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Community Benefits Agreements in Minneapolis Neighborhood Planning: The Harrison Neighborhood and Redevelopment of the Bassett Creek Valley. 2006 Khoury, Aron.

The meaningful involvement of residents in the planning and implementation of redevelopment plans that impact their community is essential to any successful community development project. Too often, however, the mechanisms that govern urban development do not allow for the type of resident involvement that realizes the greatest possible community benefit.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Bassett Creek Valley, community benefits agreements (CBA), community planning, Harrison neighborhood, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, redevelopment
Community Reinvestment Act Compliance: Creating Partnerships to Serve Communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 2004 King, David. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program banking, community development, community partnerships, investment, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul
Cultivate Corcoran: An Analysis of the Corcoran Retail Environment 2015 King, Eric

In 2015 the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) began working on developing strategies and methods for cultivating a thriving Corcoran business environment that is supportive and responsive to local resident’s needs in accordance with the CNO Strategic Plan adopted in 2012. Following the key highlights of this strategic plan, CNO has been undertaking efforts to build staff capacity in an attempt to both “strengthen the diverse richness of the area through place-making and the engagement of people,” and “pursue and strengthen partnerships to better serve the community.”

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Access and Equity: Reconnecting North Minneapolis and the Mississippi Riverfront 2016 King, Eric

The North Minneapolis community has been cut off from the river for decades by I-94, industry and development. As a result, north and northeast Minneapolis residents are experiencing inequitable access to the benefits of proximity to riverfront parks, trails and open space. Friends of the Mississippi River is working to better connect the North Minneapolis community across I-94 and the current industrial riverfront to the river. A research assistant is needed to research existing plans to better connect the community (e.g.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Reconnecting North Minneapolis and the Mississippi Riverfront 2016 King, Eric

As redevelopment along the North Minneapolis riverfront begins to become a reality as part of the Above the Falls planning efforts, it is important to ensure that river adjacent neighborhoods in North Minneapolis have safe and direct access to these new amenities and opportunities. New trails and parkland both planned and developed within the Above the Falls area have resulted in additional consideration for improving the connections and access for North Minneapolis communities.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Stryker-George: Plan for Action 2016 King, Eric

The West Side Community Organization is a neighborhood based,
action oriented organization working in the
community of the West Side neighborhood in St. Paul. The
organization engages with both residents and city staff in an
effort to ensure equitable development, planning, and
policies are implemented on the West Side. The Stryker
Ave Study grew out of the desire to achieve these priorities
by helping to revitalize a neighborhood commercial corridor
and provide better opportunities and access for residents
living in this community. The neighborhood has long

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Welfare Reform: Impact on Families in Summit-University. 'The Facts and the Families' and 'The Changes and the Challenges.' 1998 Kirk, Kaydee and April Granberry. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), childcare, employment, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, Ramsey County, St Paul, Summit neighborhood, Summit-University neighborhood, University neighborhood, welfare reform
Transit, More Than a Ride—Improving Rider Experience. 2013 Klion, Jessica.

In 2012, the District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (DCC) partnered with Metro Transit in the Transit, More than a Ride—Trusted Advocate Pilot Project. The project sought to engage underrepresented communities in Metro Transit’s Central Corridor Transit Service Study, which focused on integrating existing bus service to the new light rail service. The project brought up a variety of issues with the bus system in the Twin Cities that went beyond the scope of the project.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Implementing the Stevens Square-Loring Heights Common Social Services Plan: An Examination of the NiCo Employment Project. 1996 Knox, Courtney. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program economic development, employment, Loring Park neighborhood, low-income groups, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, social services, Stevens Square neighborhood, surveys
West Broadway Avenue: Community Retail Recruitment Strategies. 2013 Kowen, David .

A great many opportunities exist along West Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis for local residents and businesses alike. With a close proximity to the central business district of downtown Minneapolis, the adjacency to the Mississippi River, freeway access, and lower than average real estate prices, the West Broadway corridor remains an under utilized asset ripe with potential.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Improving Water Quality in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Minnehaha Creek: Stakeholders and Potential Strategies. 1997 Kozlowski, Andrzej. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Chain of Lakes, directory, environmental, Lynnhurst neighborhood, Minneapolis, Minnehaha Creek, neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), water quality
Community Development Efforts in Central St Paul. 2004 Krebs, Thomas. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, developers, economic development, housing, job growth, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), race, St Paul
Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Assessment. 1995 Lambert, Matthew. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Lind-Bohanon neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
St. Anthony East Neighborhood Survey. 2012 Lane, Heather.

As part of their Master Planning Process and general community outreach, the St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association (SAENA) undertook a resident and business survey to solicit feedback about how residents and business-owners would like to see the St. Anthony East neighborhood develop and improve over the coming years.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Housing Barriers and Resources for African Americans in East St. Paul. 2001 Lane, Jamie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, African Americans, Blacks, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), directories, East Side neighborhood, homeowners, myths, renters, resources, shelters, St Paul, surveys, tenants
Sheridan Veterans Memorial. 2008 Larson, Andrew

Sheridan Neighborhood Organization wished to include a memorial in a park being planned along the Mississippi River that would serve as a tribute to Minnesotans who served their country in war as well as include a component that sought to put the concept of peace into a concrete, tangible form. The writing of the veterans memorial component of the project was straightforward, consisting of the dates of the conflict, the number perished, a brief description of the conflict, and a quote of someone involved in it.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program history, military, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Review of Community Food Security Literature and Future Directions for Addressing Community Food Insecurity in North Minneapolis. 2007 Lawrence, Gillian.

The purpose of this report was to provide scientific data to the Northside Food Project (NFP) community organization. The research goals were threefold: to research existing literature on food insecurity in low-income communities, to examine demographic and food insecurity-related data in North Minneapolis, and to explore the need and means for a community food security assessment in North Minneapolis. The concept of food insecurity is central to this work.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, groceries, Hennepin County, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, poverty
Franklin Steel Commons. 2010 Lechelt, Katie.

Hope Community Inc., a non-profit subsidized housing developer located in Minneapolis,MN, works to build an inclusive,life-giving community by transforming relationships of fear into creative opportunities of mutual support. It's focus is to create a public community that will persist for the long-term, maintain the ability to deal with changing issues and be strong enough to consistently welcome and encourage new members and partnerships. Currently,Hope Community, Inc.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Hmong-Americans in the Mainstream Newspapers of the Twin Cities. 2006 Lee, Hlee.

This report documents a project undertaken with Hmong National Development to analyze how the mainstream media, in particular the two daily newspapers in the Twin Cities, covered Hmong-Americans. The research included an analysis of news articles in the two papers, interviews with community members, and discussions with journalists. The research found that the majority of the time, when a Hmong-American is written about, his or her race is mentioned.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program diversity, Hmong, immigrants, Minneapolis, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), news media, Southeast Asians, St Paul, Twin Cities
South Asians Health and Awareness Research. 2013 Lee, Julie.

SEWA- AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness) nonprofit organization and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs from University of Minnesota collaborated together to conduct the first ever South Asian health survey in Minnesota. SEWA reached its goal of distributing the surveys to 1000 South Asians who are currently living in Minnesota. The project started in June 2013 and ended at the end of September.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
West Seventh Neighborhood Cultural/Ethnic Diversity Project. 1998 Lenk, Kathleen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program interviews, minorities, neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul, West 7th Street
Going Beyond the Art: A Program Evaluation of Juxtaposition Arts Between 2005 and 2009. 2010 Leonard, Alecia. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Neighborhood Transportation Planning Issues and Strategies in the Linden Hills Neighborhood. 1995 Levin, John. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program bicycles, Linden Hills neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, surveys, traffic, transit, transportation, zoning
The State of Black Women’s Economics in Minnesota 2015 Lewis, Brittany

The Black Women’s Business Alliance (BWBA) is a general public benefit corporation business owned and operated since January 2015. BWBA’s mission is to broaden the aspirations and strategies of black women entrepreneurs that create and expand community wealth. BWBA is searching for a student with experience researching and working with Black women’s social, political, and economic issues. This project will look and select key economic factors impacting Black women’s lives in Minnesota by looking at state and local data, national status reports, and census data.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Designing Strategies to Promote Land Stewardship Practices Among Rural Landowners in Washington County. 2011 Liebman, Alex. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Creating Public Open Spaces: The Midtown Greenway. 2006 Liljegren, Jeff and Jeff Corn.

The Midtown Greenway is a six-mile-long multimodal transit route in south Minneapolis connecting Lake Calhoun to the Mississippi River. The Midtown Greenway Coalition, a community-based nonprofit organization, represents 16 neighborhoods adjacent to the Midtown Greenway corridor. This article reports on a project that involved creating a community planning process, as well as a Public Open Space Vision Plan for 12 potential open space sites along the Midtown Greenway corridor.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, green space, greenways, Midtown Greenway, Mississippi River, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), open space
Midtown Greenway Coalition: Public Open Space Vision Plan. 2005 Liljegren, Jeff.

This neighborhood based research and design report includes several boards showing designs for open space areas along the Midtown Greenway in south Minneapolis. The set of illustrative renderings depicts what different open spaces might look like along the greenway as a tool to help push forward the collective desire of 'Midtown Greenway' neighborhoods for public open space.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program environmental design, green space, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
MYA “Disrupting Poverty” Impact Study 2015 Linder, Monique Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Disrupting Poverty, Part 1 + 2 2016 Linder, Monique

Mentoring Young Adults (MYA) was founded in 2007 to help develop and empower young adults with a vision for their lives by focusing on leadership, employment housing, education, and entrepreneurial skills development. MYA is the only youth serving organization open on Saturdays and with on-call staff 24/7 and during holidays in Saint Paul North End. MYA programming strives to meet the needs of the diversity of African American and other high-risk youth.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Handbook for Navigating through the Minneapolis Commercial Corridor Process. 1996 Lukermann, Barbara L., Mariia V. Zimmerman, and Deb Martin.

A renewed interest in commercial corridors has emerged as neighborhoods in Minneapolis have identified areas needing revitalization. Planning and implementing a commercial corridor revitalization is complex and time-consuming. This 1996 handbook serves as a guide to the process. It supplies worksheets, flowcharts, and a glossary of terms and organizations. It identifies the important questions to ask, resources to consider, and issues to address.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program business development, commercial corridors, community development, local governments, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), neighborhoods, planning teams