Short Wave: Minneapolis' Bold Plan To Tackle Racial Inequity And Climate Change

Racial discrimination shaped the map of Minneapolis.

Then city zoning locked many of those patterns into place. Maddie Sofia talks with NPR climate reporter Lauren Sommer about Minneapolis’ bold plan to tackle housing disparities — and climate change. The new rules went into effect this year. Community groups are calling on the city to follow through.

Read more of Lauren’s reporting on this story here.

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This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Emily Kwong.


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