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There Goes the Neighborhood? The Impact of Subsidized Multi-Family Housing on Urban Neighborhoods. 1996 Goetz, Edward G., Hin Kin Lam, and Anne Heitlinger.

Does subsidized housing ruin the neighborhood? In 1996 a professor of housing and two graduate students studied the impact of twenty-three subsidized multi-family projects developed by nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs) in the central neighborhoods of Minneapolis. They found that property values actually go up next to CDC housing projects, that crime goes down, and that the projects add to the stability of the neighborhood.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, crime, low-income groups, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, property values, renters, subsidized housing, tenants, urban planning
Fiscal Impacts of the St. Paul Houses to Homes Program. 1997 Goetz, Edward G., Kristin Cooper, Bret Thiele, and Hin Kin Lam.

Abandoned houses are powerful symbols of urban decline. The level of investment needed to turn such properties around is generally greater than the market value of the property. Can local governnments afford to rehabilitate such houses? In 1997 a professor of housing and three graduate students examined St. Paul's Houses to Homes program, analyzing the fiscal benefits and costs of restoring abandoned homes to prepare them for resale.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, housing, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, property values, renovation, St Paul, substandard housing, vacant housing
Connecting Neighborhoods: The 22nd Avenue Northeast Greenway. 1998 Goodman, Naomi. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Bottineau neighborhood, Holland neighborhood, Minneapolis, Mississippi River, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, parks, Windom Park neighborhood
Phalen Corridor Initiative Report: Summary of Big Communities Meetings--March 1999. 1999 Gormley, Kevin J. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), East Side neighborhood, Hmong, housing, minorities, Phalen neighborhood, St Paul
Phalen Corridor Initiative Report: Summary of Working Group Meetings. 1999 Gormley, Kevin J. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), corridors, East Side neighborhood, economic development, land use, Phalen neighborhood, St Paul
Phalen Corridor Initiative Report: Summary of 1998 Neighborhood Visits. 1999 Gormley, Kevin J. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), corridors, East Side neighborhood, economic development, employment, land use, Phalen neighborhood, St Paul
Nokomis East Neighborhood Social Programming Research and Bossen Community Survey. 1999 Greenwood, Ryan. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, Bossen, low-income groups, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, Nokomis East neighborhood, public housing, social services, surveys
Urban Farm & Garden Alliance Nelson Report 2015 Grewell, Rachel

In 2014 the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance (UFGA) brought together the leaders of/members of 6 unique community garden plots in the Aurora/St. Anthony and Frogtown Neighborhoods: Lexington Commons, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Morning Star Baptist Church, Victoria Community, CDC Greenhouse Garden, Aurora/St. Anthony Peace Sanctuary Garden.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Urban Farm & Garden Alliance Nelson Report UPDATE 2015 Grewell, Rachel

CURA’s support has allowed the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance to embark on a measurement project for their gardens. The goal was to collaboratively design a system for measuring multiple yields and use the results from that process to create community friendly guides that will be accessible to anyone interested in doing this type of measurement. The objectives of this CURA project included a pilot growing season from the summer through the fall of 2015 in which the UFGA gardens and backyard gardeners weighed and measured their produce.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Appendix Materials for Stevens Square Community Organization: An NRP Retrospective. 1999 Groen, Katie M. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program evaluations, focus groups, Loring Park neighborhood, Minneapolis, neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), Stevens Square neighborhood
Stevens Square Community Organization: An NRP Retrospective. 1999 Groen, Katie M. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program evaluations, focus groups, Minneapolis, neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), neighborhoods, Stevens Square neighborhood
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
1990 Saint Paul Housing: Plan Challenges and Opportunities for Dayton's Bluff. 1999 Groen, Katie M. et al. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, East Side neighborhood, homeowners, rehabilitation, renters, St Paul
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.

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
Abandoned Gas Station Inventory of the Jordan Area: Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1998 Guarasci, Patrick. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program environmental protection, gas stations, Jordan neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), pollution, vacant buildings
ReDesign: Built from the Inside Out Guillaume, Solange
Like many a good story, this one starts from the end, working back to the beginning—at least, when this researcher last worked with the Aurora St. Anthony Peace Sanctuary Garden. This garden, a place of education and community advocacy, operates through the open-hearted and consistent efforts of its community members.
Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community gardens, gardens
Manual For Preserving The Records Of Neighborhood Organizations. 2001 Gustafson, Kathryn. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program archives, history, Linden Hills neighborhood, manuals, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods
The Effects of Prostitution on North Minneapolis Residents. 2007 Gustavson, Jennifer.

takeholders in North Minneapolis have identified prostitution as a significant cause for concern because it negatively impacts neighborhoods. The Prostitution Project, a program of Folwell Center for Urban Initiatives, set out to document and assess the extent, scope, and nature of prostitution in North Minneapolis and its effects on residents, businesses and people in prostitution with the goal of decreasing the negative impacts of prostitution. This project summary reviews a survey of residents who answered questions about the impact of prostitution on their lives.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program crime, Folwell neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, prostitutes, prostitution, sex workers, survey research
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
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:

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Community Oriented Policing Evaluation of the Seward Neighborhood. 1999 Hannah, Paul. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program block clubs, crime prevention, evaluation, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, police, Seward neighborhood
Harrison Neighborhood Association Anti-Racism Project Summary. 2007 Hansen, Toran.

The Harrison neighborhood is located in North Minneapolis. This project was part of an ongoing effort of Harrison residents to promote racial and economic equity using an anti-racist analysis. The report contains four institutionalized racism cases: (1) The case of Bobby William's gas stations in Harrison; (2) The history of segregation and the concentration of poverty in Harrison; (3) The Hollman Decree; (4) An anti-racist analysis of the Harrison Neighborhood Association itself.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, Hmong, immigrants, low income, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), poverty, race, racism, Somalis
Smith Avenue: A Historical Overview 1950-Present. 2010 Harnik, Rebecca. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Franklin Avenue LRT Station Area Planning and Design. 2000 Harrison, Rich. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, community planning, design, Franklin Avenue, Hiawatha corridor, light-rail transit (LRT), Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Seward neighborhood, transit stations, transit-oriented development (TOD), transportation
Cleveland Neighborhood Issues Campaign: 'The Cleveland Clean-Up.' 1996 Hatcher, Kristine. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Cleveland neighborhood, code violations, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA), Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), subsidized housing, substandard housing
Financial Capacity-Building Opportunity: A Look at Twin Cities Immigrant & Refugee Entrepreneurs 2014 Her, Meg

This report examines the entrepreneurial capacity and economic development of immigrant and refugee business owners within the Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN area. Data was collected in three phases: 1) to assess business development products and services available to immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs, 2) to gather detailed information on key areas of interest and to drive survey design, and 3) to evaluate the economic capacity of the target population.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Brief History of CARAG. 1998 Herman, Nicholas. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Calhoun neighborhood, history, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
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.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program