REDESIGN IS A NONPROFIT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (CDC) ESTABLISHED IN 1969.
We are dedicated to improving the five neighborhoods of Greater Longfellow: Seward, Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha in South Minneapolis. Redesign Inc. provides comprehensive community development services including housing and commercial real estate development, infrastructure advocacy, business development, and program administration. We sustain our work through philanthropic support, government contracts, and earned fees in real estate development.
OUR SERVICE AREA
Redesign Inc. is a geographically based CDC working in the five neighborhoods of Greater Longfellow in South Minneapolis. Our service area is bounded by Hiawatha Avenue (west), I-94 (north), and the Mississippi River (east).
Redesign engages the energy and creativity of residents and businesses to implement development that responds to community priorities and creates living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and a vibrant local economy.
We envision the neighborhoods where we work as healthy, diverse, and sustainable communities where all people have the opportunity to thrive.
Redesign believes in coalition building, and is working in partnership with REACH Twin Cities to guide, connect, and communicate our work. We believe in the REACH Principals below:
Say His Name
We must continually and appropriately acknowledge that this effort has been brought about by the murder of George Floyd, which has advanced a catalytic call for justice and equity.
Recovery & Renewal
More than rebuilding and replacing what was, business owners, property owners, and residents need a recovery that enables BIPOC communities to operate from a place of strength, ownership, health, and wholeness. This will foster a season of renewal that is fresh and vibrant – one that deconstructs inequity in development and furthers true community well-being.
Outcomes must be foremost. We need commitment to transparency, accountability and material advancement in policies and funding to drive measurable progress; progress that centers – is with, for, and determined by – those who identify as BIPOC.
Wellness is Key
Every community deserves to be well – to be whole. This is a foundational need for any community, and requires people, places, and businesses to support one another and be healthy in the process. With each decision that relates to the recovery and renewal of businesses and properties affected by the unrest, the question must be asked and answered: “How can this support wellness within BIPOC communities?”
Center BIPOC Voices
In consolidating cross-sector energy and resolve to build more than just a vision of equity, BIPOC voices, BIPOC leaders, and BIPOC organizations must be centered and invested in. Partners and allies in this work are committed to producing healing, ownership, and generational wealth for those who identify as BIPOC.