Academics in political change: affordable housing in central Minnesota
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.)
Finn, Daniel K. and Connell, Martin, "Academics in political change: affordable housing in central Minnesota" (2001). Forum Lectures. 342.