The cost of rent is increasing at a rate that is unsustainable for too many residents. We’re already seeing a shortage of beds in homeless shelters, and growing wait lists for affordable housing and public housing. We need to build more housing in areas that can support higher density to ease demand, we need to insist that affordable units are included in new development, and we need to protect the housing that’s still affordable in our neighborhoods. Assuring safe, stable, affordable housing is also one of the most impactful things we can do as a city for safety, education, health, and environmental sustainability.
The housing development boom in our Ward is a huge opportunity to give more people access to life in the center of the city, and we need to expand transportation options to achieve this vision. The more people can reasonably live car-free in our city, the better off we are from an environmental standpoint, an economic standpoint, and a quality of life standpoint. Whether you’re someone who has to drive every day for any number of practical reasons, or you’re someone who would stop driving if you had reasonable alternatives, we all benefit from creating more transportation options.
The 3rd Ward is the beating heart of the Minneapolis economy, and if there are going to be great jobs for workers, we need to support and grow small businesses that are owned in the community, spend their money in the community, and stay in the community for the long term.
We have to do everything we can as a city to make sure that jobs in Minneapolis can support a family and meet the current cost of living. Someone working for $9.00 an hour isn’t living well in this city, and we all know it. That’s why I supported Earned Safe and Sick Time, it’s why I support workers’ right to organize, and it’s why I supported a $15 minimum wage without exemptions.
There’s an increasing disconnect between those who feel safer when Minneapolis police are nearby, and those who feel less safe, and we need to do better. The tragic deaths of Jamar Clark and Justine Damond and their aftermaths have laid bare a long-simmering mutual mistrust between city residents and the MPD. The growing perception of our police is of a force too quick to draw guns, and too resistant to reforms to give us much immediate hope. Our government only works well when it trusts and respects the community it serves.
We have the power to make Minneapolis a model of racial equity. Structural racism is deeply embedded in the fabric of our city, and if there’s anything that will prevent us from uniting around a common vision for Minneapolis, it will be our failure as a city to include everyone in the first place.
We need to aspire to better as a city. I want to work toward a Minneapolis where in classrooms, in banks, in job interviews, in police interactions, in neighborhood meetings, in court, in real estate transactions, and in city hall, black lives really do matter. Data and common sense tell us we have a long way to go.
Our city is not prepared to respond to climate change. We’re still consuming fossil fuels at an unsustainable rate, and have been slow to develop alternative infrastructure to replace it. Our transportation options remain car-centric, even with significant recent improvements in biking, walking, and mass transit. Too much of our water is polluted. Our food supply chain is highly unsustainable, with a great deal of what we eat being shipped great distances from factory farms.