The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB) today met for the first time since protestors toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus on the front steps of the Capitol earlier this month. Board Chair, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan said the goal of today’s meeting was to consider…

“Who are we hearing from, does everyone know how to be heard, how are we listening, how can we be responsive to the many different visions of our capitol that we know are out there and how can we provide the space for those visions there shared, understood and realized.”

State officials say the Columbus statue incurred around $154,000 in estimated damage. So far, no arrests have been made in the bringing down of the statue.

“Out what is missing from our current process our work will be done when there is a clear and accessible process for Minnesotans to be seen and heard and valued when Minnesotans feel do not feel that tearing down a statue is their only opportunity for change.”