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Economic Justice Monitoring Project

The Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA) is a nonprofit with a special emphasis on Asian small businesses in low-income communities. The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) project is threatening the pathway out of poverty represented by small businesses by creating challenging conditions for immigrant-owned businesses with nine months of construction and potential gentrification. An earlier environmental impact assessment by the Metropolitan Council predicted the impact of construction on businesses to be less than 2%. According to the City of St. Paul applicant businesses saw 14-70% reduction in sales. Such sales losses truly threaten the sustainability of the community. Thao Phuong Nguyen, a communications undergradaute student in the College of Liberal Arts, will document and assess the everyday impacts and burdens of the CCLRT construction on small, immigrant owned businesses on University Ave. The results will be used to advocate for the resources and accountability of the CCLRT project needed to protect the long-term viability of Little Mekong businesses.

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