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North Minneapolis Southeast Asian Initiative Project Evaluation. 2002 Vang, Friendly. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Cleveland neighborhood, evaluation, Hawthorne neighborhood, Hmong, Jordan neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), planning, Southeast Asians
The Green Line Walkability Survey: Routes to Rails in the Central Corridor 2013 Vargo, Scott.

In 2014, the 11-mile light rail Green Line will open for service in the Central Corridor transitway. Running through the core of the Minneapolis-St Paul Metropolitan Region, the line’s 18 new stations will serve eight urban neighborhoods; two downtowns each with a multi-modal transportation hub; several educational and health institutions; the state capital complex; and a diverse mix of retail, commercial, and industrial districts.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Documenting & Improving Alliance Housing’s Landscaping Assets 2015 Vernon, Dawn

Born out of the vision of St. Stephens’ Catholic Church community in 1991, Alliance Housing Inc.’s mission is to change lives and build stronger communities by providing housing stability for very low income individuals and families in Minneapolis and the wider Twin Cities metro area. Dawn Vernon cataloged Alliance’s landscaping assets by text and graphics at its 22 properties in south and north Minneapolis. This project summary shows some examples of the documentation.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Strategies in Dealing with Problem Properties in Dayton's Bluff. 1999 Villares, Gonzalo. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, early warning system, East Side neighborhood, housing stock, problem properties, St Paul
The Rondo Neighborhood & African American History in St. Paul, MN: 1900s to Current 2015 Volante, Alisha

Rondo Avenue Inc. is dedicated to preserving, conserving, and accurately interpreting the contributions of African-Americans to the City of St. Paul. It is because of this that they are putting together a digital collection of documents that discuss the impact and repercussions of the construction of I-94 on Saint Paul’s black community of Rondo. A student researcher is needed to compile research on the history and destruction of Rondo by the construction of I-94 by creating a Finding Aid. By doing so, it will make information on Rondo more accessible to interested parties.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Public History Community Research Project for St. Paul Model Cities: St. Paul’s Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, 1925-1941 2015 Volante, Alisha

Model Cities is a 501 (c) (3) private non-profit organization created in 1967 to address health disparities and increase health access among residents of St. Paul’s Summit-University community. Model Cities’ vision is to be actively engaged in the development of urban communities through family support services, affordable housing development, homeownership counseling, commercial revitalization and economic development, principally for low and moderate-income residents.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Liberty Plaza Residents Survey Report - 2003. 2004 Vue, Neng.

Liberty Plaza (LP) is an affordable housing development located in the Summit-University neighborhood(District 8) in the City of St. Paul. LP consists of fourteen buildings. Within these buildings, there are 173units consisting of seventy- six apartments (10-efficiency, 42-one bedroom, 24-two bedroom units) and ninety-seven multi-level town homes (16- two bedroom and 81-three bedroom units). The property was developed in 1968 by Liberty Plaza, Inc., which is a non-profit corporation controlled by Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church (DAPC).

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
Tracking Impacts of Welfare Reform in the Phillips Neighborhood: Food Shelves, Child Care, and Housing. 1998 Wang, Emily Li-wen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program childcare, food shelves, housing, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Phillips neighborhood, surveys, welfare reform
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)
Affordable Housing Development for Asian Americans. 2001 Wee, Jia Khiun. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, loan programs, Minneapolis, Minnesota Center for Survey Research (MCSR), minorities, mortgages, Southeast Asians, St Paul
The History and Health Consequences of the Arsenic Contamination in and Around the CMC Heartland Lite Yard Site in South Minneapolis. 2005 Wei-Ho, Sing.

The Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis has dealt with numerous environmental pollutants in the last few decades. Arsenic is the latest contaminant to be added to this burden. This paper examines the issue of arsenic contamination in soil and groundwater in Phillips and surrounding communities by explaining the context of location, identifying potential health effects, summarizing the history of this contamination, and identifying options for community involvement.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), pollution control
Linden Hills Library Community Survey: Final Report. 1995 Weigle, Mark J. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program historic preservation, libraries, Linden Hills neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, surveys
Mobile Justice': A Study of the Effects of Transportation Projects on Manufactured Home Parks. 2009 Weiner, Elliot

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. Transportation projects effect manufactured home parks across the state.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, manufactured housing, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), transportation, Twin Cities
Mobile Justice': A Study of the Effects of Transportation Projects on Manufactured Home Parks. 2010 Weiner, Elliot.

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.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, manufactured housing, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), transportation planning
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
Cooperative Recycling in Dinkytown: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. A Resource Guide for the Dinkytown Business Association (DBA). 1997 Williams, Andy. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program businesses, Dinkytown, Marcy Holmes neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), recycling
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
Ryan Lake Trail Concept Plan. 2003 Wilson, Craig. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program bike paths, environmental design, gardens, green space, land use, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), trails, transportation, Victory neighborhood
A REVIEW OF MINNESOTA MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES: 2004-2014, Impacts on Mental Health Providers 2015 Woelfel, Amanda

In response to comments from mental health providers that Medical Assistance rates are insufficient to provide quality care, and have been falling behind over time, the author and facilitators of this study have reviewed the impact of the last 10 years of rate changes in Minnesota for mental health services under Medicaid.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Examination of Beltrami Youth and Senior Activities. 1998 Wolfgram, Rebecca and Joy Parizek. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program aged, Beltrami County, elderly, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), neighborhoods, seniors, surveys, youth
Housing Activity in Minneapolis: How MCDA Housing Policies Affect the Neighborhoods in Minneapolis. 1998 Wong, Linda. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program housing policy, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA), Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), United Neighborhoods
Equity, Gentrification, and Light Rail. 2010 Young, Kelcie.

The Central Corridor Equity Coalition requested research on the impacts of light rail transit on community change and displacement. This report is a summary of previous academic research on gentrification and light rail, followed by a census analysis comparing communities before and after light rail construction. This analysis reveals questionable ties between LRT and gentrification, but communities must still act to address concerns and prevent displacement. The next section describes tools and programs to prevent displacement, followed by a summary of advice from other communities.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Single Parents Building Community in the Corcoran Neighborhood. 1995 Zanmiller, Mary C. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Corcoran neighborhood, housing, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, single parents
Twin Cities Community Garden Resource Guide. 2002 Zaro-Moore, Kyla. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community, directory, gardens, Green Institute, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, St Paul, Twin Cities
How to Record the Oral History of Your Neighborhood. 2001 Zeitler, Jeff. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program interviews, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, oral history, Seward neighborhood
Evaluating Redevelopment on Lyndale. 2001 Zhang, Jun. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program business development, industry, land use, Lind-Bohanon neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys