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Corridors to Freedom, Action Research for Emancipation. 2013 Marroquin, Lizeth.

Transit corridors are “not only conduits to move people, freight but also to improve a region’s economy and build more livable communities” (Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota). They may become a catalyst to improve neighborhoods, and strengthen local business.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Creating a Housing Database for the East Side Neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. 1997 Kellner, Stephanie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program databases, East Side neighborhood, housing, inventory, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul, tax data, vacant land
Creating Public Open Spaces: The Midtown Greenway. 2006 Liljegren, Jeff and Jeff Corn.

The Midtown Greenway is a six-mile-long multimodal transit route in south Minneapolis connecting Lake Calhoun to the Mississippi River. The Midtown Greenway Coalition, a community-based nonprofit organization, represents 16 neighborhoods adjacent to the Midtown Greenway corridor. This article reports on a project that involved creating a community planning process, as well as a Public Open Space Vision Plan for 12 potential open space sites along the Midtown Greenway corridor.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, green space, greenways, Midtown Greenway, Mississippi River, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), open space
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in the Bancroft Neighborhood. 1996 Phillips, Eric G. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Bancroft neighborhood, crime prevention, design, environmental design, maps, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
Cultivate Corcoran: An Analysis of the Corcoran Retail Environment 2015 King, Eric

In 2015 the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) began working on developing strategies and methods for cultivating a thriving Corcoran business environment that is supportive and responsive to local resident’s needs in accordance with the CNO Strategic Plan adopted in 2012. Following the key highlights of this strategic plan, CNO has been undertaking efforts to build staff capacity in an attempt to both “strengthen the diverse richness of the area through place-making and the engagement of people,” and “pursue and strengthen partnerships to better serve the community.”

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
CURA & Lyndale Neighborhood Association: the Value of Place-based Organizing. 2010 Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
CURA Indigenous Seed Recipe Report 2015 Pine, Yeoun-Jee Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Defining Personal Financial Assets in the African American Community 2016 Karongo, Lawrence

This report will detail the wealth disparity that is faced nationally through the literature review conducted. To get an understanding of the crisis in Minneapolis, a qualitative study was also conducted along with short analysis of IPUMS USA data. This study is to help understand how wealth accumulation for African Americans is specific to Minneapolis. The study was conducted to understand a multitude of factors about wealth accumulation among African Americans in Minneapolis.

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
Develop and Analyzing the Neighborhood Early Warning System in Hamline-Midway. 2000 Myott, Eric. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program data sharing, distressed property, early warning system, Hamline neighborhood, housing, Midway neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, NEWS Model, St Paul, substandard housing, surveys, vacant housing
Development and Implementation of GIS at East Side Neighborhood Development Company. 2001 Roman, Michelle. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, community development corporations (CDC), Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), consortium, data acquisition, East Side neighborhood, geographic information systems (GIS), neighborhoods, St Paul
Diamond Lake: An Analysis of an Urban Wetland and Projections for the Future. 1997 Miller, Charity. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Diamond Lake neighborhood, environmental, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, projections, wetlands
Disrupting Poverty, Part 1 + 2 2016 Linder, Monique

Mentoring Young Adults (MYA) was founded in 2007 to help develop and empower young adults with a vision for their lives by focusing on leadership, employment housing, education, and entrepreneurial skills development. MYA is the only youth serving organization open on Saturdays and with on-call staff 24/7 and during holidays in Saint Paul North End. MYA programming strives to meet the needs of the diversity of African American and other high-risk youth.

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
District 7 Then and Now: A Summary of Existing Planning Documents 2004 Rausch, Ela Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, demographics, District 7, Frogtown neighborhood, housing, income, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), planning, poverty, race, St Paul, zoning
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
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.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Downtown Saint Paul Retail/Commercial Inventory. 2004 Schaffer, Brian. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commercial, downtowns, economic development, economic indicators, inventory, job creation, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), retail sales, St Paul
East 38th Street Development Study. 1998 Rapp, Gretchen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Bancroft neighborhood, Bryant neighborhood, business development, commercial corridors, East 38th Street, Minneapolis, neighborhood nodes, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Powderhorn Park neighborhood, retailing
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.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
East Side Work Resource HUB Project Study. 1999 Stone, Mellisa, et al. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program agency collaboratives, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), East Side neighborhood, Phillips neighborhood, St Paul
East Side's Main Street Monitors. 1999 Groen, Katie M. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program building permits, business development, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), East Side neighborhood, main street, Payne neighborhood, Phalen neighborhood, St Paul, vacant buildings
Ecology and Geology of the Mississippi River Gorge. 1998 Brewer, Aaron. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program ecology, geology, history, Minneapolis, Mississippi River, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, Riverside Park, Seward neighborhood
Economic Indicators of the Lake Street Corridor. 2010 Diaz, Jose.

The Lake Street corridor is 5-miles stretching west to east from Lake Calhoun to the Mississippi River 30 blocks south of the center of downtown Minneapolis. During the period between 2005 and 2008, three quarters of the street has been under reconstruction. This project and report had two primary goals: First, to present a summary of the changes in two major economic indicators between 2004 and 2006 for the Lake Street Corridor, the number of businesses and the level of sales tax. Second, to identify the impact being in a construction zone may have had on these indicators.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commercial corridors, economic indicators, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Eleanor Graham Community Garden and Ashland Park Design Project. 2008 Skelton, Kathryn

The District 13 Gardens Committee, a subcommittee of the District 13 council, sought a Conceptual Master Plan for the Eleanor Graham Community Garden and the surrounding green space. This project summary shows the community input process and includes a copy of the final site design.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Elliot Park Jobs Project. An Examination into Training Opportunities and Employment Possibilities within the Elliot Park Neighborhood. 1998 Derse, Nicole. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Elliot Park neighborhood, employment, job training, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods
Employer-Assisted Home Ownership. 1999 Rieke, Ann. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, East Side neighborhood, employer programs, homeowners, loan programs, St Paul, surveys
Employment and Business Survey in the Phillips Neighborhood. 1996 Osada, Noriko. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program businesses, economic development, employment, jobs, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Phillips neighborhood, surveys
Environmental Profile of the Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood. 2001 Hackel, Angela. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program air pollution, businesses, environmental justice, environmental profile, industry, Lind-Bohanon neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys, toxic chemicals
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)