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February 22, 2023
Livable Communities Newsletter
Publications & Resources
A Land Bridge for Reconnecting Rondo
When construction began in the late 1950s to build Interstate 94 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the highway was routed through the thriving, predominantly Black neighborhood of Rondo. Longtime resident and community advocate Marvin Roger Anderson, 82, is working to keep Rondo’s past alive and its future hopeful.
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A Purposeful Plan for 'Refueling' the Gas Plant
For nearly a century, the Gas Plant, a majority-Black neighborhood in St. Petersburg, Florida, represented achievement and possibilities. Everything changed with the arrival of Interstate 75 and a baseball stadium. This year, Mayor Ken Welch, the grandson of a man whose land was taken by eminent domain, moved forward with a long-awaited redevelopment and community restoration plan.
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Livability News & Notes
More Roads, More Lonely People
— The built environment (streets, buildings, etc.) can provide places and ways for people to socialize and connect. However, in many places, such infrastructure does the exact opposite. Say the researchers of a new study: "Loneliness is both an individual thing and a shared result of the cities we create."
Less Parking, More Housing
— New rules to lift parking requirements are now in effect across Oregon. As a result, more homes can be built in more locations, sizes and styles for less money.
So Many Streets, Too Many Fatalities
— The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling on organizations, businesses, state and local governments and others to "help reverse the crisis that is killing more than 40,000 people each year in America."
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