Community Partners in the Central Corridor, by Carol Swenson. From the Minnesota Campus Compact convened, "How Can Colleges Support Central Corridor Neighborhoods?" - December 7, 2011, at Bethel University.
Rich Civic Infrastructure:Deep connections into the community and with each other Civic/ Place-Based Labor Faith-Based Business Local Issues- Chambers & Based Associations Advocacy Issues-Based Community Regional Development Advocacy Corporations
Transportation Equity / Stops for Us! Coalition MembersCommunity-based Organizations Local Business Organizations• District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul • Asian Economic Development Association and Minneapolis (14 St. Paul & Minneapolis • University Avenue Business Association neighborhood organizations) Regional Advocacy Organizations• University UNITED • Alliance for Metropolitan StabilityLocal Advocacy • Housing Preservation Project• Community Stabilization Project • Hmong Organizing Program, Take Action• Got Voice, Got Power Minnesota• JUST Equity • Minnesota Center for Environmental• Preserve and Benefit Historic Rondo Advocacy• Saint Paul NAACP • Transit For Livable Communities• Saint Paul Urban League Faith-based OrganizationsCommunity Development Corps • ISAIAH• Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood • Jewish Community Action Development Corporation • MICAH• Model Cities, Inc. Labor • UFCW Local 789 November 2007 Community Meeting 5
Central CorridorCommunity Summits — 2009 Taking Ownership of our FutureTo be successful, the light railline must not only improvemobility, but must also serveas a catalyst to strengthenand enhance existing andfuture neighborhoods,workforces and businessesalong the line.
Community Summit Principles1. Engage in Central Corridor processes and projects as Community Stakeholders and Partners2. Maintain and enhance neighborhood livability, diversity, and cohesion3. Ensure equitable development and redevelopment and provide a range of affordable housing options4. Provide transportation equity5. Expand the number of persons of color, including women and persons with disabilities in the workforce and the number of DBE contractors6. Sustain and grow small, local businesses7. Place sustainability at the core of equitable development
Stops for Us! Organizing for Equity Along the Central Corridor
What is at stake? Shared Community Value: Everyone must benefit equitably• Access to jobs — Twin Cities racial disparities in employment among highest in the U.S.• Economic Development Opportunity — Eastern University has greatest need for economic incentives.• Equity for those who are transit dependent — Route 16 ridership among highest in system: serves low-income residents, households without cars, elderly, middle and high school students, yet project proposes to cut midday frequency by 66% when use is high — now every 10 minutes propose every 30 minutes.• Long-Term Affordable Housing /Neighborhood Preservation and Livability— “naturally affordable”, safe, green space, education, and amenities. Plans called for area within ¼ mile of stations to receive the greatest attention, economic investment and public realm improvements leaving a half mile between stations vulnerable to disinvestment.
I-94 Construction Splits Rondo In the 1960s, the construction of Interstate 94 destroyed Rondo Avenue and devastated the historic Rondo neighborhood. 70 businesses were lost and 400 families were displaced.Credjafawn Co-op Store678 Rondo Ave.
Thomas-Dale Summit- St. Paul (Frogtown) University% Minority Households 73% 56% 36%
Thomas-Dale Summit- St. Paul (Frogtown) University Poverty Rate 35.5% 32.5% 16.7%No-Vehicle households 31.5% 27.7% 18.2%
Early Environmental AnalysesThe University Avenue LRT Alternativewould not cause disproportionately high oradverse effects on minority and/or low-income populations with regard to socialfactors.Alternative Analysis/Draft EnvironmentalImpact Statement. 2006“…concerns have been considered and the analysis determinedthat minority or low-income populations within the study areaare not subject to any disproportionate impacts associated withthe development of the Central Corridor LRT; furthermore, thebenefits of the project are fairly distributed.” Supplemental DraftEnvironmental Impact Statement. 2008
University AvenueCommunity Coalition — OutreachIn early 2007, advocacyorganizations formcoalitionStops for Us campaignmake sure communitieshad access to theproposed light rail line UACC members at Rondo Days 2007
Campaign Kick-off Nov. 29,2007• Corridor-wide Meeting• Invited elected officials• DCC Presented Research• Community Discussion• Community Report• Present at Met Council
Developed Strategic Alliances• Local Elected Officials – Local – State – Federal• Community Leaders & Foundations• Staff: Project, County, and City• Federal Staff — FTA & EPA
Participated in the ProcessNew Starts Project Review• Track Key Decision Points• Attend Partner Management/Policy MeetingsNational EnvironmentalReview Process (NEPA)• Public Hearings• Comment Periods• Community Advisory St. Paul Land Use Planning Committee • Central Corridor Development FrameworkdLocal Municipal Consent• Public Hearings
Organized & Carried Out Actions• Turn-out for official meetings• Turn-out at community events• Special community meetings• Marches• State Legislative Hearing• Op-ed Articles• Letters to the Editor• Local Television, Radio, and online media• On-going outreach to allies
Flexibility & Room for Difference• Flexibility within Stops coalition• 2 Title VI Administrative Complaints – Preserve and Benefit Historic Rondo – Concerned Asian Business Owners• 1 Federal lawsuit against FTA and Metropolitan Council for failure to disclose and mitigate adverse impacts on the African American Rondo community – Preserve and Benefit Historic Rondo
Persistence & Focus• 2006 – Draft EIS release & public hearings — community members, City of St. Paul, Ramsey County Commissioners call for addition of 3 missing stations• 2007 – 3 Stations in SDEIS scope – DCC research report & community meeting• 2008 – Supplemental DEIS: release & public hearings – Met Council responds to community research; Add Station “stubs” to project scope – Local agreement in principal to build 1 station• 2009 – Title VI Transit Service Study finds census blocks with reduced service – Title VI Administrative Complaint, Rondo Committee – Final EIS: if no station at Western, service plan study and implementation required – Record of Decision supports FEIS recommendations – St. Paul commits to funding 1 stations – Title VI Administrative Compliant filed by Asian Business Leaders – FTA blocks strategy to include stations as additive alternates to construction contract – Rail~Volution: community members secure meetings with Admin. Rogoff in Nov. – Environmental Assessment of 3 stations initiated and completed• 2010 – January 13 FTA announces change in CEI policy – January 25 FTA and political leaders announce 3 stations will be built as part of the project
The Game Changer• 2009 Rail~Volution Conference in Boston, members of our coalition talked with Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administrator.• From our invitation, he came to our neighborhood and at our meeting we were able to elevate our issue and provide him with the human impacts resulting from the lack of these 3 stations.
Historic Press Conference — Jan 25, 2010 From left to right: Congressman Ellison, Mayor Rybak, Commissioner Carter, Senator Klobuchar, Sec. LaHood, Commissioner McDonough, City Councilmember Carter, Mayor Coleman"Youve made a difference and we will use you as an example across the country...that if you hang together, have great projects that are for the people, and work with your delegation, you can make things happen." Secretary Ray LaHood
The Central Corridor project as it is now Three Stations
Cornerstones of the Campaign • Organizing & Action • Research • Participation in the Process • Strategic Alliances • Persistence over Time
Taking Ownership of our FutureThis is our once in a lifetimeopportunity to design a transportationsystem that will shape the growth ofour region and our country for thenext 100 years.• Frogtown Square / Kings Crossing• Western Station / Little Mekong• Victoria Station / Faces of Rondo• Hamline Station – Gordon Parks High School & Three Ring Garden – Skyline Tower, Somali Community - Pedestrian Connections & Places out of Parking Lots
Saint Paul Development Strategy:Defining Areas of Change and Stability Dale Street Station
Frogtown Square & Kings CrossingMixed-Use Development / Affordable Housing Sunday’s Best Episcopal Homes Senior Housing
Gordon Parks High SchoolGordon ParksH.S. Three Ring Garden
Creative Enterprise Zone Vision: Be a livable, mixed-use neighborhood, recognized as a center of creativity and enterprise• Stabilize conditions in which creative enterprises, industry, artists, non-profits and residents flourish together.• Connect creative enterprises, industry, artists, non-profits and residents in an effort to foster collaboration, cross- pollination, and common-interests
Trusted Advocate Pilot ProjectDistrict Councils Collaborative & Metro Transit
Central Corridor Community Values and Activities• Big Picture Project• Creative Enterprise Zone • Community Agreements Committee• Old Home Dairy Site • District Councils Collaborative and (ASANDC & HAP) member organizations —• Model Cities at Victoria community convening around• Vacant home rehab corridor wide issues programs • Place-based community• Land Banking organizations• Joint Partnership • CCLRT Construction Development Equitable Community Communications Committees • Organizing activities and programs Development Engagement in corridor• Transit Service Study – 2012 • Foreclosure Prevention• Last Mile Walkability • Save Our Homes Survey – 2012 Livability and Wealth • Business Resources Collaborative• Friendly Streets (Hamline Access Building – new economic development Midway) and small business focus• Irrigate • LRTWorks• Public Art Plan for the • Central Corridor Training Central Corridor Programs• Energy Innovation • Little Mekong Corridor • World Cultural Heritage District• Stops for Us — achieved• Health Impact Assessment — completed but not entirely implemented
A Few Conversation Starters• Small Business Entrepreneurs• Managing Neighborhood Change• Transit Service Planning• Standardizing GIS Data Collection and Sharing• Support Community Convenings• Assist with Documentation and Evaluation• Be a part of our neighborhoods