Bridging is an important function in community — connecting neighborhoods, neighbors, organizations and people, past, present and future, the new and the old.

And under the somber shadow of COVID-19 we’ve all become more aware of our need to connect, the deprivations of isolation and distancing, and the importance of respecting ourselves and others by following recommended guidelines for safety and health. As we continue our work at HCI, we abide by recommendations in order to demonstrate solidarity with our community.


The big news: HIGHLAND HERITAGE PROJECT (founded by HCI in partnership with Friends of Highland Arts — FoHA) applied for and received a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant ( to fund research about Highland history and to document current developments. We are grateful to the MNHS and the staff members we consulted with for their patience helpful guidance.

The heritage project will have several phases, but we want it to culminate in a book as well as an interactive website with fascinating and fun information that informs, invites participation and acknowledges what has gone before. That includes recognizing that the land we are living on, enjoying and watching its transformation is Dakota land.

HHP is partnering with St. Catherine University and Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? which brings the Mapping Prejudice project to Ramsey County.

What is Mapping Prejudice? Emerging data confirming racial disparities among people suffering and dying from COVID-19 is a challenging reminder of what systemic injustices in the US and in our own backyards has wrought. As a way of building community awareness about housing injustice, Mapping Prejudice and St. Catherine University’s Center for Community Work and Learning have enlisted volunteers to help document racial covenants in Ramsey County. Begun in Minneapolis, the project revealed the redlining practices and racial covenants that created segregated neighborhoods. 

The information gathered about the Highland area will be included in HHP research and reporting. (See article in The Villager, March 18, 2020. To contact the project:

The killing of George Floyd throws a powerful spotlight on communities and challenges us on many levels and in many ways. Our work with the Highland Heritage Project legacy grant reflects this reality.

Follow us on Facebook: Highland Heritage Project – Saint Paul, Minnesota

Watch for the launch of the HHP website:

There you will be able to:

  • Follow the latest news regarding the history project
  • Volunteer to work on Highland history
  • Contribute stories, interviews
  • Share memorabilia and old photos
  • Contact HHP



Groundbreaking has happened on the new Highland Bridge development!





HCI is:

A grassroots effort engaging residents of the Highland area around the development of the Ford property site.

A way to recognize and tap into the talent and creativity of Highland residents to add valuable local input to the Ford site development.

We’ve complied some wonderful historic information and resources for you about the history of Highland.  From the early days of Fort Snelling to the Ford Plant and Highland apartments, here you can learn much about the rich history of  Highland.

There are many current happenings regarding Highland.  If you are interested in learning more about redevelopment of the Ford plant and other development plans for Highland, we’ve pulled together information that will educate you into what is happening.

The future of Highland is an unknown, but we’ve listed for you possible scenarios for the site as well as Highland Community Initiative’s hopes and plans for the future.

Still want to learn more?  Here we’ve compiled recent press regarding the Ford Site.

Contact information:

PO Box 16111

St. Paul, Minnesota 55116

Tel: 651-598-6521