Neighbors Skeptical of City's Green Homes Initiative
The city of Minneapolis plans to build 100 green homes on vacant lots in North Minneapolis in an effort to restore neighborhoods. The city is subsidizing the project with $3 million in grants and loans and plans to partner with minority owned developers.
The city says green projects have been successful elsewhere and hopes to complete this project in the next five years.
But neighbors we talked with are not convinced. Rather than subsidizing green homes neighbors say the city would be better off investing in economic development in the area. Without jobs for people lacking transportation neighbors tell us they do not expect the area to improve.
The city says it is working to attract businesses to North Minneapolis and have been successful in doing so. But it says it must also improve the area in order to lure additional jobs.