When a crisis strikes, the poor are most vulnerable

Emergencies of any kind, natural or manmade, are unpredictable and can occur at any time. A previous story in the MSR (“People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters,” May 15) highlighted a report, “Who’s In Danger? Race, Poverty, and Chemical Disasters.” The report documented that Blacks and Latinos are more likely to live in “‘vulnerability zones” — areas up to 20 miles in all directions of the facility — where they are less likely to escape from a toxic or flammable chemical emergency.

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Can you find the Dinkytown Greenway? You can help point the way.

A bicycle and pedestrian trail that opened through the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis a year ago has been too hard to find, say community residents working to improve the Dinkytown Greenway’s visibility.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Hiawatha Line opened 10 years ago

On June 26, 2004, the Hiawatha Line, the first new rail transit line built in the twin cities, opened with free rides and many activities. The line opened fifty years after the last street car line closed in Minneapolis, and just months after a long transit strike.

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City planners discuss Dinkytown's future

(Photo by Bill Huntzicker)

Dinkytown, the four-block business district on the north edge of the University of Minnesota in Southeast Minneapolis, could continue to be taken over by six-story mixed-use apartment buildings or it could be “frozen in place” by historic preservation. Between these two extremes, there is much room for planning, says Peter Crandall, designer for the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development department.

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The Green Line is wonderful but a challenge to access on foot

Cruising high above the Mississippi River on my first Green Line light rail ride was something I may never forget. It felt so…right. Some may find it absurd to hear me say it is worth the billion dollars just to ride it across the Mississippi.

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Too many Minnesotans find affordable housing is "out of reach"

Minnesota’s new minimum wage will increase the incomes of 325,000 Minnesotans, but there’s still more to do for all Minnesota workers to achieve economic security. A recent report finds that minimum wage workers in Minnesota and throughout the country don’t earn enough to afford market rate rental housing.

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Race, class, opportunity, and deeper learning

What happens when two sets of education advocates with valid perspectives collide?

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A crash lesson in crash causes

A friend of mine recently had a bike-riding experience worthy of story-telling, and agreed to share it here. Della Kurzer-Zlotnick, the author, will be moving to Oberlin for college this fall.

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Hamline adjunct faculty members vote to join union

In the first union-organizing election among faculty members at a private college in Minnesota, adjunct instructors at Hamline University in St. Paul voted to join Local 284 of the Service Employees International Union.

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OPINION | Affordable housing shortage among disastrous assaults on the poor

The financial crisis of 2007-2008 spawned in many of us a righteous outrage that took aim at a worldwide financial establishment that in the eyes of many had completely run amok. At the time, a number of experts cited new and expanded banking practices, many related to the home mortgage industry, that had a decidedly detrimental effect on both the American and larger global economies.

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