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Hydrogen Generation Using Magnetite to Store Energy from Alternative Sources.

Halley, J. Woods, Andy Schofield, and Bjorn Berntson. Published in 2012.

Demand for alternative energy sources arises from the need to reduce both carbon emissions that cause climate change and U.S. dependence on fossil fuels from foreign sources. The leading alternative energy sources, wind and solar, however, are intermittent; the wind does not always blow and the sun does not always shine. Thus, it is necessary to find ways to store the electrical energy obtained from these sources.

Who Seeks Home Foreclosure-Prevention Counseling?

Luong, Alexandra. Published in 2012.

The primary goal of this study was to examine whether individuals facing home foreclosure who seek financial counseling differ from those who choose not to seek financial counseling. The author surveyed homeowners who had received preforeclosure notices regarding their financial-counseling behaviors and perceptions of services received. Results indicated that older, more educated homeowners facing foreclosure were more likely to seek counseling.

CURA Reporter Summer 2012

This issue contains the following articles: Urban Competitiveness and the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, by Victor Gauto / Something Old and Something New: Forest Bioenergy Production in Minnesota, by Dennis R. Becker and Laura M.

Twin Cities Neighborhood Maps.

This article presents the first in a series of neighborhood maps for the central cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.The maps show current housing values, as well as declines in value since 2007, the peak year before the housing market crash. The data come from county tax records of estimated market values. Future issues of the CURA Reporter will present additional thematic maps on such topics as transit, recreation, safety, diversity, and schools.

CURA Annual Report, 2011–2012

This report provides an overview of the 191 projects and events CURA conducted during the 2011-2012 academic year. The projects served more than 30 different University departments, and more than 150 different local and state community organizations.

Ward 1 Community Survey Plan.

Cici, Kristen. Published in 2012.

Recycling Asphalt Roofing Shingles in Asphalt Pavements.

Marasteanu, Mihai, Jasmine Austin, and Ki Hoon Moon. Published in 2012.

Up to one-fifth of construction and demolition waste in the Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of tear-off shingle scrap (TOSS), which is postcon¬sumer roofing material that is removed when a home is reroofed. Of the 60,000 tons of TOSS generated annually in the metro region, more than 90% is potentially recyclable for use in asphalt pavement. At the beginning of 2010, the Minnesota Department of Transportation released a draft specification that would allow up to 5% TOSS to be used in asphalt.

Project Update: Mutual Adaptation between Karen Refugees and a Rural Minnesota Community.

Stone, Barbara. Published in 2012.

This article reports on a project to identify key success factors for the Karen—a minority ethnic group from Burma’s eastern border along Thailand—in their relocation to Worthington, Minnesota. Based on in-depth interviews with refugees, civic, business, education, social-service, and faith-community leaders, several success factors were identified:

Digital Inclusion and the Twin Cities Homeless Community.

Orrick, Rebecca. Published in 2012.

Digital literacy is an essential skill in the 21st century, especially for homeless individuals searching for housing and other resources to leave the streets. In partnership with Open Access Connections, this project investigated whether homeless individuals in the Twin Cities metropolitan area felt that existing computer-based social services were available and accessible to them.

Commentary: Small Towns in Minnesota are Still Growing.

Hart, John Fraser and Mark B. Lindberg. Published in 2012.

Many people think that small towns are losing their population and slowly disappearing, but they are wrong. The 2010 U.S. Census found that the population actually increased by more than 5% in two-fifths of the incorporated places in Minnesota between 2000 and 2010, remained stable in one-third, and decreased more than 5% in a mere one-quarter. Between 2000 and 2010, a greater share of the smaller places in Minnesota lost population, and a greater share of the larger places gained, with a steady progression from smallest to largest.

Trucks and SUVs in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area: How Dangerous Are They?

Karaca-Mandic, Pinar and Jinhyung Lee. Published in 2012.

Light or heavy trucks and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) are increasingly popular, in part because they provide improved protection to their own passengers in an accident. However, when an accident occurs, these vehicles also cause greater injury to passengers of other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Because the costs of these injuries are external costs in no-fault auto-liability systems such as those used in Minnesota, consumers may have inefficiently high incentives to purchase light/heavy trucks and SUVs.

Assembly and Uses of a Housing Data-Sharing Network in Minneapolis.

Wascalus, Jacob and Michael Grover. Published in 2012.

Like many cities across the country caught up in the previous decade’s housing boom and bust, Minneapolis is experiencing mortgage-default problems on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. Foreclosed properties and vacant homes are dotted across the city, with concentrations in some particularly hard-hit lower income areas. In dealing with the slew of direct and indirect consequences, Minneapolis has benefited from a history of openness and information-sharing among local nonprofits, neighborhood organizations, City and County agencies, and academic institutions.

CURA Reporter Spring 2012

This issue contains the following articles: Recycling Asphalt Roofing Shingles in Asphalt Pavements, by Mihai Marasteanu, Jasmine Austin, and Ki Hoon Moon / NPCR Renamed the Kris Nelson Neighborhood Research Program / Assembly and Uses of a Hou

Planning for Transit Oriented Development in the Twin Cities: A Baseline Study for Corridors of Opportunity.

Boulay, William. Published in 2012.

This report is the result of a study done for the Corridors of Opportunity project designed to measure the extent to which cities have planned for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) around transit stations. The study evaluated the planning activities of 20 cities along 6 transitways in the Corridors project: Hiawatha Light Rail, Northstar Commuter Rail, Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit, Central Corridor Light Rail, Southwest Light Rail, and Bottineau Boulevard Light Rail. The study measured three specific planning activities: comprehensive planning, station area planning (SAP), and zoning.

Minnesota Population Change, 2000-2010 [choropleth map].

CURA, Minnesota State Demographic Center, and University of Minnesota Cartography Lab. Published in 2011.

This four-color, 17.5 x 20 inch choropleth map shows population change in Minnesota at the county level based on data from the 2010 U.S. Census. The map includes major water features and selected major roads and highways.

North Minneapolis Housing Market Index.

Folwell Center for Urban Initiatives. Published in 2011.

This report introduces the Folwell Center for Urban Initiatives (FCUI) Housing Market Index (HMI), a new tool that measures the strength of an area’s housing market. The HMI will help local leaders better plan and target sustainable housing interventions as part of their broader reinvestment effort. The HMI borrows from an index created by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The most significant difference is the FCUI HMI’s geographic specificity—neighborhoods are measured by block, not census tract or zip code.

Refugee Mental Health Project.

Jennifer Simmelink. Published in 2011.

Minnesota Population Distribution, 2010

CURA, Minnesota State Demographic Center, and University of Minnesota Cartography Lab. Published in 2011.

This four-color, 17.5 x 20 inch dot map shows population distribution in the state of Minnesota at the block level, by county, based on data from the 2010 U.S. Census. The map includes major water features and selected major roads and highways.

Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Population Distribution, 2010.

CURA, Minnesota State Demographic Center, and University of Minnesota Cartography Lab. Published in 2011.

This four-color, 17.5 x 20 inch dot map shows population distribution in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area at the block level, by minor civil division (which includes cities, townships, and unorganized territory), based on data from the 2010 U.S. Census. The map includes major water features and selected major roads and highways.

Scaling Up Local Foods: West Central Minnesota Institutional Market Study. Synthesis of Existing Research and Report on West Central Partnership Institutional Market Survey.

Goodspeed, Sarah. Published in 2011.

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