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Stevens Square Community Organization Economic Development Study. 2005 Cohen, Parker, and Theresa Drey. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program business development, economic development, market analysis, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), shopping centers, Stevens Square neighborhood, surveys
Commercial Activities in Dayton's Bluff/District 4: A Business Profile for the Dayton's Bluff Community Council. 1997 Colby, Julie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program businesses, Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, industry, maps, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, St Paul, surveys
American Indians on the East Side of St Paul. 2000 Community Outreach Partnership Center, and the American Indian Research and Policy Institute. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program American Indians, business development, community development, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), demographics, education, employment, housing, Native Americans, outreach, students
Understanding the "Walk-In" Phenomenon at the Karen Organization of Minnesota. 2013 Cook, Tonya.

Project Goals: This project sought to gain understanding of the "walk-in" phenomenon at the Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM), where hundreds of Karen people who are not enrolled in any program "walk-in" for various types of assistance every month. The main goal was to gather data about the demographics, needs, and services provided to walk-ins, and also insight into the phenomenon from the perspective of staff at the KOM and walk-ins themselves.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
All Wood Products Neighborhood Dispute Report. 2004 Cornwall, Faith. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program emissions, environmental impacts, environmental protection, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), pollution control, quality of life, St Paul, West Side neighborhood
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
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
Listening to the Community Findings from the Phillips Neighborhood Park System. 2010 Cowell, Amy.

The Phillips Neighborhood Park and Recreation CURA Research Project began as a proposal from the Phillips Community Parks Initiative (PCPI) researching community needs regarding the planning of Phillips Parks and Recreation facilities. The research aims to identify community perceived ムgaps' between community needs and Phillips Park and Recreation services provided.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
A Narrative for Success: Articulating the Value of Hopewell Music Cooperative North 2015 Cowgill, Jonathan

This narrative report uses successful evaluative frameworks and case studies to articulate the value of the Hopewell Music Cooperative North. This narrative shows why Hopewell is an integral part of the local community, identifies its unique attributes, and articulates the value of low and no-cost music education organizations in low-income communities of color.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
A Review of Local Wage Theft Ordinances, Data Practices, & Evaluation Procedures 2016 Cowgill, Jonathan

The phenomenon of wage theft, where employers fail to compensate their employees with the wages due them, is widespread in the United States. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has estimated the amount of wages stolen in the United States to be tens of millions of dollars per year (Winning Wage Justice, 2011), and a 2008 survey of workers in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York found that 68% of those surveyed had experienced at least one pay-related violation during the past week of work (RISEP, 2013).

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Manufactured Home Park Policy Best Practices for Comprehensive Plan Updates 2016 Cowgill, Jonathan & Lovelace, Hilary

This project is part of All Parks Alliance for Change's initiative for engaging the comprehensive planning update process in communities around the Metro area. The projects provides four product deliverables for All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC).

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
A Study of Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) and Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Programs across St. Paul, MN Council Districts 2016 Cowgill, Jono and Lovelace, Hilary

This report analyzes 10 years of Capital Improvement Budget data. It finds that spending is unequal across the City, with some indications that it is also inequitable. In particular, the analysis shows east side planning districts experiencing pronounced disadvantages. Through interviews with individuals involved in the CIB process, the report also finds that the allocation process does not explicitly take into account geographic balance or racial equity.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
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
A Guide to Neighborhood Assessment: A Student Workbook. 2003 Crump, Jeff, and students in DHA 2453: Housing and Community Development, University of Minnesota. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program assessment, housing stock, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, workbook
Job Disparities and Economic Development Opportunities. 2006 Cunningham, Yolanda.

This report is intended to answer specific research questions regarding employment and contracting opportunities for minorities working for the city of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The report resulted from a project undertaken with African American Action Committee that (1) collected data on current employment disparities and hiring practices by the city related to people of color and (2) collected data on the construction contracts awarded by the city to minority contractors, developers, architects, and suppliers.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, disparity, economic development, employees, employers, employment, job evaluation, jobs, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Twin Cities
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.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Farmland Preservation in Scott and Dakota Counties 2011 Cureton, Colin.

Agriculture in Minnesota has, as in much of the country, been going through a tumultuous transition. The loss of the small farm is a common story, as is the tendency toward agricultural consolidation and a general loss of farmland due to development pressure. Amidst these changes, land use and agricultural preservation policies are also put in place at the State, county, township, and local levels. Some of these policies encourage development, some attempt to preserve farmland and succeed, and others attempt to preserve farmland but fall short.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Mississippi Corridor Neighborhood Coalition (MCNC) Environmental Inventory Report. 2002 Da Gama Rose, Mark-Anthony. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program corridors, emissions, environmental inventory, environmental profile, Mississippi River, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), planning, pollution control
SECIA - Environmental Inventory. 2002 Da Gama Rose, Mark-Anthony. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Como neighborhood, emissions, environmental inventory, environmental profile, Internet, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), planning, pollution control, St Paul
An Analysis of the Population and Housing Characteristics of Longfellow Neighborhood and Recommendations to Inform the Development of a Housing Strategy. 2005 Dalnes, Breanne. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, demographics, housing, housing demand, housing developments, housing policy, housing stock, Longfellow neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP)
Evaluation of the Dayton's Bluff Children's Stability Project, Year Two. 2001 Davis, Laura. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), Dayton's Bluff Children's Stability Project (DBCSP), Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, housing, mobility, St Paul, students, surveys
Aiming Higher: East Side Work Resource Hub Evaluation. 2000 Davis, Laura. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), East Side neighborhood, economic development, employers, employment growth, job evaluation, job growth, jobs, St Paul, workers
Homeownership and Community Building on the East Side of St. Paul. 1999 Davis, Laura. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), East Side neighborhood, Home Link, homeowners, housing, low-income groups, minorities, mortgages, St Paul
LEED for Neighborhood Development and the Loring Park Neighborhood. 2010 DeCoursey, Jillian. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
LRT Station Location and Configuration: Impacts andImplications for Development along the Central Corridor. 2008 Delaney, Will Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
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
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
Indigenous Evaluations: Fostering a Healing Community. 2013 DeMuth, Scott.

The Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) is one of the first culturally-relevant emergency shelters for American Indian youth in Minnesota. In 2009, ADYC began to redesign and implement a culturally-relevant evaluation model. The research project funded by the CURA-Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program had the goal of developing evaluation mechanisms and tools that are consistent with ADYC’s evaluation matrix, that are done in a culturally-appropriate way, and that measure the impact ADYC programs have on the holistic success of American Indian youth and families.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
NOMI Final Report. 2010 Denzer, Kristin.

The NOMI Project started as a group of real estate professionals and others interested in changing the perception of North Minneapolis through grassroots word of mouth, to be later supplemented by larger efforts in the media. The group distributed brochures listing many of the positive assets of the area. The GLBT Northsiders group conducted a series of Get to NOMI tours for potential homebuyers over the summer of 2008. A research assistant was hired to research economic sustainability and the assets that lead to positive community development.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Funding Collaboratives for Neighborhood Organizations: An Analysis of Local and National Experiences. 2000 Derse, Nicole. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program collaboratives, community building, funding, history, Minneapolis, neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul