As Roseville updates its comprehensive plan, the city is reconsidering how it frames the past. For many years, the plan’s narrative began with White settlers. Senior Planner Bryan Lloyd however, acknowledges Native Americans as the land’s first inhabitants. Through a series of critical conversations with a nearly all-White planning commission, the updated comprehensive plan will include a description of the full history of the land where Roseville now stands along with the history of racial restrictive covenants that created areas of segregation. Lloyd believes that by recognizing the contradictory and vulnerable parts of the area’s history towards Native Americans and people of color, the Roseville community will be able to have more meaningful conversations and start making steps towards greater racial equity. These steps could manifest in the physical environment through signage and name changes of important places.
Acknowledging the Deep History
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