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Minneapolis Neighborhood Information System: A Community, University, and City Collaboration.

Matson, Jeffrey and Kris Nelson.

Housing abandonment and the subsequent demolition of housing in Minneapolis emerged as growing problems in the late 1990s. From 1998 to 2000, Minneapolis demolished close to 2,000 abandoned housing units. During that same time period, roughly 1,800 new housing units were constructed, for a net loss of 200 housing units citywide. Inner-city neighborhoods traditionally face the most serious abandonment problems, due largely to the age of the housing stock and economic disinvestment in these areas. To address the problem in one inner-city neighborhood, the Central Neighborhood Improvement Association (CNIA) contacted CURA's Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR) program for assistance constructing a housing database to help identify property at risk of being abandoned. During the last seven years, that initial project which focused on housing abandonment in one Minneapolis neighborhood has evolved and grown into the Minneapolis Neighborhood Information System (MNIS)ラa program at CURA that seeks to build the capacity of participating neighborhood organizations to use City of Minneapolis parcel-based spatial data to address a broad range of housing and neighborhood revitalization issues. In this articleラthe first in a three-part series on MNISラthe authors trace the early history of the program, describe how the program operates, and offer insight into MNIS' growth and development since its inception. Future articles will discuss neighborhood GIS projects that have been undertaken by MNIS members and the evaluation of the three-year MNIS program and its future.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
34 (2): 9-16.
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Reporter 34 (2)