EnviroThursday - "The Twin Cities Boulevard: Rethinking I-94 for Racial, Economic and Environmental Justice"
Speaker: Alex Burns, Transportation Policy Coordinator at Our Streets Minneapolis
The construction of Interstate 94 demolished thousands of homes and businesses, specifically targeting communities of color. The resulting pollution and disinvestment have continued to harm neighboring communities, exacerbating racial disparities in income, health outcomes and transportation access. A half-century later, pavement on the I-94 freeway trench between downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul is nearing the end of its useful life and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is in the process of determining what the corridor will look like for the next half-century. This presentation will discuss a vision to repair the freeway’s harms and invest in environmental justice for adjacent residents.
Alex Burns is the Transportation Policy Coordinator at Our Streets Minneapolis, an advocacy organization focused on putting people first in Twin Cities transportation infrastructure. Prior to this role, Alex chaired the Land Use and Transportation Committee at the Sierra Club Chapter, worked at the non-profit Move Minneapolis, and spent three years as a national park ranger at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.