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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
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)
Bridging Social Capital: Responsive Listening Project. 2010 Anthony, Summer.

Together with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM), Southeast Asian Community Council (SEACC), and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) is acting as the lead organization in a four organization partnership working in North Minneapolis. The multi-cultural partnership with an Undoing Racism framework has led to HNA's organizational focus on racial and economic justice.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Asian Americans, Harrison neighborhood, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), North Minneapolis
Twin Cities Pride Festival & Parade Attendee Profile. 2010 Cici, Kristen. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Cedar‐Riverside Parks and the Mississippi River. 2010 Hollenkamp, Lucas. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
LEED for Neighborhood Development and the Loring Park Neighborhood. 2010 DeCoursey, Jillian. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Multimodal Transportation at the Franklin Portland Gateway. 2009 Epperson, Dawn. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Bottineau Neighborhood Master Plan. 2009 Spencer, Eden. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
A Report to the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs by Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning. 2009 Carlson, Matt

This report describes work performed by the Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning (SEMCOL) in the summer of 2008.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program education, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), students
Sparc's Willow Reserve Project. 2009 Turner, Elizabeth

The Willow Reserve Project location is a large piece of land owned by Sparc on the NE corner of Maryland and Arundel in St. Paul. Sparc purchased the land in 2005 and hopes to develop it sometime in the next five years. Sparc decided to purchase the land as the availability to purchase a site of this caliber in older neighborhoods is very rare. Furthermore, Sparc wanted to ensure the neighborhood had input into the final development.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), St Paul
Research to Update and Expand Old Highland Neighborhood Walking Tour, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2009 Dow, Candace

The geographic area for this study in North Minneapolis covered the 30 blocks served by the Old Highland Neighborhood Association (OHNA) bounded on the north by West Broadway Avenue, on the east by Aldrich Avenue North, on the south by Plymouth Avenue North, and on the west by the alley west of Girard Avenue North. Appendix 1 has the neighborhood map. The project sought information about the 290 buildings in the residential area only.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program historic preservation, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), walking tour
Reconnecting the Urban Landscape. 2009 Maleitzke, Adam

University Avenue, a historic stretch of road linking the Minnesota Capitol in Saint Paul with Northeast Minneapolis, is arguably the most historically important and diverse stretch of road in the state. For years, University Avenue has been home to a sprawling heavy manufacturing and industrial area, known as the Midway Industrial District. Naturally, heavy rail infrastructure was built to serve industrial properties, eventually forming a dense network of arteries and spurs. Moreover, for over 50 years, University Avenue was an auto-oriented corridor.This will soon change.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), transit
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
Affordable Housing Siting Opportunities in Minneapolis. 2008 Robinson, Rachel C.. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Liberty Plaza Residents Survey. 2008 Magadance, Chelsea

The Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation (TCHDC) is a non-for-profit developer and owner of affordable rental housing for families in the Twin Cities area. It was established in 1984 with the original mission to help the Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul provide affordable housing for low and moderate-income families. Due to the needs of residents of certain properties, targeted resident services were initiated at selected developments to strengthen the economic self-sufficiency of families, as well as to improve the academic achievements of their children.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program evaluation, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul
Traffic Literature Review: Congestion and Quality of Intersections. 2008 Bass, Patricia

Due to the heavy use of the University corridor and Snelling Avenue, their junction is a key intersection for St Paul. The resulting traffic congestion can be both a burden and a benefit to the Hamline Midway neighborhood. This was brought to the attention of the media in 2006, when the city of St Paul published the Snelling/University Capacity Study, proposing that the level of traffic congestion is high enough, and the level of service of the intersection low enough that action should be taken to increase the transportation capacity there. This study provokes several questions.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, community planning, demographics, District 7, economic development, education, employment, Frogtown neighborhood, housing, jobs, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul, Thomas-Dale neighborhood
The MN Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral and Other Property Tax Relief Programs for Seniors. 2008 Gianoulis, John Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program benefits, Ericsson neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), seniors, Standish neighborhood, Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA), tax relief, taxes, websites
Shingle Creek Elementary Re-use Options: A Feasibility Study and Impact Analysis. 2008 Arbit, David

Bounded on the north side and east side by Creekview Park, on the west side by Oliver Avenue North, and on the south side by 50th Avenue North, the Shingle Creek Elementary School (SCE) has been educating children since 1958. SCE previously housed kindergarten through fifth grade educational programs for the Minneapolis Public School District (MPS). SCE is situated in the Shingle Creek Neighborhood of the Camden Community in North Minneapolis. The SCE property is a 166,422 sq. ft.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program adaptive reuse, buildings, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
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
Minnehaha Avenue Retail Market Analysis. 2008 Patterson, Dan

The Minnehaha Avenue Task Force formed under the direction of the Longfellow Community Council's Neighborhood Development Caucus to promote revitalization on Minnehaha Avenue in the Longfellow, Howe and Hiawatha neighborhoods. Twenty-one task force members met over three months to identify revitalization strategies, build a community network connected to the avenue and recommend to LDC funding priorities for the avenue.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program businesses, Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), storefronts
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
Minneapolis Housing Cost Trends. 2008 Patnode, Katherine

Minneapolis has seen a change in the housing market over the past few years. From 2001 to 2004 there was a steady increase in residential sales. 2005 marked the beginnings of a decline in sales that would continue through 2006. There was an 11% drop in housing sales from 2005, with 7,422 units sold, to 2006, with 6,616 units sold.1 These housing units include single-family homes and townhomes. While the residential sales have been decreasing, the median home price keeps rising. This leads to the purpose of this research.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Sheridan Veterans Memorial. 2008 Larson, Andrew

Sheridan Neighborhood Organization wished to include a memorial in a park being planned along the Mississippi River that would serve as a tribute to Minnesotans who served their country in war as well as include a component that sought to put the concept of peace into a concrete, tangible form. The writing of the veterans memorial component of the project was straightforward, consisting of the dates of the conflict, the number perished, a brief description of the conflict, and a quote of someone involved in it.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program history, military, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Preserving Homeownership in North Minneapolis: Responding to the Impact of Foreclosures. 2008 Erickson, Alyssa

Imagine what the public reaction would be if a tsunami destroyed over 2,000 homes in one area, leaving 2,000 families without shelter or assets. North Minneapolis is now experiencing such a tidal wave of foreclosures, and while the houses may still be standing, the devastation families experience through foreclosure is on the scale of that experienced in a massive natural disaster. Northside neighborhoods and residents are concerned about the negative impacts on individuals, families and communities.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Assessing the Housing Need in the Latino Community. 2008 Savage, Emily

Neighborhood Development Alliance was founded in 1989. Its mission is to strengthen the vitality of lower income neighborhoods within the city of St. Paul by creating and preserving housing and business opportunities for residents of all income levels. In the beginning, NeDA focused on developing and renovating housing and assisting homeowners with home repair projects on the West Side of St. Paul. Over time NeDA became a Latino-oriented organization in order to serve the Twin Cities Latino population.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Changes in Communities Served by the Northwest Community Revitalization Corporation. 2008 Payton, Ian

The Northwest Community Revitalization Corporation (NCRC) is a nonprofit affordable housing organization in northwest first tier suburbs of Hennepin County, Minnesota. The Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council formed NCRC in 1992 and the organization is a Community Housing Development Organization. Four cities are currently served by NCRC: Robbinsdale, New Hope, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove. Communities served in the past but are no longer active are Brooklyn Center and Crystal.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, Hennepin County, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Family Means: Assessing the Youth and Family Needs of Households with Children in Landfall, Minnesota. 2008 Rodriguez, Roxana

FamilyMeans applied for a Communiversity personnel grant through the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) to conduct an evaluation of their after school programs in Landfall. Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) was contracted to conduct the assessment because of their long history and mission in providing advocacy and empowerment efforts through research to the Latino community in Minnesota.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program education, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Summary of Hope Community NPCR Research Assistantship Work. 2008 Erickson, Alyssa

Hope Community applied for a Research Assistant to create GIS maps for their organization for two main purposes: 1) understanding the context in which they work by mapping their neighborhood, and 2) identifying sites for possible future affordable housing development.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Minneapolis Community Gardens: A Study of Public Policies in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. 2008 Foster West, Erin

The Twin Cities Metro Area has a large number of community gardens but no comprehensive city policy regarding community gardening. As vacant or tax-forfeit land is increasingly unavailable, land has become difficult to acquire for establishing a community garden. Gardeners need to increasingly look toward public land to provide the space needed for community gardens. Public agencies also have the capability to provide much needed services such as water and compost and other services that cities and counties can offer community gardens.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (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)