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Stabilizing Housing Careers and Building Community. 2011 Miller, Keith Sterling.

The mission of Urban Homeworks (UHW) is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces dignified housing for very‐low income families, a strategic network of good neighbors, and the redemptive development of real estate. Urban Homeworks focuses its work in neighborhood clusters that are 2 city blocks by 2 city blocks called PODs.

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
Business Improvement Districts in the Twin Cities: Opportunities and Challenges. 2011 Gronewold, Sara.

Business Improvement Districts are a form of public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to pay an additional assessment to be used for maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial area. The have gained popularity across the United States over the past thirty years as a powerful means for neighborhoods and commercial districts to invest in and revitalize their commercial and residential interests.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Business Improvement Districts: An Introduction. 2011 Gronewold, Sara.

This report is a media kit and timeline to accompany CURA report NPCR-1363 titled Business Improvement Districts in the Twin Cities: Opportunities and Challenges also by Sara Groneweld.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
The Prostitution Project: Community-Based Research on Sex Trading in North Minneapolis. 2010 Martin, Lauren.

In 2005, a group of north Minneapolis stakeholders became fed up with the sex trade taking place on the streets of their community and were determined to see these transactions stop, or at least to happen somewhere else. At the time, the voices and experi­ences of those who trade sex were not yet part of the community discussion about how to stop prostitution.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program prostitutes, prostitution
Assessing Public Parking Demand at Southwest Lake and Hiawatha. 2010 Bergman, Sasha. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Westland Commons Development: Vision & Design Guidelines for a Sustainable Development-St. Paul’s North End. 2010 Turner, Elizabeth. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Smith Avenue: A Historical Overview 1950-Present. 2010 Harnik, Rebecca. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Sustaining Affordable Housing in the Central Corridor - The Neighborhood Connection. 2010 Pates, Greg. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, light-rail transit (LRT), Minneapolis, St Paul
Block-based Neighborhood Stabilization. 2010 Moen, Casie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Preventing Foreclosures in North Minneapolis: An Evaluative Study of the Northside Community Reinvestment Coalition’s Foreclosure Prevention Outreach Project. 2010 Moen, Casie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
CURA & Lyndale Neighborhood Association: the Value of Place-based Organizing. 2010 Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Going Beyond the Art: A Program Evaluation of Juxtaposition Arts Between 2005 and 2009. 2010 Leonard, Alecia. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Industrial Land Use and Environmental Impacts: A GIS Study of The East Side of Minneapolis. 2010 Truax, Peter. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Market Survey of In-Home Health Care Providers. 2010 Nelson, Erika Grace.

As the North East Senior Citizen Resource Center (NESCRC) moves into 2009, it seeks new and creative ways to serve seniors residing in Columbia Heights, St. Anthony, and Northeast Minneapolis to further its mission: 'Helping Seniors Live Independently With Dignity.' Providing care in a senior's home can not only be more cost effective for seniors and their families, but also better for a senior's morale, and as a result, his or her health.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
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)
Lyndale Neighborhood Association Problem Properties Handbook. 2010 Thurnau, Kody.

The Memphis Community Development Partnership defines problem properties quite effectively as, 'ナany abandoned, vacant or occupied structure, lot or premise, which creates dangerous conditions that significantly affect the public health, safety, and welfare including but not limited to fire hazards, unsanitary conditions, criminal activities, general dilapidation and structural deficiencies' (2004). It was the goal of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) located in south Minneapolis to develop a system so that they can better address problem properties in their neighborhood.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Blue Thumb: Connecting Native Plant Growers with Buyers. 2010 Qualley, Kay.

This report focuses on group sessions that sought to answer four main questions for the East Metro Water Resource Education Program partners: 1) What landscaping preferences do people have for their yards or those of their workplaces? 2) How many people have heard of raingardens or the Blue Thumb program? 3) How concerned are people about water quality issues? 4) What opinions do people have about raingardens and natural landscaping?

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Seward Strategies to Enhance Walking and Biking. 2010 Pagel, Elise. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Positive East Side Survey. 2010 Jalali, Bijan.

In recent years, the reputation of Saint Paul's East Side has suffered too often as a result of its constant association with predominantly negative stories in the media. The comprehensive East Side community represents over 1/3 of St. Paul but is frequently mistaken as one neighborhood instead of several. This harmful notion - along with the redistricting that has left several legislators, commissioners, and city council members with a 'piece of the East Side' - contributes to the stigmatization of an entire group when the actions of a few make media headlines.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
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)
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)
Farmers Market Model Research. 2010 Eschenbacher, Heidi.

Many farmers' markets rely heavily on volunteers. This is and will continue to be no exception for the Kingfield Farmers' Market as it moves from a neighborhood organization supported event to a volunteer run operation. The Kingfield Farmers Market committee is working through it's organizational structure, such as finding a fiscal agent and becoming a non-profit organization. This report does not cover the details of becoming a non-profit organization. It will, however, describe considerations for a volunteer managed farmers' market and other markets that have had volunteer beginnings.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Lucy Craft Laney Campus Redesign Master Plan. 2010 Maleitzke, Adam.

The Lucy Craft Laney School is a 2-story, 1,000-student school building that was constructed in 2001. Located along Penn Avenue north of Lowry in North Minneapolis, the school is adjacent to Cleveland Park and 1 block northeast of the now-demolished Cleveland School. Lucy Craft Laney, the school's namesake, was a gifted and dedicated 19th century educator. Ms. Laney's committment to students, learning and literacy motivated her to found the Haines Institute, a school for African American children.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
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)
Bridging the Gap. 2010 Johnson, Wade.

Highway 280 presents a barrier between southwest Saint Anthony Park and the rest of the neighborhood to the east, between Saint Anthony Park and Prospect Park, and between Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Easily crossable by car, navigating Highway 280 by foot or bicycle presents significant challenges.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
A Business Plan and Community Vision for a Productive Greenhouse in Seward. 2010 Sheridan, Megan.

A recent and powerful local foods movement has swept our nation's social consciousness. Among the front runners in this revolutionary movement is the city of Minneapolis. In response, Seward Redesign has sought to develop a local food program of its own in the form of an urban agriculture project. The goals of this project were to research and obtain funding for start-up costs, identify an operator, and develop a business plan for an economically viable urban farm.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
A Master Plan for Miriam Park. 2010 Maleitzke, Adam.

For over 120 years, Merriam Park has been an urban oasis for the surrounding neighborhood. However, as time passed, the park fell victim to a number of disturbances. In the 1960s, grand ponds and a stone bridge were demolished to make way for Interstate 94, and more recently, a cell tower was installed at the northern edge of the park. As a result of these disturbances, the Union Park Parks & Recreation Committee formed in order to make recommendations about planning for the future of Merriam Park.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Envisioning a Permanent Home for the Midtown Farmers' Market. 2010 Maleitzke, Adam.

The Midtown Farmers Market (MFM), a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), brings all-local food and goods to 40,000 people each year. MFM supports over 70 farmers and vendors, has brought $1 million in opportunity to Lake Street and is a cornerstone of the redevelopment plan shared by the neighborhood and the City. Through a generous no-cost lease provided by Minneapolis Public Schools, MFM has become a fixture of 2225 E Lake Street for six successful seasons. However, the future of this site is unclear.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Report on the State of Public Art in the West Side Neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota. 2010 Principe, Carlos.

The need for inquiry on the state of public art has come as result of signs of physical deterioration on some existing public art pieces in the West Side neighborhood, in Saint Paul. The absence of a maintenance plan to sustain the physical conditions of public art in the West Side has raised concerns among many community members and leaders.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)