Reclamation through Interpretation: One Community’s Path to Healing

How Urban Communities are Healing in the Wake of Destruction by Transportation Infrastructure. This article appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of NAI Legacy Magazine. The passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 launched a massive program of federally funded interstate highway construction. This program, which continued into the

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Marvin Anderson: Rondo and the many stories of ‘One Minnesota’

I was delighted to hear Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz mention the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul during his inaugural address in January. While elaborating on his vision for One Minnesota, he mentioned the importance of establishing good relationships between state government and local leaders to help their communities thrive. He

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Rondo Plaza Selected by St. Thomas to Receive President’s Community Partner Award

We are excited to announce that the Rondo Commemorative Plaza has been selected by the University of St. Thomas to receive the President’s Community Partner Award at the Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit and Award Ceremony. This award is given annually on behalf of Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions to

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A New Pocket Park In St. Paul Memorializes a Neighborhood Destroyed by Interstate Constructions

In 2013, a two-story commercial building at the corner of Concordia Avenue and Fisk Street in St. Paul, overlooking I-94, went up in flames. Architecturally, the structure was unremarkable. But to many members of St. Paul’s African American community, the building, which had functioned over the decades as a restaurant,

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Rondo Inc. buys little-used church next to historic plaza

Marvin Anderson woke up Saturday morning with an epiphany. He’s not entirely sure how the donors who have helped him acquire a small church in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood will take it, but on Tuesday morning, he plans to spring the idea on them anyway. Perhaps fittingly, he’ll offer an

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Commemorative Plaza revives the spirit of Rondo

Nearly 60 years ago, Interstate Highway 94 split through the heart of Saint Paul’s primarily African American Rondo neighborhood. On Saturday, July 14, hundreds gathered to reconnect the neighborhood at the opening ceremony for Rondo Commemorative Plaza. The Plaza was created to honor the Rondo community and educate the youth

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Rondo Commemorative Plaza dedication

Officials held a grand opening for the Rondo Commemorative Plaza Saturday, July 14, 2018 in St. Paul, Minn. Check out the photo gallery here: http://www.startribune.com/rondo-commemorative-plaza-dedication/488202261/

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For Rondo Days founder, commemorative plaza provides a capstone to a life of community work

Marvin Anderson can see the finish line, both for his capstone project and for his 35-year involvement in the cause of reclaiming the St. Paul community of Rondo. With $47,000 in state legacy grant money approved by the 2017 Minnesota Legislature, the fund-raising for the building of a $450,000 Rondo

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Rondo’s Heroes of the Commemorative Plaza Breakfast a Success!

A capacity crowd of civic leaders, elected officials and community residents joined the Board of Directors Rondo Avenue, Inc., (RAI) for a morning breakfast on Wednesday, July 12th, at the Hallie Q. Brown Center for a celebration to introduce and honor Six Heroes of the Rondo Commemorative Plaza. The program

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Rondo Plaza Receives $10,000 Historical & Culture Heritage Grant from Minnesota Historical Society

Rondo Plaza received a grant from the Minnesota History Center to plan for long-term interpretive panels for the Rondo Commemorative Plaza (RCP). In general, as currently planned, the plaza will have a “history wall” consisting of 14 large panels. Information on some of the panels will remain the same or

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