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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 Communities served in the past but are no longer active are Brooklyn Center and Crystal.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)
LRT Station Location and Configuration: Impacts andImplications for Development along the Central Corridor. 2008 Delaney, Will Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Improving the Social, Physical, and Economic Capital of an Urban Community through Residential Revitalization. 2008 Arbit, David

This undertaking seeks to evaluate the social, economic, and physical-infrastructural wellbeing of a St. Paul neighborhood as a result of a comprehensive residential redevelopment project. Nested within the West Seventh region of St. Paul, Brewery Town was named after the Jacob Schmidt Brewery that overlooks it. The redevelopment project has been a positive experience for the developers, residents, members of neighboring communities, city officials, and the West 7th/Fort Road Federation. Zero residential displacement was the single most salient factor contributing to this success.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul
29th Avenue NE - A Streetscaping Plan for Audubon Park. 2008 Maleitzke, Adam

29th Avenue Northeast is an east-west corridor that connects Central Avenue and Stinson Parkway through the Audubon Park neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis. The Avenue also runs through three blocks of the Waite Park neighborhood just west of Stinson. Along with Johnson Street, a north-south corridor, 29th Avenue is one of Audubon Park neighborhood's signature streets, connecting important destinations such as Audubon Park (a park bearing the namesake of John Audubon), a neighborhood retail node at 29th and Johnson, Northeast Middle School and Interstate 35W to the south.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), streetscape
Success Measures Home Improvement Program Evaluation. 2007 Jerden, Jamie.

This project summary contains a set of graphs and a summary of responses to questions asked by Sparc of neighborhood residents for the purpose of developing their strategic plan in 2007.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul, survey research
Building Community Connections: An Evaluation of the Seward Neighborhood Group's Resident Facilitation Services at Seward Towers East and West. 2007 Delaney, William.

The purpose of this report is to evaluate the current state of resident facilitation services provided by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) at the Seward Towers. The Seward Towers (Seward Tower East and Seward Tower West) collectively provide affordable housing to almost 900 people. The residents of the towers are a diverse group, including a significant percentage of senior citizens, with a majority of the total population being immigrants and refugees from East Africa.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, community partnerships, community programs, evaluations, low income, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Somalis, subsidized housing, surveys
West Broadway Gateway Project. 2007 Wilson, Craig.

Juxtaposition Arts collaborated with Hawthorne Area Community Council, Northside Residents Redevelopment Council, and West Broadway Area Coalition to plan for a gateway project along West Broadway Avenue. The collaboration sought assistance from CURA to conduct background research and develop a plan for the gateway.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, arts education, Blacks, community design, livability, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, parks, pedestrians, planning, sculpture, youth
ReMix Project: Juxtaposition Arts 2007 Bell, Joyce.

The Speak Your Mind campaign is a part of Juxtaposition Arts' larger Minneapolis North Side ReMix project, a grassroots redevelopment and city beautification program, which is adding public art to the north side piece by piece. The project is envisioned as a form of multicultural community organizing, bringing together Black, White, and Asian students to work on a project towards community change. This project summary outlines the process.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, arts, arts education, Asian Americans, community design, community partnerships, crime, Hmong, livability, minorities, murals, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, planning, quality of life, sculpture
St. Paul Festivals: Cinco de Mayo, Dragon Festival, Highland Fest and Grand Old Days. 2007 Salk, Raintry.

The Saint Paul Festival Association (SPFA) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to promote and support St. Paul's community festivals while celebrating the city's cultural and ethnic diversity. SPFA represents eleven community festivals in the city and provides group marketing and networking opportunities to members. Despite strong attendance and increasing community interest in the festivals, details on visitation to these events and their subsequent impact remain unknown. This report provides information about the visitor base for four St.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Asians, cultural, Hispanics, Latinos, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Ramsey County, St Paul, survey design, survey research
On Quantifying the Economic Impact of the Arts in the Minneapolis Arts District. 2007 Maleitzke, Adam.

Northeast Minneapolis, the city's oldest area, has undergone a major economic transformation in the past 15 years. A collection of warehouses and storefronts that were abandoned as the economy evolved away from industry were converted to homes and studios for enterprising artists. With affordable rents and relatively easy access to transportation and the central business district, an arts community quickly developed in Northeast.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Northeast Community Development Corporation (NECDC), Northeast neighborhood
More than Just Bricks and Mortar': A History of Redevelopment Efforts along the East Franklin Avenue Corridor, 1982-2007. 2007 Delaney, Will.

The stretch of East Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis situated between I-35W and Hiawatha Avenue is a corridor of central importance to the surrounding Phillips/Ventura Village neighborhood. It is a distinctive corridor known for many years as the visible face of a 'troubled' and 'blighted' neighborhood. More recently, however, the corridor has become known for a renewed vibrancy in its economic and pedestrian life, what many observers see as the fruits of years and years of efforts to rebuild and revitalize the area.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commercial, community planning, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), partnerships, Phillips neighborhood, storefronts
Longfellow Community Population and Housing Characteristics, 1940-2000. 2007 Boettcher, Nick.

This report presents U.S. Census data for the Longfellow community over the 60 years from 1940 to 2000 and analyzes the data for trends and differences between the community and the city of Minneapolis as a whole, as well as between different areas of the community.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program demographics, history, Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Johnson Street Business District Parking Study. 2007 Rosenberg, Jeff.

The Johnson Street business district in the Audubon Park neighborhood of Minneapolis is a thriving, neighborhood-scale commercial node. In the next several years, it is poised to see the development of a number of new businesses, most notably the revitalization of the Hollywood Theater. With those new developments will come a large increase in the demand for parking. In anticipation of the new development, this study was commissioned by the Audubon Neighborhood Association.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Audubon Park neighborhood, commercial corridors, community development, land use, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), parking, redevelopment, traffic
Bottineau Neighborhood Housing Inventory and Analysis. 2007 Corradini, Greg.

This project involved a housing inventory and analysis in the Bottineau neighborhood of Minneapolis that took into account six variables: architectural style, massing (building area compared with parcel area), primary exterior, R2B parcel area, setback, and building use (focusing on single-family conversions).

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Bottineau neighborhood, community design, community planning, housing inventory, land use, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
University Communities Housing Needs Survey. 2007 Ayers, Matthew.

The rise in demand for undergraduate housing near the University of Minnesota has led to a considerable loss of owner-occupied homes in the area, due to buy-outs and the deteriorating sense of safety and community associated with these areas. To address their community concerns, the university-area neighborhoods of Marcy- Holmes, Southeast Como, and Prospect Park commissioned a survey to better understand the housing needs of the faculty and staff at the university, as well as graduate students, alumni, and retired faculty.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commuting, Marcy Holmes neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Prospect Park neighborhood, rental housing, residential choice, Southeast Como neighborhood, University of Minnesota, urban university
Residential Investment Activities in West Side Saint Paul. 2007 Rohrer, Amanda.

The Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA) had concerns about whether equity stripping was taking place in their targeted investment program area of St. Paul. Of particular interest was whether the owners of single-family homes and duplexes were converting the increased equity of rental properties to cash, without making necessary repairs to maintain the quality of their investment. To understand what was happening in this neighborhood, a graduate student research assistant examined evidence of investment and disinvestment in several census blocks within NeDA's target area on St.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program disinvestment, housing, mortgages, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul
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
Oromo Community Engagement: Bridging Social Capital in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood. 2007 Blevins, Jennifer.

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis is located adjacent to the University of Minnesota on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It has served as a settlement for new immigrants for over two centuries, starting with the influx of families from Scandinavian countries during the 1800's. One of the newest immigrant groups to enter the scene of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is the Oromo, the largest cultural group within the Horn of Africa, centered in Ethiopia.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community partnerships, community planning, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), organizing, outreach
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
A Study of Prostitution in the Jordan Neighborhood Pilot Study for the Northside Project Folwell Neighborhood Association. 2007 Hope, Liddy.

Stakeholders 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 highlights the process used in the pilot study supported by NPCR.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program crime, Folwell neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, prostitutes, prostitution, sex workers
Best Practices for Spending Phase II Housing Dollars: Recommendations for the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization. 2007 Warren, Emily.

As many neighborhoods in Minneapolis begin planning or implementing their allotted Phase II funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), many do so with a weary eye towards the future of neighborhood planning and support. At the time of this report, Phase II remains the final phase for which funds have been allocated for neighborhoods, with the future of NRP uncertain at best. This has caused neighborhood organizations and residents to wonder how they will remain sustainable when NRP support ends, which is expected to occur in 2009.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, Corcoran neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP)
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
Community-Owned Affordable Housing - Is it Practical? 2007 Wells, Julia.

This study reviews and evaluates the Lexington-Hamline Community Council's affordable housing program. Throughout the past twenty years in which Lex-Ham has owned the seven houses, many challenges have arisen, and the council has had to reconsider the ultimate goals of the council itself, as well as the goals of the housing program specifically. Operating a community-owned housing program takes a considerable amount of time, money, and other limited resources.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program housing programs, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Ramsey County, St Paul
The Effects of Prostitution on Businesses in North Minneapolis. 2007 Russell, Wynfred N.

According to the Folwell Center for Urban Initiatives and the Minneapolis Police Department Fourth Precinct, there are approximately 30 to 40 habitual prostitutes roaming the streets of North Minneapolis at no specific hours of the day or night, with visible concentration between 4 am to 7 am and 3 pm to 7 pm. This is when johns (clients) are known to drive through the area on their way to and from work.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program commercial, crime, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, prostitution
Review of Community Food Security Literature and Future Directions for Addressing Community Food Insecurity in North Minneapolis. 2007 Lawrence, Gillian.

The purpose of this report was to provide scientific data to the Northside Food Project (NFP) community organization. The research goals were threefold: to research existing literature on food insecurity in low-income communities, to examine demographic and food insecurity-related data in North Minneapolis, and to explore the need and means for a community food security assessment in North Minneapolis. The concept of food insecurity is central to this work.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, groceries, Hennepin County, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North Minneapolis, poverty
North St. Paul Oral History. 2007 Stanich, Nicole.

The North St. Paul Arts Council needed help with an oral history project to inform the creation of murals to be painted in North St. Paul. North St. Paul is going through a transition. Highway 36, which was built in 1933, divided the town in two. The highway is now being reconstructed, and many residents are concerned about the effect this highway project will have on the town. The new highway offers an opportunity for the community to become structurally unified and for its members to renew their sense of commitment to the town.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program artists, arts, community building, community design, historic preservation, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), North St Paul, Ramsey County, transportation