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Minnetonka Neighborhood Identities.

Holey, Laura, Ryan Merz, Dean Porter , BrieAnna Simon

Produced by students in PA 8203: Neighborhood Revitalization (Instructors David Hollister and Lauren Martin, College of Education and Human Development) as part of the 2012-2013 Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of Minnetonka. 

This document seeks to help the City of Minnetonka (1) understand how to promote neighborhood organizations and identities based on local and national case studies and (2) understand existing neighborhood entities. This is done through a review of three broad models of structuring local government and neighborhood organization relationships; four case studies of local governments in the United States working with community organizations; in depth descriptions of three existing Minnetonka community organizations; and recommendations on how Minnetonka can use this information.

The document begins with discussing three models of local government and neighborhood relationships: delegating planning responsibilities to neighborhoods; consulting with formalized neighborhood organizations; and working with both community and neighborhood organizations. It then looks at how the governments of Seattle, Philadelphia, St. Louis Park, and Brooklyn Park work with neighborhood and community organizations. Next, it provides information on the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association, Senior Services at the Minnetonka Community Center, and the Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA). Finally, the document recommends that the City of Minnetonka support neighborhood identities through working with existing community organizations, creating a formal communication method with community organizations, improving an online forum for organizations, and developing a city registration system for community organizations.

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
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