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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)
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
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
Affordable Housing Siting Opportunities in Minneapolis. 2008 Robinson, Rachel C.. 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
Bottineau Neighborhood Master Plan. 2009 Spencer, Eden. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Multimodal Transportation at the Franklin Portland Gateway. 2009 Epperson, Dawn. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program
Market Survey of In-Home Health Care Providers. 2010 Nelson, Erika Grace.

As the North East Senior Citizen Resource Center (NESCRC) moves into 2009, it seeks new and creative ways to serve seniors residing in Columbia Heights, St. Anthony, and Northeast Minneapolis to further its mission: 'Helping Seniors Live Independently With Dignity.' Providing care in a senior's home can not only be more cost effective for seniors and their families, but also better for a senior's morale, and as a result, his or her health.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
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)
Lyndale Neighborhood Association Problem Properties Handbook. 2010 Thurnau, Kody.

The Memphis Community Development Partnership defines problem properties quite effectively as, 'ナany abandoned, vacant or occupied structure, lot or premise, which creates dangerous conditions that significantly affect the public health, safety, and welfare including but not limited to fire hazards, unsanitary conditions, criminal activities, general dilapidation and structural deficiencies' (2004). It was the goal of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) located in south Minneapolis to develop a system so that they can better address problem properties in their neighborhood.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Blue Thumb: Connecting Native Plant Growers with Buyers. 2010 Qualley, Kay.

This report focuses on group sessions that sought to answer four main questions for the East Metro Water Resource Education Program partners: 1) What landscaping preferences do people have for their yards or those of their workplaces? 2) How many people have heard of raingardens or the Blue Thumb program? 3) How concerned are people about water quality issues? 4) What opinions do people have about raingardens and natural landscaping?

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Seward Strategies to Enhance Walking and Biking. 2010 Pagel, Elise. Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Positive East Side Survey. 2010 Jalali, Bijan.

In recent years, the reputation of Saint Paul's East Side has suffered too often as a result of its constant association with predominantly negative stories in the media. The comprehensive East Side community represents over 1/3 of St. Paul but is frequently mistaken as one neighborhood instead of several. This harmful notion - along with the redistricting that has left several legislators, commissioners, and city council members with a 'piece of the East Side' - contributes to the stigmatization of an entire group when the actions of a few make media headlines.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
NOMI Final Report. 2010 Denzer, Kristin.

The NOMI Project started as a group of real estate professionals and others interested in changing the perception of North Minneapolis through grassroots word of mouth, to be later supplemented by larger efforts in the media. The group distributed brochures listing many of the positive assets of the area. The GLBT Northsiders group conducted a series of Get to NOMI tours for potential homebuyers over the summer of 2008. A research assistant was hired to research economic sustainability and the assets that lead to positive community development.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)
Listening to the Community Findings from the Phillips Neighborhood Park System. 2010 Cowell, Amy.

The Phillips Neighborhood Park and Recreation CURA Research Project began as a proposal from the Phillips Community Parks Initiative (PCPI) researching community needs regarding the planning of Phillips Parks and Recreation facilities. The research aims to identify community perceived ムgaps' between community needs and Phillips Park and Recreation services provided.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (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)
Lucy Craft Laney Campus Redesign Master Plan. 2010 Maleitzke, Adam.

The Lucy Craft Laney School is a 2-story, 1,000-student school building that was constructed in 2001. Located along Penn Avenue north of Lowry in North Minneapolis, the school is adjacent to Cleveland Park and 1 block northeast of the now-demolished Cleveland School. Lucy Craft Laney, the school's namesake, was a gifted and dedicated 19th century educator. Ms. Laney's committment to students, learning and literacy motivated her to found the Haines Institute, a school for African American children.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR)