Community Values Platform Statement
|The purpose of this Community Values Statement is to clearly articulate values, issues and positions that each of our neighborhoods share. Some of these values will be specific while others are more abstract.
The intention of this shared statement is not to take away the independence of our unique neighborhoods or prevent us from having diversities of opinion, but rather, help us identify areas where we can come together and collectively take action and move policy to make our communities more habitable for those who struggle the most.
From the Bryant, Central, Kingfield, and Lyndale Neighborhood Organizations
Our neighborhoods along the 35W corridor have a long history of racial and economic disparities that can be traced back generations. The construction of the freeway literally and figuratively created a barrier through our neighborhoods that has contributed to disparate economic opportunities, uneven property values and redevelopment opportunities, differing access to public education, displacement of African Americans and their homes, racially concentrated areas of poverty in our immigrant communities, and policies and practices that have stood in the way of building one community that reaches its fullest potential.
Over the last few years, we have seen increased economic development in all our neighborhoods. While our neighborhoods welcome economic development that creates opportunities for all our residents, without a holistic approach and response from neighborhoods these developments can lead to: gentrification, further displacement of people of lower income (largely people of color), and further increase in the racial inequities between our communities and neighborhoods.
We believe that neighborhood organizations can, and need to, play a role in helping identify and address disparities that stand in the way of our neighborhoods all being compelling places to live, work, play and invest. We understand and appreciate that these values may manifest themselves differently in each neighborhood and while we know that these common themes make us stronger, we also celebrate the diversity in individual neighborhood priorities. [Read more…]