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Since the light rail line was announced, there’s been plenty of visioning about the future of affordable housing along the Central Corridor. But if development proceeds housing project by project, we’re going to miss crucial opportunities to hear the ideas and opinions of those who live there, strengthen the community, and create a sense of place along the Corridor.

The Big Picture Project involves a wide range of participants to align individual affordable housing projects in a way that creates a whole greater than the sum of its parts. It considers dozens of existing plans, maps, and data banks related to affordable housing along the entire 11 miles of the Central Corridor and offers a set of recommendations that focus investments and policies to make the area a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Recommendations were completed in November (2011) and the second Progress Report is now available (June 2015).

A unified housing strategy for the whole corridor can attract millions of investment dollars to this stretch of the Twin Cities, and it can stabilize existing housing stock, preserve affordable rentals, and make sure new development projects improve the quality of life for residents in the surrounding neighborhoods.

On overview of the process, meeting agendas and reviews, and the final report are available in Resources.