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Recent Publications

The Economic Impact of Farm-to-School Lunch Programs: A Central Minnesota Example.

Tuck, Brigid, Monica Haynes, Robert King and Ryan Pesch. Published in 2010.

Smith Avenue: A Historical Overview 1950-Present.

Harnik, Rebecca. Published in 2010.

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Sustaining Affordable Housing in the Central Corridor - The Neighborhood Connection.

Pates, Greg. Published in 2010.

Evaluating the Potential of the Buy Fresh Buy Local Strategy for Northwest Minnesota.

Rattanavong, Chansouda. Published in 2010.

Block-based Neighborhood Stabilization.

Moen, Casie. Published in 2010.

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

Henderson, Sarah. Published in 2010.

Going Beyond the Art: A Program Evaluation of Juxtaposition Arts Between 2005 and 2009.

Leonard, Alecia. Published in 2010.

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

Moen, Casie. Published in 2010.

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

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.

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

Shaping the Urban Environment.

University Metropolitan Consortium. Published in 2010.

This 30-minute DVD, produced in cooperation with Twin Cities Public Television, explores the challenges and choices facing communities developing land in an environment of scarce and fragile natural resources.

Biomass Gasification.

Harstad, Rachel. Published in 2010.

Every year, small businesses spend $60 billion on energy costs. That number is only going to increase with the rapidly rising prices of fossil fuels. Many small businesses are looking for more efficient ways to heat their businesses at rates that are more economical. One way some businesses are doing just that is by using biomass gasification. Biomass gasification is an existing technology that has 'resurfaced' when fossil fuel prices get too large for businesses to handle.

Milaca Downtown Revitalization.

Jorgensen, Zachary. Published in 2010.

The main goal of this project was to provide the City of Milaca with visions of what their downtown area could look like as they seek to revitalize and reenergize the core of the city. The subsequent drawings, maps, and boards are meant to begin a broader dialog within the community. One that will help form a stronger idea of what can be done in designing the spaces that will form the identity and sense of place within Milaca.

Bridging Social Capital: Responsive Listening Project.

Anthony, Summer. Published in 2010.

Together with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM), Southeast Asian Community Council (SEACC), and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) is acting as the lead organization in a four organization partnership working in North Minneapolis. The multi-cultural partnership with an Undoing Racism framework has led to HNA's organizational focus on racial and economic justice.

Economic Indicators of the Lake Street Corridor.

Diaz, Jose. Published in 2010.

The Lake Street corridor is 5-miles stretching west to east from Lake Calhoun to the Mississippi River 30 blocks south of the center of downtown Minneapolis. During the period between 2005 and 2008, three quarters of the street has been under reconstruction. This project and report had two primary goals: First, to present a summary of the changes in two major economic indicators between 2004 and 2006 for the Lake Street Corridor, the number of businesses and the level of sales tax. Second, to identify the impact being in a construction zone may have had on these indicators.

Mobile Justice': A Study of the Effects of Transportation Projects on Manufactured Home Parks.

Weiner, Elliot. Published in 2010.

Manufactured Home Parks are one of Minnesota's most valuable sources of affordable housing. There are more affordable housing units in Manufactured Home Parks (MHP's) than there are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized units and Rural Development units combined. Statewide, there are over 900 licensed parks in which nearly 180,000 residents live. According to HUD guidelines, 80% of these residents fall within low to very-low income brackets. In addition, MHP's in Minnesota are 87% owner occupied.

Gull Lake Micropolitan Pilot Area: Planning Terms and Definition Research.

Piekarski, Amy. Published in 2010.

The Gull Lake Micropolitan Pilot Area Planning Terms and Definitions Research project was used to create a list of common terms and definitions to be used throughout the six local government units. Ordinances and plans were gathered from the six local units of government and the Department of Natural Resources, and then terms and definitions were extracted and put into a database. By creating a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the data was easily organized and analyzed.

Market & Feasibility Study for the proposed North American Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota.

Smith , David J. and Dr. William Gartner. Published in 2010.

Parent Engagement in Education: Minneapolis Public Schools.

Shkolnik, Anna. Published in 2010.

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