The construction of a new bridge threatens to wipe out several mobile home parks in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to connect
Highway 169 and new Highway 212. Five of six proposed routes would require the demolition of mobile homes. As many as 182 homes are threatened.
Three routes under review would eliminate Riverview Terrace (Chaksa), Bonnevista Terrace (Shakopee) and Mobile Manor (Shakopee). Another two routes would force the demolition of homes in Jackson Heights. The Chanhassen Villager, a local paper, says that Jackson Heights is home to mostly Latino families.
MN DOT admits that the plans would demolish homes that are mostly owned by low-income and minority citizens. Only 2 percent of families in Scott County reside below the poverty line. The median family income is $72,212.
Chaska and Shakopee are located on the southwestern outskirts of the Twin Cities, 23 miles from downtown Minneapolis. Shakopee is the capital of Scott County, where approximately 90,000 call home.