The eastern portion of the Green Line and University Avenue presents a rich mix of opportunities, culture and history. At the heart of this grouping lies three key districts.
Divided but not defeated by the introduction of Interstate 94 in the 1960s, the Rondo area is the historic and continuing epicenter of the African-American community in Saint Paul. In more recent decades, the Little Mekong district near University and Western Avenues has become a center for immigrants from the East Asian community in the Twin Cities. And the eastern edge of this area is animated by the adjacent State Capitol campus and its proximity to downtown Saint Paul.
Following the I-94 corridor, and bound together by the five-year-old METRO Green Line light rail project along University Avenue, this area is ripe for the kind of change that benefits the many diverse residents who call the area home. Leveraged carefully, Opportunity Zone financing can play a constructive role in the area's continuing evolution.