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Envisioning the Arts Avenue: A Pedestrian Design and Lighting Study for the Sheridan Neighborhood. 2006 Maleitzke, Adam.

In the Sheridan Neighborhood of Minneapolis, a recent development has been the emergence of the 13th Avenue arts district, known as the Arts Avenue. As momentum gains along the Arts Avenue, the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO) wanted to explore pedestrian lighting along the 13th Avenue corridor and surrounding residential areas. This report addresses the need for an Arts Avenue vision, draws on suggestions from local artists and residents, and analyses current and proposed land uses in the neighborhood.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program capital, corridors, historic preservation, historic sites, history, infrastructure, livability, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), pedestrian lighting, pedestrians, Sheridan neighborhood
Equitable Access for All 2015 Chiumento, Alyssa

The Aurora/Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC) is a nonprofit organization that operates various economic development, social, and housing programs for the Aurora/Saint Anthony, Frogtown, and Summit-University neighborhoods in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Guided by its mission to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities it serves, ASANDC focuses much of its resources on youth programming.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Equitable Access for All 2015 Chiumento, Alyssa

The Aurora/Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC) is a nonprofit organization that operates various economic development, social, and housing programs for the Aurora/Saint Anthony, Frogtown, and Summit-University neighborhoods in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Guided by its mission to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities it serves, ASANDC focuses much of its resources on youth programming.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
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)
Evaluating Redevelopment on Lyndale. 2001 Zhang, Jun. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program business development, industry, land use, Lind-Bohanon neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
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
Examination of Beltrami Youth and Senior Activities. 1998 Wolfgram, Rebecca and Joy Parizek. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program aged, Beltrami County, elderly, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), neighborhoods, seniors, surveys, youth
Examining Implications of Improved Riverfront Access and Redevelopment in North Minneapolis 2017 King, Eric

While the Twin Cities is nationally recognized as having one of the best park systems in the nation, inequities exist in regards as to who can access and use these amenities. As the Above the Falls Regional Park is developed and Upper Harbor Terminal site redeveloped, it will be important that specific strategies are in place if these new amenities are meant to serve both the Northside community and populations historically underrepresented within the park system along with addressing any potential adverse impacts.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Exploring School-to-Work Programs and School/Work/Community Partnerships on St. Paul's West Side. 1998 Heymans, Mark. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program employment, jobs, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, St Paul, surveys, West Side neighborhood, youth
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)
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)
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
Feasibility Analysis of an American Indian Multi-Purpose Facility in East St Paul: Update of a Demographic Database for American Indians in the Twin Cities. 2001 Swenson, Cyndie. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program American Indians, community centers, Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), databases, demographics, Minneapolis, Native Americans, needs assessment, St Paul, students, US Census
Feasibility Study for the Creation of a Latino Credit Union in Minnesota. 2006 Diaz, Jose.

Linguistic barriers, identification requirements, and cultural bias against formal banking institutions are all factors that reduce immigrant access to credit and other traditional banking services. Compared to others, Latinos are more likely to be without any connection to the formal banking sector and are 62% less likely to have any retirement savings. Throughout the United States, Latino community members have taken matters into their own hands and established fully bilingual credit unions.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program banking, credit, financial aid, financial services, financing, Hispanics, immigrants, Latinos, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Field Study of Appreciative Inquiry Method: Understanding and Supporting our Diverse Community.Category: Organizational Development, Planning and Evaluation 2002 Akdere, Mesut. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Asians, Blacks, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Prospect Park neighborhood, Somalis
Fighting Graffiti: An Investigation of Causes and Solutions. 2007 Allen, Daniel.

Beginning in the summer of 2005 and into the following winter, the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA) received a number of complaints related to graffiti. In most cases, concerned residents had been vandalized and subsequently took note of the extent of graffiti in the area. To address the problem, SENA formed a Graffiti Task Force in March, 2006. Initial meetings were dedicated to brainstorming potential solutions and gathering information. This report investigates the extent of the problem, and provides direction for future resident and SENA action addressing graffiti.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program gangs, graffiti, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), quality of life
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
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
Foreign-Trained Health Care Professionals Assets and Needs Assessment: A Focus Group Study. 2006 Omondi, Nancy.

Obstacles to licensure or accreditation can make it difficult for qualified foreign-trained health care professionals (FTHCPs) to contribute on a professional level. The purpose of this African and American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development (AAFACD) initiative was to assess the needs of unlicensed FTHCPs by identifying potential solutions that would allow them to successfully attain licensure as physicians or nursing professionals in Minnesota. The report includes several recommendations for helping FTHCPs meet the challenges of the licensure process.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Africans, Blacks, focus groups, foreign born, health employment, healthcare, Hispanics, immigrants, Latinos, licensing, Minnesota, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), nurse practitioners, nursing, training programs
Franklin Avenue Light Rail Transit Task Force. 2000 Mendez, Veronica. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program case studies, community development, community planning, corridors, design, Franklin Avenue, Hiawatha corridor, land use planning, light-rail transit (LRT), Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Seward neighborhood, transit, transit stations, transit-oriented development (TOD), transportation
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
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)
Frogtown as a model for innovative vacant land management: Health, economic, and ecological effects of improving access to parks 2015 Priestly, Kevin

Frogtown Green is a resident-led advocacy group that protects and maintains neighborhood green spaces as well as promotes sustainable, healthy, and creative development with-in District 7. By creating and protecting Frogtown’s green spaces Frogtown Green gives the community a unique opportunity to emerge from its dire economic circumstances and to re-build itself as a lively and sustainable community. This project will report on alternative and sustainable uses of vacant land in Frogtown that will bring a boost to the community.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
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
Funding for Neighborhood Organizations: A Study of Trends Over 1993-1996. 1998 Spoonheim, Joel. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Minneapolis, neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul
GIS and the Internet: Tools for Neighborhood Access to Information. 2003 Pittman, Shane Luther. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program demographics, geographic information systems (GIS), information systems, Internet, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), Phillips neighborhood
GIS-Based Environmental Equity and Risk Assessment: Methodologial Problems and Prospects. 1977 McMaster, Robert B., Helga Leitner, and Eric Sheppard. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program emissions, environmental racism, geographic information systems (GIS), Hennepin County, justice, Minneapolis, minorities, Phillips neighborhood, risk assessment, toxic chemicals, toxic release inventory
Going Beyond the Art: A Program Evaluation of Juxtaposition Arts Between 2005 and 2009. 2010 Leonard, Alecia. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Growing Community Resilience: Empowering Neighborhoods with Tools of Design for the Northern Climate. 2012 Biebrauer, Anna.

The intent of this handbook is to provide interested urban farmers, gardeners, and community groups with a basic design primer for creating a pocket farm, community garden, or community supported agriculture (CSA). I have gathered basic components of urban agriculture, researched multiple precedents, and offered a design eye about how to arrange them, what to consider, and how each element might be constructed, perceived, or used by farmers and their surrounding community.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Hale-Page-Diamond Lake: A Neighborhood History for Today. 1995 Chizek, Leah. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Diamond Lake neighborhood, Hale neighborhood, history, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, Page neighborhood