Instead of tearing down houses, a local business in Minneapolis picks them apart and resells the material, reducing waste and creating jobs. This is the mission of Minneapolis’ The Birch Group demolition company and Scrapbox Salvage reuse store. Located on the city’s predominantly Black northside and founded by deconstruction expert Petrina Rhines, the complimentary nonprofits are designed to address not only the environmental challenges posed by the C&D industry, but make economic and social impacts as well. May the renewal of homes lead to a revival of the human spirit in these areas and beyond.

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