Every Tuesday for 10 weeks, the students came from Hopkins or nearby the west metro suburb to meet at the Eisenhower Community Center for the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative Plan It! Entrepreneur Training Program. It was the prospect of the new Southwest Corridor LRT line passing nearby that spurred Anne Beuch of the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative to reach out to Neighborhood Development Center so potential entrepreneurs could benefit from the traffic, expansion and commerce that train lines bring to a community.
Join Damien Cave and Todd Heisler as they travel up Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, Minn., chronicling how the middle of America is being changed by immigration. Follow their journey here and on Twitter by searching #thewaynorth.
Arnellia Allen and Jackie Williams can boast several "firsts" and "onlies" between them. Allen is the only African American woman to own a nightclub and hold a liquor license in Minnesota. Jackie Williams was one of the first African American women to graduate from the highly competitive and demanding Chef Apprentice Program at Pennsylvania's Allegheny Community College in the 1980s. (There were very few black men admitted either.) Now the two women are together on University Avenue in St. Paul, working to put business at Arenellia's Night Club back on track just as light rail trains are set to start running.
Sometimes, an airplane ride can change your life. Rachelle Simmons was college visiting in Baltimore with her son, and mentally noted something unique. “Usually in the inner city, on every corner you see a liquor store or a church – every corner. And there (Baltimore), on every corner there was a clinic! Or there was a hospital! Gosh, if I lived here, I would teach CNAs.” Read more.