West Broadway: What is Affordable?

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This report is intended for the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC), with the goal of addressing commercial affordability along the West Broadway corridor. Considering the history of West Broadway and North Minneapolis more broadly, the project team is guided by the belief that development can be beneficial, though it is crucial that current Northside residents, who are predominantly people of color, are the ones who benefit from such development. Decision-making processes must be inclusive and responsive to the needs of West Broadway business owners, entrepreneurs, and North Minneapolis residents. Defining the term “local”, particularly regarding ownership of property and businesses along West Broadway, is central to this discussion. Oftentimes, outside resources targeting the Northside are viewed as relief aid for the poor or needy. However, the perspective of this report is that resources should be provided as an investment in the people and place, who are deserving of the opportunities that have been freely given to White Americans, though robbed from neighborhoods and people of color.


Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree.

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Gemheart, Adrienne; Kohlhaas, Alex; Thao, Lisa; Yoder, Amy. (2018). West Broadway: What is Affordable?. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/206732.

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