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Zero-Commute Futures: Opportunities for Live/Work Housing in North Saint Paul.

Olson, Erin and Michael Urness.

PA 5261: Housing Policy, spring 2014. (Instructor Edward Goetz, Humphrey School of Public Affairs)

The City of North Saint Paul applied for a Metropolitan Council Livable Communities grant in 2011. During this process, the City created a redevelopment plan toward the vision of being “an extraordinary small town in the cities” (City of North Saint Paul, 2014). As a part of this greater redevelopment plan, new approaches to land uses and opportunities for economic growth were explored. The City of North Saint Paul seeks to maximize use of space to its highest and best use, leading to higher job creation and retention rates and increasing the tax base of the community. This report provides a summary of live/work housing as an opportunity for creation of the mix of housing choices in demand in the community and to expand the economic base of North Saint Paul through job creation. It will highlight relevant national case studies, necessary considerations for proper zoning and policy to support live/work housing, and specific sites in the community recommended for this kind of development. It takes into account public documents, academic analyses, and interviews with local developers of live/work housing to provide well-informed recommendations to the City Council


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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.
49 pp.
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