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Exploring School-to-Work Programs and School/Work/Community Partnerships on St. Paul's West Side. 1998 Heymans, Mark. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program employment, jobs, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, St Paul, surveys, West Side neighborhood, youth
Planning for the Future of Cleveland Park: A Community Led Vision. 2012 Hill, Amber.

The Cleveland Neighborhood Association partnered with a team from the University of Minnesota Landscape Architecture Department to engage community members who use Cleveland Park to envision a new park and become aware and interested in current neighborhood projects.

The goal of this project is to get people thinking about this park space and show new ideas for the potential of this public space. The ideas expressed in this booklet are intended to get people excited about possibilities at Cleveland Park

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
46th Street Light Rail Traffic Issues in Minneapolis, A Research and Participatory Study. 2005 Hiniker, Cole.

The Hiawatha Light Rail Line opened in June of 2004 in Minneapolis as the first rail transit line in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Soon after the line opened, neighbors and neighborhood groups began expressing concern over poorly operating intersections. One of the worst intersections serving both the LRT and automobiles was 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue. 46th Street serves not only as a neighborhood collector street but also as a throughput street for those coming from Saint Paul.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, congestion, Hiawatha corridor, light-rail transit (LRT), Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), noise, quality of life, surveys, transit-oriented development (TOD)
Wealth Creation Programs for East African Women in Cedar Riverside: An Asset and Gap Analysis. 2013 Hirsi, Ubah and Kubra Dire

The purpose of the research project was to conduct an asset and gap analysis of programs and resources that focus on wealth and asset building for East African women. Methodology included online research to identify community organizations that work with East African women or who provide programs in the area. Interviews with representatives from several organizations were then held. To make sure the research was grounded in the actual experiences of the women, three focus groups were held and interviews were conducted with women business owners from the East African community.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
The Food Desert in St. Anthony Park 2016 Hjelseth, Bettsy

A food desert is known as an area that has limited access to affordable and accessible food, and the residents in St. Anthony Park live in one. This research study explored how the food desert in St. Anthony Park affects section 8 housing residents, as well as viable solutions to eliminating it. The researcher mostly used surveying and google research. She found that the residents in St. Anthony Park are negatively affected by living in a food desert, and putting in a food shelf or grocery store would be beneficial to residents of St. Anthony Park.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Study of the Impact of Peace Poles in the Frogtown Neighborhood. 2002 Hogg, Nadja. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program American Indians, crime, Frogtown neighborhood, Native Americans, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), quality of life, St Paul
Needs Assessment of Foreign-Trained Healthcare Professionals in Minnesota. 2006 Holder, Wilhelmina and Nancy Omondi.

The number of immigrants to Minnesota from sub-Saharan West and East African countries has increased substantially during the last decade, due in large part to various national and tribal conflicts in these regions. Although many of these individuals are qualified professionals in their countries of origin, most discover they cannot practice in their field when they arrive in the United States because their licensure does not transfer to this country. This is particularly true in the healthcare field.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program certification, health employment, healthcare, immigrants, immigration, medical care, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Loring Park Neighborhood Boundary Study Adjustment Study. 2000 Holdorf, Ryan. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program borders, land use, Loring Park neighborhood, Minneapolis, neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods
Cedar‐Riverside Parks and the Mississippi River. 2010 Hollenkamp, Lucas. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Windom: Historical Perspectives. 1995 Holt, Jennifer. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program history, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Windom neighborhood
A Study of Prostitution in the Jordan Neighborhood Pilot Study for the Northside Project Folwell Neighborhood Association. 2007 Hope, Liddy.

Stakeholders in North Minneapolis have identified prostitution as a significant cause for concern because it negatively impacts neighborhoods. The Prostitution Project, a program of Folwell Center for Urban Initiatives, set out to document and assess the extent, scope, and nature of prostitution in North Minneapolis and its effects on residents, businesses and people in prostitution with the goal of decreasing the negative impacts of prostitution. This project summary highlights the process used in the pilot study supported by NPCR.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program crime, Folwell neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, prostitutes, prostitution, sex workers
Stevens Square-Loring Heights: A Community Defined. 1997 Howard, Liddy J. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program history, Loring Park neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, Stevens Square neighborhood
Near North/Willard-Hay Community: Current State of the Community, 2000. 2004 Hullum, Geraldine. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, demographics, housing, Minneapolis, Near North neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Willard-Hay neighborhood
Report on Youth Activities and Employment. 1997 Issacs, Joseph. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program employment, inventory, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), parks, Sheridan neighborhood, youth
Barge Channel Road Industrial Area: Redevelopment for a Sustainable Community. 1998 Jacobson, Christina. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program brownfields, environmental, industry, land use, Mississippi River, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, pollution, St Paul
Positive East Side Survey. 2010 Jalali, Bijan.

In recent years, the reputation of Saint Paul's East Side has suffered too often as a result of its constant association with predominantly negative stories in the media. The comprehensive East Side community represents over 1/3 of St. Paul but is frequently mistaken as one neighborhood instead of several. This harmful notion - along with the redistricting that has left several legislators, commissioners, and city council members with a 'piece of the East Side' - contributes to the stigmatization of an entire group when the actions of a few make media headlines.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
CAPI in the Brooklyns: A Strategic Plan for Asset-Based Community Development. 2013 James, Ashley and Jonathan Truong

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current demographic profile of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community residing in the Brooklyns (Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park), along with asset based community development approaches to increasing economic assets within the community. The methods of analysis include Census data, interviews, and a literature review. All interviews can be found in the appendices.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Don't Pass Us By. 2012 James, Ashley.

This report consists of four distinct objectives. First, primers on transit oriented development (TOD) and gentrification as an unintended consequence of TOD are provided. The purpose of these primers is to explain both processes individually as well as their relationship to each other. Second, existing conditions in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood are presented, which can provide a baseline in order to analyze the area’s susceptibility to gentrification, and thus commercial displacement among the immigrant community.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Working through Language Barriers. 1998 Jennings, Lee. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program businesses, employment, immigrants, language barriers, Latinos, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, St Paul, translators
Success Measures Home Improvement Program Evaluation. 2007 Jerden, Jamie.

This project summary contains a set of graphs and a summary of responses to questions asked by Sparc of neighborhood residents for the purpose of developing their strategic plan in 2007.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul, survey research
LRT, Development and Neighborhood Planning: A Summary of Planning Efforts along the Future Hiawatha LRT Line 2002 Johnson, Andrew. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, Corcoran neighborhood, Ericsson neighborhood, Hiawatha corridor, light-rail transit (LRT), Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Nokomis East neighborhood, Phillips neighborhood, planning, Seward neighborhood, Standish neighborhood, Standish-Ericsson neighborhood, transit-oriented development (TOD)
Summary of Neighborhood Housing Programs Submitted to the Field-Regina-Northrop Neighborhood Revitalization Project. 1994 Johnson, Steve. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program homeowners, housing programs, loan programs, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods
Bridging the Gap. 2010 Johnson, Wade.

Highway 280 presents a barrier between southwest Saint Anthony Park and the rest of the neighborhood to the east, between Saint Anthony Park and Prospect Park, and between Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Easily crossable by car, navigating Highway 280 by foot or bicycle presents significant challenges.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Multi-Family Rental Housing Review Greater Longfellow 2005. 2006 Karki, Avigya.

The greater Longfellow community in central Minneapolis is increasingly diverse, with significant increases in Latinoa and East African populations. Seward Redesign, in collaboration with Seward Neighborhood Group and Longfellow Community Council, wanted to build on demographic research completed during the last several years to compile a profile on the availability of affordable rental housing in the community. This report includes specifics about the size and type of units, rental rates, rent restrictions, subsidies to the property, vacancy rates and ownership.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, community development, demographics, households, housing stock, Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, multifamily housing, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), planning, public housing, real estate, rental housing, residential, Seward neighborhood, vacant
West Broadway Business Incubator & Co-working Space Project 2015 Karongo, Lawrence Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Defining Personal Financial Assets in the African American Community 2016 Karongo, Lawrence

This report will detail the wealth disparity that is faced nationally through the literature review conducted. To get an understanding of the crisis in Minneapolis, a qualitative study was also conducted along with short analysis of IPUMS USA data. This study is to help understand how wealth accumulation for African Americans is specific to Minneapolis. The study was conducted to understand a multitude of factors about wealth accumulation among African Americans in Minneapolis.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Community Gardens in the Phillips Neighborhood. 2002 Kawasi, Maki. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community gardens, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Phillips neighborhood
Minneapolis American Indian Center: A New Vision for Social, Cultural, Arts and Economic Development 2013 Kelkar, Gauri and Virajita Singh

The Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC), University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the College of Design, and the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)) worked with community members, MAIC staff and Board to develop a vision for social, cultural, arts and economic revitalization of the Center. This work builds on the work that is already underway in the American Indian Cultural Corridor and outlined in the American Indian Blueprint led by NACDI.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Creating a Housing Database for the East Side Neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. 1997 Kellner, Stephanie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program databases, East Side neighborhood, housing, inventory, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul, tax data, vacant land
City of Lakes Community Land Trust 2012 Homeowner Survey. 2012 Keniski, Aaron.

Earlier this spring, the City of Lakes Community Land Trust underwent the task of designing and implementing their second bi-annual homeowner survey. The first survey, which was completed during the spring of 2010, offered insights from CLCLT homeowners regarding how the organization could improve its services to better meet homeowner needs. In comparison to the first homeowner survey, the 2012 survey was much more detailed and quantitative in its approach, but still maintained a qualitative aspect.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program