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"Assembly and Uses of a Data-Sharing Network in Minneapolis." Chapter in _Putting Data to Work: Data-Driven Approaches to Strengthening Neighborhoods._

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.

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.

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

This four-color, 17.5 x 20 inch dot map shows population change (gains and losses) 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.

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.

Minneapolis Neighborhoods and St. Paul Planning Districts.

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). Published in 2010.

A four-color, poster-size (50 inches by 40 inches) map showing the boundaries of Minneapolis neighborhoods and St. Paul planning districts.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Sustainability Framework.

Blitzer, Mary, Raya Esmaeili, Paula Guetter, Matt Malecha, Craig McDonnell, and Linden Weiswerda. Published in 2011.

This sustainability framework for the Mississippi National River Recreation Area (MNRRA) was undertaken as a requirement for graduation from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The goal of this semester–long project was to create a final product that allows MNRRA to incorporate sustainability into its short and long-term planning efforts. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) was established in 1988 in the heart of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) metropolitan area. The Park encompasses a 72 miles stretch of the Mississippi River.

147th Street Station Area Sustainability Master Plan.

Stroud, Henry, Justin Svingen, Jill Townley, and Katie Young Published in 2011.

The City of Apple Valley is planning for change along the Cedar Avenue corridor with the introduction of the State of Minnesota’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Beginning in 2012, the 16-mile BRT line will run from Lakeville, with stops in Apple Valley and Eagan, to an existing transportation hub located at the Mall of America (MOA) in Bloomington. For Apple Valley, this is an opportunity to create transit-supportive development in a vibrant and economically viable location that will help grow the community in a sustainable manner.

Refugee Mental Health Project.

Jennifer Simmelink. Published in 2011.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and HIV/AIDS Among African American Women: Research Design Phase.

Cradle-to-College: Organizing Networks to Promote Educational Achievement for Children in Poverty.

Henderson, Sarah. Published in 2010.

The Northside Healthy Eating Project: Transportation Access to Affordable Fresh Produce.

Swingley, Sarah. Published in 2011.

Neighborhood Advocacy for Pedestrian Realm Improvements in the Central Corridor: A Central Corridor Pedestrian Planning Report.

Bonsteel, Hayley. Published in 2011.

Church as a Protective Factor in Urban African American Youth.

McDonald, Jessica. Published in 2011.

District 6 Planning Council, Serving the North End/South Como Neighborhoods: Resident Livability Report.

Quan, Tim. Published in 2011.

Social Media Use in Neighborhood Associations.

Cici, Kristen. Published in 2011.

Assessing Public Parking Demand at Southwest Lake and Hiawatha.

Bergman, Sasha. Published in 2010.

Westland Commons Development: Vision & Design Guidelines for a Sustainable Development-St. Paul’s North End.

Turner, Elizabeth. Published in 2010.

Smith Avenue: A Historical Overview 1950-Present.

Harnik, Rebecca. Published in 2010.

CURA & Lyndale Neighborhood Association: the Value of Place-based Organizing.

Preventing Foreclosures in North Minneapolis: An Evaluative Study of the Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition’s Foreclosure Prevention Outreach Project.

Moen, Casie. Published in 2010.

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