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Art Center Case Studies: A Comparative Report on Five Art Center Spaces and Design Decisions. 2006 Christenson, Erica.

Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) is located in the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood, just south of downtown Minneapolis. The purpose of this report is to document examples of other art centers that have undergone a move or redesign to better serve their membership and the public. Information was gathered through personal interviews, literature reviews, and Internet searches. The examples were chosen because the centers were comparable to SSCA in terms of size, mission, community connections, and accessibility.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program artists, arts education, case studies, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), public services, redevelopment, Stevens Square neighborhood
More than Just Bricks and Mortar': A History of Redevelopment Efforts along the East Franklin Avenue Corridor, 1982-2007. 2007 Delaney, Will.

The stretch of East Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis situated between I-35W and Hiawatha Avenue is a corridor of central importance to the surrounding Phillips/Ventura Village neighborhood. It is a distinctive corridor known for many years as the visible face of a 'troubled' and 'blighted' neighborhood. More recently, however, the corridor has become known for a renewed vibrancy in its economic and pedestrian life, what many observers see as the fruits of years and years of efforts to rebuild and revitalize the area.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commercial, community planning, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), partnerships, Phillips neighborhood, storefronts
Longfellow Community Population and Housing Characteristics, 1940-2000. 2007 Boettcher, Nick.

This report presents U.S. Census data for the Longfellow community over the 60 years from 1940 to 2000 and analyzes the data for trends and differences between the community and the city of Minneapolis as a whole, as well as between different areas of the community.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program demographics, history, Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Johnson Street Business District Parking Study. 2007 Rosenberg, Jeff.

The Johnson Street business district in the Audubon Park neighborhood of Minneapolis is a thriving, neighborhood-scale commercial node. In the next several years, it is poised to see the development of a number of new businesses, most notably the revitalization of the Hollywood Theater. With those new developments will come a large increase in the demand for parking. In anticipation of the new development, this study was commissioned by the Audubon Neighborhood Association.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Audubon Park neighborhood, commercial corridors, community development, land use, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), parking, redevelopment, traffic
Bottineau Neighborhood Housing Inventory and Analysis. 2007 Corradini, Greg.

This project involved a housing inventory and analysis in the Bottineau neighborhood of Minneapolis that took into account six variables: architectural style, massing (building area compared with parcel area), primary exterior, R2B parcel area, setback, and building use (focusing on single-family conversions).

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Bottineau neighborhood, community design, community planning, housing inventory, land use, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
University Communities Housing Needs Survey. 2007 Ayers, Matthew.

The rise in demand for undergraduate housing near the University of Minnesota has led to a considerable loss of owner-occupied homes in the area, due to buy-outs and the deteriorating sense of safety and community associated with these areas. To address their community concerns, the university-area neighborhoods of Marcy- Holmes, Southeast Como, and Prospect Park commissioned a survey to better understand the housing needs of the faculty and staff at the university, as well as graduate students, alumni, and retired faculty.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commuting, Marcy Holmes neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Prospect Park neighborhood, rental housing, residential choice, Southeast Como neighborhood, University of Minnesota, urban university
Residential Investment Activities in West Side Saint Paul. 2007 Rohrer, Amanda.

The Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA) had concerns about whether equity stripping was taking place in their targeted investment program area of St. Paul. Of particular interest was whether the owners of single-family homes and duplexes were converting the increased equity of rental properties to cash, without making necessary repairs to maintain the quality of their investment. To understand what was happening in this neighborhood, a graduate student research assistant examined evidence of investment and disinvestment in several census blocks within NeDA's target area on St.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program disinvestment, housing, mortgages, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul
Harrison Neighborhood Association Anti-Racism Project Summary. 2007 Hansen, Toran.

The Harrison neighborhood is located in North Minneapolis. This project was part of an ongoing effort of Harrison residents to promote racial and economic equity using an anti-racist analysis. The report contains four institutionalized racism cases: (1) The case of Bobby William's gas stations in Harrison; (2) The history of segregation and the concentration of poverty in Harrison; (3) The Hollman Decree; (4) An anti-racist analysis of the Harrison Neighborhood Association itself.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, Hmong, immigrants, low income, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), poverty, race, racism, Somalis
Oromo Community Engagement: Bridging Social Capital in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood. 2007 Blevins, Jennifer.

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis is located adjacent to the University of Minnesota on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It has served as a settlement for new immigrants for over two centuries, starting with the influx of families from Scandinavian countries during the 1800's. One of the newest immigrant groups to enter the scene of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is the Oromo, the largest cultural group within the Horn of Africa, centered in Ethiopia.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community partnerships, community planning, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), organizing, outreach
The Effects of Prostitution on North Minneapolis Residents. 2007 Gustavson, Jennifer.

takeholders 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 reviews a survey of residents who answered questions about the impact of prostitution on their lives.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program crime, Folwell neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, prostitutes, prostitution, sex workers, survey research
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
Best Practices for Spending Phase II Housing Dollars: Recommendations for the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization. 2007 Warren, Emily.

As many neighborhoods in Minneapolis begin planning or implementing their allotted Phase II funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), many do so with a weary eye towards the future of neighborhood planning and support. At the time of this report, Phase II remains the final phase for which funds have been allocated for neighborhoods, with the future of NRP uncertain at best. This has caused neighborhood organizations and residents to wonder how they will remain sustainable when NRP support ends, which is expected to occur in 2009.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, Corcoran neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP)
Fighting Graffiti: An Investigation of Causes and Solutions. 2007 Allen, Daniel.

Beginning in the summer of 2005 and into the following winter, the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA) received a number of complaints related to graffiti. In most cases, concerned residents had been vandalized and subsequently took note of the extent of graffiti in the area. To address the problem, SENA formed a Graffiti Task Force in March, 2006. Initial meetings were dedicated to brainstorming potential solutions and gathering information. This report investigates the extent of the problem, and provides direction for future resident and SENA action addressing graffiti.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program gangs, graffiti, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), quality of life
Community-Owned Affordable Housing - Is it Practical? 2007 Wells, Julia.

This study reviews and evaluates the Lexington-Hamline Community Council's affordable housing program. Throughout the past twenty years in which Lex-Ham has owned the seven houses, many challenges have arisen, and the council has had to reconsider the ultimate goals of the council itself, as well as the goals of the housing program specifically. Operating a community-owned housing program takes a considerable amount of time, money, and other limited resources.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program housing programs, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Ramsey County, St Paul
The Effects of Prostitution on Businesses in North Minneapolis. 2007 Russell, Wynfred N.

According to the Folwell Center for Urban Initiatives and the Minneapolis Police Department Fourth Precinct, there are approximately 30 to 40 habitual prostitutes roaming the streets of North Minneapolis at no specific hours of the day or night, with visible concentration between 4 am to 7 am and 3 pm to 7 pm. This is when johns (clients) are known to drive through the area on their way to and from work.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commercial, crime, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, prostitution
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
North St. Paul Oral History. 2007 Stanich, Nicole.

The North St. Paul Arts Council needed help with an oral history project to inform the creation of murals to be painted in North St. Paul. North St. Paul is going through a transition. Highway 36, which was built in 1933, divided the town in two. The highway is now being reconstructed, and many residents are concerned about the effect this highway project will have on the town. The new highway offers an opportunity for the community to become structurally unified and for its members to renew their sense of commitment to the town.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program artists, arts, community building, community design, historic preservation, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North St Paul, Ramsey County, transportation
Oromo Community Engagement in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood. 2007 Blevins, Jennifer.

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis, located adjacent to the University of Minnesota on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, has served as a settlement for new immigrants for more than two centuries, starting with the influx of families from Eastern European countries during the 1800s. More recently, significant numbers of immigrants from Africa, and to a lesser degree Asia and Latin America, have chosen this neighborhood as their new home.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, diversity, immigrants, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, Oromo
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
Building Community Connections: An Evaluation of the Seward Neighborhood Group's Resident Facilitation Services at Seward Towers East and West. 2007 Delaney, William.

The purpose of this report is to evaluate the current state of resident facilitation services provided by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) at the Seward Towers. The Seward Towers (Seward Tower East and Seward Tower West) collectively provide affordable housing to almost 900 people. The residents of the towers are a diverse group, including a significant percentage of senior citizens, with a majority of the total population being immigrants and refugees from East Africa.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, community partnerships, community programs, evaluations, low income, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Somalis, subsidized housing, surveys
West Broadway Gateway Project. 2007 Wilson, Craig.

Juxtaposition Arts collaborated with Hawthorne Area Community Council, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council, and West Broadway Area Coalition to plan for a gateway project along West Broadway Avenue. The collaboration sought assistance from CURA to conduct background research and develop a plan for the gateway.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, arts education, Blacks, community design, livability, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, parks, pedestrians, planning, sculpture, youth
ReMix Project: Juxtaposition Arts 2007 Bell, Joyce.

The Speak Your Mind campaign is a part of Juxtaposition Arts' larger Minneapolis North Side ReMix project, a grassroots redevelopment and city beautification program, which is adding public art to the north side piece by piece. The project is envisioned as a form of multicultural community organizing, bringing together Black, White, and Asian students to work on a project towards community change. This project summary outlines the process.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, arts, arts education, Asian Americans, community design, community partnerships, crime, Hmong, livability, minorities, murals, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, planning, quality of life, sculpture
St. Paul Festivals: Cinco de Mayo, Dragon Festival, Highland Fest and Grand Old Days. 2007 Salk, Raintry.

The Saint Paul Festival Association (SPFA) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to promote and support St. Paul's community festivals while celebrating the city's cultural and ethnic diversity. SPFA represents eleven community festivals in the city and provides group marketing and networking opportunities to members. Despite strong attendance and increasing community interest in the festivals, details on visitation to these events and their subsequent impact remain unknown. This report provides information about the visitor base for four St.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Asians, cultural, Hispanics, Latinos, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Ramsey County, St Paul, survey design, survey research
On Quantifying the Economic Impact of the Arts in the Minneapolis Arts District. 2007 Maleitzke, Adam.

Northeast Minneapolis, the city's oldest area, has undergone a major economic transformation in the past 15 years. A collection of warehouses and storefronts that were abandoned as the economy evolved away from industry were converted to homes and studios for enterprising artists. With affordable rents and relatively easy access to transportation and the central business district, an arts community quickly developed in Northeast.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Northeast Community Development Corporation (NECDC), Northeast neighborhood
Traffic Literature Review: Congestion and Quality of Intersections. 2008 Bass, Patricia

Due to the heavy use of the University corridor and Snelling Avenue, their junction is a key intersection for St Paul. The resulting traffic congestion can be both a burden and a benefit to the Hamline Midway neighborhood. This was brought to the attention of the media in 2006, when the city of St Paul published the Snelling/University Capacity Study, proposing that the level of traffic congestion is high enough, and the level of service of the intersection low enough that action should be taken to increase the transportation capacity there. This study provokes several questions.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, community planning, demographics, District 7, economic development, education, employment, Frogtown neighborhood, housing, jobs, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul, Thomas-Dale neighborhood
The MN Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral and Other Property Tax Relief Programs for Seniors. 2008 Gianoulis, John Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program benefits, Ericsson neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), seniors, Standish neighborhood, Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA), tax relief, taxes, websites
Shingle Creek Elementary Re-use Options: A Feasibility Study and Impact Analysis. 2008 Arbit, David

Bounded on the north side and east side by Creekview Park, on the west side by Oliver Avenue North, and on the south side by 50th Avenue North, the Shingle Creek Elementary School (SCE) has been educating children since 1958. SCE previously housed kindergarten through fifth grade educational programs for the Minneapolis Public School District (MPS). SCE is situated in the Shingle Creek Neighborhood of the Camden Community in North Minneapolis. The SCE property is a 166,422 sq. ft.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program adaptive reuse, buildings, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
The Quarry: A Planning and Development History of the Northeast Minneapolis Retail Center. 2008 Crockett, Richard

This narrative attempts to capture the planning and development history of a decade old Northeast Minneapolis retail center. It is not intended to be comprehensive in nature, but instead provide baseline knowledge on different elements of the Quarry's story that can be traced to facts in the public record. Conversations with people involved with the complex's development also led to many insights found in the report, but also led to limitations. The result is a complex history of different levels of clarity and completeness.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program businesses, history, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), retail, Windom Park Citizens in Action, Windom Park neighborhood
Minnehaha Avenue Retail Market Analysis. 2008 Patterson, Dan

The Minnehaha Avenue Task Force formed under the direction of the Longfellow Community Council's Neighborhood Development Caucus to promote revitalization on Minnehaha Avenue in the Longfellow, Howe and Hiawatha neighborhoods. Twenty-one task force members met over three months to identify revitalization strategies, build a community network connected to the avenue and recommend to LDC funding priorities for the avenue.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program businesses, Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), storefronts
The Impact of St. Paul Vacant Buildings on Neighboring Property Values. 2008 Corradini, Greg Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, foreclosures, housing, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), problem properties, St Paul, vacant buildings