Title

Academics in political change: affordable housing in central Minnesota

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

10-26-2001

Abstract

Three CSB/SJU faculty members, from theology, sociology, and economics, have been active in a local political initiative. They have been part of the affordable housing campaign of GRIP (the Great River Interfaith Partnership), a church-based community organization. Because of GRIP's efforts, five cities of Central Minnesota -- St. Joseph, St. Cloud, Waite Park, Sartell, and Sauk Rapids -- are in the midst of controversial deliberations about an inclusionary zoning ordinance requiring that 15% of all homes in each housing development be affordable. If successful, this will be the first cluster of cities in the nation agreeing on a common affordable housing ordinance. Dan Finn and Martin Connell will offer an introduction to what's happening, so come hear a few pointy-headed professors reflect on their involvement in the political process. Their saga will include disappointment and excitement, heartbreak and romance, frustrations and victories. (Well, no romance really.)

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