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Community Reinvestment Act Compliance: Creating Partnerships to Serve Communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 2004 King, David. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program banking, community development, community partnerships, investment, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), St Paul
Liberty Plaza Residents Survey Report - 2003. 2004 Vue, Neng.

Liberty Plaza (LP) is an affordable housing development located in the Summit-University neighborhood(District 8) in the City of St. Paul. LP consists of fourteen buildings. Within these buildings, there are 173units consisting of seventy- six apartments (10-efficiency, 42-one bedroom, 24-two bedroom units) and ninety-seven multi-level town homes (16- two bedroom and 81-three bedroom units). The property was developed in 1968 by Liberty Plaza, Inc., which is a non-profit corporation controlled by Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church (DAPC).

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
Juxtaposition Master Plan. 2004 Muratake, Satoko. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, arts education, Blacks, Minneapolis, minorities, Near North neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), planning, teenagers, youth
Stevens Square Community Organization Economic Development Study. 2005 Cohen, Parker, and Theresa Drey. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program business development, economic development, market analysis, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), shopping centers, Stevens Square neighborhood, surveys
A GIS Map Making Guide for Neighborhood Organizations and other Community-based Groups in Northeast Minneapolis. 2005 Peterson, Andrea.

Maps create effective visuals to display different neighborhood characteristics. A series of maps have been created for the Bottineau neighborhood as part of the Northeast Futures Project. This manual includes recommended base and overlay maps and the purpose for each map, the GIS data needed, and whether the map is easy or hard to create.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, demographics, geographic information systems (GIS), housing policy, housing profiles, housing stock, land use planning, mapping, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), North Minneapolis, Northeast neighborhood
Midtown Greenway Coalition: Public Open Space Vision Plan. 2005 Liljegren, Jeff.

This neighborhood based research and design report includes several boards showing designs for open space areas along the Midtown Greenway in south Minneapolis. The set of illustrative renderings depicts what different open spaces might look like along the greenway as a tool to help push forward the collective desire of 'Midtown Greenway' neighborhoods for public open space.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program environmental design, green space, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Underreporting of Crime by the Latino Community in the Lyndale Neighborhood: Perception or Fact? 2005 Barrera-Hernandez, Eduardo.

This report is intended to assist the Lyndale Neighborhood Association in finding out more about the underreporting of crime within the Latino community and to help to find alternative ways in which the Lyndale Neighborhood Association can assist the Latino community to report crime without fear or trepidation. A total of eighty-five Latino residents in the Lyndale neighborhood were surveyed. Each individual interviewed expressed their perspectives and/or experiences in reporting or not reporting crime and facing crime or criminal activity in their immediate surroundings.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community policing, crime, criminals, Hispanics, Latinos, Lyndale neighborhood, Minneapolis, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
CLCLT [City of Lakes Community Land Trust] Homebuyer Initiated Program Concept Development 2005 Nyquist, Daren.

Home sales prices in Minneapolis have posted record increases over the last four years. Aided by a combination of low mortgage interest rates and a rising demand for homeownership within the city limits, the Minneapolis housing market has produced impressive increases in sales prices. The purpose of this research is to analyze the Minneapolis housing market on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis in order to gather a more substantive view of housing affordability.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, community land trust, community programs, homeowners, households, housing demand, housing profiles, housing stock, loan programs, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), single-family housing
46th Street Light Rail Traffic Issues in Minneapolis, A Research and Participatory Study. 2005 Hiniker, Cole.

The Hiawatha Light Rail Line opened in June of 2004 in Minneapolis as the first rail transit line in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Soon after the line opened, neighbors and neighborhood groups began expressing concern over poorly operating intersections. One of the worst intersections serving both the LRT and automobiles was 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue. 46th Street serves not only as a neighborhood collector street but also as a throughput street for those coming from Saint Paul.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, congestion, Hiawatha corridor, light-rail transit (LRT), Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), noise, quality of life, surveys, transit-oriented development (TOD)
The History and Health Consequences of the Arsenic Contamination in and Around the CMC Heartland Lite Yard Site in South Minneapolis. 2005 Wei-Ho, Sing.

The Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis has dealt with numerous environmental pollutants in the last few decades. Arsenic is the latest contaminant to be added to this burden. This paper examines the issue of arsenic contamination in soil and groundwater in Phillips and surrounding communities by explaining the context of location, identifying potential health effects, summarizing the history of this contamination, and identifying options for community involvement.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), pollution control
The Mississippi Courts: Historically Capturing a Community and River Legacy. 2005 Flynn, Caitlin.

The Mississippi Courts Historical Society wanted a database to track historical information. This report contains information on the database that was created. The database lists the residents of the Mississippi Courts for each year that data was available. This database was created in Excel and is easy to update. It is posted on the web at www.mississippicourts.org/map in a user friendly form for intergenerational use. A website for the Mississippi Courts Historical Society was also created.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program historic preservation, Lind-Bohanon neighborhood, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), surveys
Solar Thermal Research Project. 2005 Bouman, Joe. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program emissions, environmental design, environmental protection, Green Institute, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), research, residential energy, residential heating
An Analysis of the Population and Housing Characteristics of Longfellow Neighborhood and Recommendations to Inform the Development of a Housing Strategy. 2005 Dalnes, Breanne. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community planning, demographics, housing, housing demand, housing developments, housing policy, housing stock, Longfellow neighborhood, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP)
Runaway Train? Federal Preemption of State and Local Laws. 2005 Slaughter, Kara. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program federal law, federal policy, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), railroad, transportation, zoning
Assets and Needs Assessment of Foreign Trained Medical and Nursing Graduates in Minnesota and Utilization of Foreign Trained Healthcare Professional Graduates. 2005 Omondi, Nancy.

While Foreign Trained Health Care Professional Graduates (FTHCPGs) play a critical role in filling the US health care workforce, they endure a complicated set of education and licensing requirements to practice in the US. This report examines 1) The existing barriers and opportunities to overcome those barriers so FTHCPGs can continue to work in their specific medical field after immigrating to Minnesota 2) System adaptations and changes that would be feasible to assist the FTHCPGs to work in their choice of profession.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program healthcare, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
St Paul Community Gardens: A Study of Public Land Use Policies and Relationships with District Councils. 2005 Noy, Brian.

The Twin Cities is home to an impressive number of community gardens. As the pressure for development increases and vacant spaces disappear, it is necessary for communities to begin to look towards public lands. It is also vital that they understand how public agencies and community organizations interact with each other and how they can cooperate to create and protect lasting gardening spaces. This research project created an inventory of public land use policies in St Paul and Ramsey County to assist garden organizers in locating and acquiring space for community gardens.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program green space, land use planning, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), parks, St Paul, zoning
Job Disparities and Economic Development Opportunities. 2006 Cunningham, Yolanda.

This report is intended to answer specific research questions regarding employment and contracting opportunities for minorities working for the city of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The report resulted from a project undertaken with African American Action Committee that (1) collected data on current employment disparities and hiring practices by the city related to people of color and (2) collected data on the construction contracts awarded by the city to minority contractors, developers, architects, and suppliers.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program African Americans, Blacks, disparity, economic development, employees, employers, employment, job evaluation, jobs, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Twin Cities
Hmong-Americans in the Mainstream Newspapers of the Twin Cities. 2006 Lee, Hlee.

This report documents a project undertaken with Hmong National Development to analyze how the mainstream media, in particular the two daily newspapers in the Twin Cities, covered Hmong-Americans. The research included an analysis of news articles in the two papers, interviews with community members, and discussions with journalists. The research found that the majority of the time, when a Hmong-American is written about, his or her race is mentioned.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program diversity, Hmong, immigrants, Minneapolis, minorities, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), news media, Southeast Asians, St Paul, Twin Cities
The Mother of All Maps. 2006 Peterson, Andrea.

This map was produced as part of the Northeast Futures Project, which was undertaken in partnership with the Northeast Community Development Corporation (NE CDC) and was intended to encourage proactive planning in the 13 Northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods. The map identifies all current, planned, pending, and potential development sites in the neighborhood.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program community development, community planning, developers, economic development, economic impacts, geographic information systems (GIS), land development, land use, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), Northeast neighborhood, zoning
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
2005 St. Paul Housing Study: Owner-Occupied Housing. 2006 Russell, Robert.

The purpose of this report is to provide a current analysis of the financial barriers that households in the City of St. Paul face in regards to homeownership.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, barriers, demographics, financing, homeowners, homes, housing profiles, housing programs, housing stock, income, mortgages, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), prices, St Paul
Multi-Family Rental Housing Review Greater Longfellow 2005. 2006 Karki, Avigya.

The greater Longfellow community in central Minneapolis is increasingly diverse, with significant increases in Latinoa and East African populations. Seward Redesign, in collaboration with Seward Neighborhood Group and Longfellow Community Council, wanted to build on demographic research completed during the last several years to compile a profile on the availability of affordable rental housing in the community. This report includes specifics about the size and type of units, rental rates, rent restrictions, subsidies to the property, vacancy rates and ownership.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program affordable housing, community development, demographics, households, housing stock, Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis, multifamily housing, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), planning, public housing, real estate, rental housing, residential, Seward neighborhood, vacant
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)
Light Rail Transit Ridership Survey: Cedar Riverside Station. 2006 Rohrer, Amanda, Ifrah Farah, and Kitman Mok.

Since the completion of the Hiawatha light-rail line in December 2004, a number of changes have taken place in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. To determine the impact of light rail on the community, including both private residents and businesses, the West Bank Community Development Corporation commissioned a survey of riders' use of public transit, as well as businesses and services and their views of the neighborhood in which the Cedar-Riverside station is located. A total of 101 surveys were administered. This report summarizes the results.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program business development, Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, community development, community redevelopment, commuters, commuting, light-rail transit (LRT), Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), shopping, survey research, surveys
Thomas-Dale District 7 Planning Council Area Plan. 2006 Nesse, Kate.

District 7 is located northwest of downtown Saint Paul. It is bounded by University Avenue on the south, the Great Northern Railroad on the north, Interstate 35E on the east, and Lexington Parkway on the west. It includes the East Midway, Thomas- Dale/Frogtown, Capitol Heights, and Mt. Airy neighborhoods. District 7 is roughly 1.5 square miles in size and had 17,425 residents in 2000. This report analyzes neighborhood demographics and outlines seven goals for the area based on community input.

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
Needs Assessment of Foreign-Trained Healthcare Professionals in Minnesota. 2006 Holder, Wilhelmina and Nancy Omondi.

The number of immigrants to Minnesota from sub-Saharan West and East African countries has increased substantially during the last decade, due in large part to various national and tribal conflicts in these regions. Although many of these individuals are qualified professionals in their countries of origin, most discover they cannot practice in their field when they arrive in the United States because their licensure does not transfer to this country. This is particularly true in the healthcare field.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program certification, health employment, healthcare, immigrants, immigration, medical care, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR)
Community Benefits Agreements in Minneapolis Neighborhood Planning: The Harrison Neighborhood and Redevelopment of the Bassett Creek Valley. 2006 Khoury, Aron.

The meaningful involvement of residents in the planning and implementation of redevelopment plans that impact their community is essential to any successful community development project. Too often, however, the mechanisms that govern urban development do not allow for the type of resident involvement that realizes the greatest possible community benefit.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Bassett Creek Valley, community benefits agreements (CBA), community planning, Harrison neighborhood, land use, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), neighborhoods, redevelopment
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
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
Art Center Case Studies: A Comparative Report on Five Art Center Spaces and Design Decisions. 2006 Christenson, Erica.

Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) is located in the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood, just south of downtown Minneapolis. The purpose of this report is to document examples of other art centers that have undergone a move or redesign to better serve their membership and the public. Information was gathered through personal interviews, literature reviews, and Internet searches. The examples were chosen because the centers were comparable to SSCA in terms of size, mission, community connections, and accessibility.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program artists, arts education, case studies, Minneapolis, Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR), public services, redevelopment, Stevens Square neighborhood