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The Cupcake Study: Parking on Five Saint Paul Commercial Corridors— From Strains to Solutions. 2013 Finn, Claire and Madeline Wildeson

The Cupcake Study was inspired by Cupcake, a business that ultimately chose not to open a second location on Grand Avenue due to difficulties related to parking.

This study examined parking issues surrounding Saint Paul’s parking regulations as they relate to small businesses on four commercial corridors.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Community Asset Mapping Project. 2013 Bedor, Mikala M.


In late 2012, the Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection received a grant from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. The Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection sought to understand the gaps and overlaps in the services available to teen mothers, fathers and their children within Hennepin County.

 Project Goals 

There were two primary goals for the Community Asset Mapping Project: 

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Building Art Space Into a New Multi-Use Building. 2013 Nadimi, Virginie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
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
Working with Men to End Violence Against Women: A Qualitative Exploration. 2012 Hernandez-Martinez, Martha.

Despite the number of programs that exist to address intimate partner violence (IPV), there is little consensus about which methods and strategies are the most effective. However, experience has shown that programs are more successful if they are based on methodologies that are flexible enough to take into account both the personal experience of program participants and their culture background.

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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

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Hospitality Training Programs: A Review for Potential in Minnesota. 2012 Cici, Kristen.

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability is a coalition of organizations advocating for public policies that promote equity in urban and suburban development. Our mission is to promote racial, economic and environmental justice in the way economic growth and land development occurs in the Twin Cities region. The Alliance is a member of the HIRE Minnesota coalition, a group of organizations and activists that are working together to end racial disparities in employment in Minnesota.

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Understanding Strategies and Tactics in Commercial Corridor Revitalization. 2012 Dyste, Diana Catherine Dyste.

Selby Avenue was developed in the late 19th century as a bustling commercial route extending west from downtown St. Paul. Its development was in conjunction with the expansion of transportation routes, which both facilitated, and was facilitated by, population growth and suburbanization. At one point, Dale Street was the western most point of development along the avenue, but over time, the commercial route extended past Dale, serving the neighborhoods’ needs both commercially and residentially.

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YOUR IDEA HERE: A Toolkit for Unlocking the Community Potential of Vacant Storefronts. 2012 Evanson, Beth. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Ward 1 Community Survey Plan. 2012 Cici, Kristen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
West Bank Improvement District: A Technical Report. 2012 Gronewold, Sara.

This report seeks to provide the results of continued efforts by the West Bank Business Association (WBBA) to establish a Business Improvement District in the West Bank Neighborhood. As a technical report, it outlines the process steps the WBBA has taken in conjunction with the Cedar Riverside Partnership, the African Development Center, and with the support of research assistance provided by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, to research and implement a working BID model. Additionally, it provides the documentation utilized in these process steps.

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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.

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Growing Community Resilience: Empowering Neighborhoods with Tools of Design for the Northern Climate. 2012 Biebrauer, Anna.

The intent of this handbook is to provide interested urban farmers, gardeners, and community groups with a basic design primer for creating a pocket farm, community garden, or community supported agriculture (CSA). I have gathered basic components of urban agriculture, researched multiple precedents, and offered a design eye about how to arrange them, what to consider, and how each element might be constructed, perceived, or used by farmers and their surrounding community.

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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.

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Appetite for Change Community Cooks: Participant Survey Results. 2012 Cureton, Colin.

Between February and May of 2012 Appetite for Change hosted eight events in its pilot Community Cooks program. Each event was two hours long and consisted of one hour of cooking and a one-hour facilitated dialogue on issues of food, health, and community. Each event was attended by between five and 20 families. The events were designed to be family-friendly and involved specific roles and spaces for youth, teens, and adults. The cooking stations were lead by AFC facilitators and volunteers. The dialogues were facilitated by trained AFC staff.

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Road Construction Business Survival Guide Brochure, 2012. 2012 Stuckmayer, Ethan. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Transportation in the Blake Road Neighborhood: The Uses and Needs of Residents. 2012 Campbell, Nicole.

The Blake Road Neighborhood is a diverse community located in Hopkins, MN. Since 2005, the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative (BRCC) has been working to make improvements and engage residents in the community. During this time there have been at least 7 studies completed in the neighborhood, in addition to Blake Road being one of five Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Building Sustainable Communities locations (www.tclisc.org).

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The Safe Route System in District 1. 2012 Choi, Jong.

A Safe Route system is drafted for the District 1 community, representing the Eastview, Conway, Battle Creek and Highwood Hills neighborhoods of east St. Paul. Where and what kinds of safe routes systems could be built are discussed in detail. Funding opportunities and sources are scrutinized as well.

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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
East Saint Paul: Gateway Transit Corridor Analysis. 2012 Taylor, Jacqueline.

Public transportation is becoming a top priority around the country, particularity in the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The overwhelming success of the Hiawatha light rail, near completion of the Central Corridor light rail, and struggle to raise funding for the Southwest light rail have impacted thousands of residents and businesses over the past decade. These three projects, combined with other mass transit modes combine to form the Twin Cities’ 2030 Transitway System.

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Social Capital and Community Gardens: A Literature Review. 2012 Miller, Keith.

This literature review was conducted to help design the Community Garden Social Impact Assessment Toolkit. The toolkit is a participatory evaluation toolkit that community gardens use to assess the impact a community garden has on building social capital. The literature review has two sections. Section I reviews the key pieces of literature that define social capital. The section also reviews the forms, distinctions, and limits of the social capital concept. Section II reviews the most relevant research literature on social capital and community gardens.

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Community Garden Social Impact Assessment Toolkit. 2012 Miller, Keith.

This toolkit is designed to help community gardens assess their social impact. Social impact is defined as the benefits and resources that are created or shared because of relationships with in and around a community garden. Community gardens help build different kinds of relationships:

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Business and Employment Assessment: Understanding Employment Practices in the Harrison Neighborhood. 2011 Malen, Melissa Peterson.

The Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA), an advocacy and community organizing group, supports both employers in Harrison and residents of Harrison in building economic development opportunities as well as social and economical equity. The HNA is involved in advocating for the community on current topics such as redevelopment planning, light rail transportation planning, and economic development such as advocacy for establishment of businesses in the neighborhood that offer equitable opportunities for residents to obtain products and services as well as potential employment.

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Intergenerational Community as Intervention. 2011 Hackett, Silvana Esposito.

The purpose of this report is to inform the City of Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority about the needs of families with children and of seniors in the northern suburbs of St. Paul. It also explores the feasibility of an intergenerational housing model, which would revolve around a community of interactive affordable senior and family housing, as a possible means to address those needs.

Key Findings ― The needs assessment conducted for the purpose of this study yielded the following results:

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Neighborhood Advocacy for Pedestrian Realm Improvements in the Central Corridor: A Central Corridor Pedestrian Planning Report. 2011 Bonsteel, Hayley. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Church as a Protective Factor in Urban African American Youth. 2011 McDonald, Jessica. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
District 6 Planning Council, Serving the North End/South Como Neighborhoods: Resident Livability Report. 2011 Quan, Tim. 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
Alternative Forms of Historic Designation: A Study of Neighborhood Conservation Districts in the United States. 2011 McClurg, Jessie.

Conservation districts are a planning tool commonly used to preserve distinct neighborhood characteristics. Although not yet widely used in Minnesota, several Twin City neighborhoods have expressed an interest in exploring the implementation of conservation districts as a more flexible alternative to local historic district designation and review procedures. The objective of this study is to summarize the wide range of approaches for creating and maintaining neighborhood conservation districts. Research began in June 2010 with a review of literature related to conservation districts.

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Social Media Use in Neighborhood Associations. 2011 Cici, Kristen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program