:15 PM CDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new light-rail train line in St. Paul is kicking up bad memories of when the interstate was built in the middle of the black neighborhood, essentially shattering the community.

The $1 billion transit line is being built in what was left over of the same neighborhood. Supporters of the line say it'll bring economic benefits to an area that desperately needs it.

But some neighbors and merchants see a huge downside — a lengthy construction that hurts nearby businesses, and a rise in property values that could force people from their homes.

Some of those critics have filed a federal lawsuit seeking an emergency fund to help businesses, and tax incentives and housing policies that protect current residents.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Many citizens of Saint Paul have the opinion the goal of city leadership is to rid the city of as many blacks and affordable housing as they can.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those 'many citizens' are your landlord friends. Its just not happening. Go on a 'truth seeking mission' and look at the numbers, unless you're afraid it may challenge your conspiracy.

The citizens in that neighborhood did not feel this was an issue three years ago. One of the reasons I took Montgomery's endorsement campaign on as a client three and a half years ago is because she lived through Rondo and was the only council member voicing concerns over the possible Rondo-"izing" of the neighborhood. She formed study groups, went to other cities (like Portland) to speak and observe with city leaders on how to do it right. However, taking leadership on these issues was not enough for her to pull off an endorsement. Life goes on.

People will be well compensated for their University Avenue businesses and there will be a 'grandfather' type clause for property owners. Some will probably be offered opportunity to purchase land along the Peirce Butler thoroughfare which will be the new West to East drive strip.


5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, it not exactly a black neighborhood anymore than the North End or East Side.


6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peirce Butler thoroughfare which will be the new West to East drive strip.


How will this be good for University Ave businesses.

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric - You don't get it. It isn't about being a business owner, or about being a landlord. It is about the PEOPLE and how they are having the 'government sponsored' light rail shoved down their throats and through their hearts. The COMMUNITY is being slashed through and that hurts. You need to get your head out of your campaigns and LOOK at what goes on in your lovely city.

8:24 AM  

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